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Title: Should You Get A Flu Shot?
Source: Dr. B's Holistic Medicine
URL Source: https://www.drbrownstein.com/should-you-get-the-flu-shot/
Published: Oct 18, 2019
Author: Dr. David Brownstein
Post Date: 2019-10-21 05:54:05 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 194
Comments: 4

Just as you can be sure that the sun rises in the East and sets in the West, you can count on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to encourage everybody to receive the flu vaccine.

 

Folks, this is flu season. Here is the 2019 CDC campaign to convince us all to the get the flu shot:

 

 

However, before you rush off to receive the flu vaccine, let me share some information with you. Last year, while the CDC was heavily promoting the flu vaccine for everybody, the flu vaccine was found to be ineffective for the vast majority who received it. This is shown in the Table below (data from CDC).

 
Age RangeAdjusted vaccine Effectiveness
Overall29%
6 months to 8 years49%
9-17 years6%
18-4925%
50-64 years12%
>65 years12%

 

Folks, the ineffectiveness of the flu vaccine was nothing new—unfortunately, this is the norm. You see, the flu virus mutates every year and to expect the flu vaccine to match the circulating strains is ridiculous.

 

And, the flu vaccine is not a benign medical intervention. There are side effects to receiving the flu vaccine including serious neurological problems like Guillain-Barre syndrome. The flu vaccine is the most compensated vaccine for vaccine injuries from the US Government.

 

Children are recommended to receive the flu vaccine even though the majority who do get it are not protected from the flu. But, that is not all. One study found children who receive the flu vaccine are at a 4.4x higher risk of virologically-confirmed non-influenza infections—in other words, they are more susceptible to other common flu-like viral infections.(1) And, to make matters worse, asthmatic children who receive the flu vaccine have been found to have a 3x significantly increased risk for hospitalization for the flu and flu-like illnesses. (2)

 

I feel very sorry for health care workers who are required to have the flu vaccine for employment. There is not a single randomized study showing that there are any benefits to immunizing health care workers either for themselves or the patients they are in contact with.   Look at the above table for the effectiveness of the flu vaccine last year—the vaccine failed 75-88% of adults who received it!

 

And, just a comment about pregnant women being recommended to get the flu vaccine. This is ridiculous! It is important for pregnant women not to activate their immune systems via an inflammatory response. Maternal immune activation (MIA) is the term coined to describe a pregnant woman’s immune system that has been activated by an inflammatory response.

 

To be fair, the flu can cause MIA and problems in the fetus. But, not all pregnant woman get the flu and it must be kept in mind that the flu vaccine (along with every other vaccine) was designed to create an inflammatory response in the recipient. This inflammatory response can lead to MIA.

 

Epidemiological data has shown the relationship between prenatal exposure to MIA and the occurrence of autism as well as other neurological, immunological, and behavioral abnormalities in animals and humans. (3) Why would anyone promote the use of a medical intervention—such as a vaccine—that is well known to activate inflammation in a pregnant woman? The package insert for the Fluarix Quadrivalent vaccine states, “ There are insufficient data on FLUARIX QUADRIVALENT in pregnant women to inform vaccine-associated risks.”(4) In fact, flu shots have been shown to be associated with spontaneous abortion (i.e., miscarriage) in pregnant woman. (5) The science would lead anyone to predict giving a pregnant woman a medical intervention–such as a flu shot–which causes MIA will increase her risk of miscarriage.

 

Please tell me why the flu shot is recommended for a pregnant woman each time she is pregnant?!

 

Folks, the flu vaccine is terribly ineffective. It causes more problems than it helps. We continue to waste untold amounts of scarce health care dollars on ineffective therapies like the flu vaccine.

 

Should you get a flu vaccine? Fuggetaboutit!

 

~DrB

 

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

I never want to get the flu shot, but I always do, for pragmatic reasons. My employer organizes the flu shot van to come to the office every year. True, it is not mandatory. And true, even with the shot one can get the flu. BUT if one were to NOT get the shot and get the flu and miss several days of work, one would hear the displeasure of management.

So, the prudent thing to do is just get the shot.

Vicomte13  posted on  2019-10-21   8:17:15 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Deckard, Vicomte13 (#0)

Look at the above table for the effectiveness of the flu vaccine last year—the vaccine failed 75-88% of adults who received it!

Admittedly, they don't have a great record of vaccine effectiveness, largely because they have to guess which strains will be dominant in flu season six months in advance so they can culture the eggs to make the vaccine. We are long overdue to finally replace the egg cultured vaccines that we have used for so long. The new Cell-based vaccines are promising but only work against certain strains of influenza so far. These are based on a known line of stable dog kidney cells that have been around for years, the Madin-Darby canine kidney cell line which were obtained from an adult cocker spaniel in 1958. There is another newer cell line based on insect cells that is especially useful for vaccines for those who have an egg allergy and can't use a normal vaccine. Egg-based vaccines are also undesirable because they typically only produce 1-2 doses of vaccine per egg. To meet a major public health emergency, it would be difficult to handle and process so many eggs by the tens of millions. And you have to wait six months to get the vaccine.

Last year was one in which they really missed the mark, rather badly. This seems happen about 1:5 years where they really guessed wrong. They also luck out and pretty much nail it about 1:5 years. Leaving 3 out of 5 years being so-so at effectiveness.

Given that flu viruses are almost guaranteed to mutate in the six months from the time they start creating the vaccine until flu season hits, flu shots can only be expected to grant limited immunity to a particular virus and mostly will keep people from getting as sick as they would if they hadn't had a flu shot to help them fight off the general strain of flu virus they came down with later. This is especially important for elderly people and people with severe chronic health problems. So this is why doctors are so urgent in getting people with health problems to get their flu shots. Because they are weak enough otherwise that getting the full-blown flu might kill them.

I wouldn't tell anyone to get or avoid a flu shot and am undecided myself. But I did get one last year for all the good it did me.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-10-21   21:26:35 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Tooconservative (#2)

I get it as career insurance.

Vicomte13  posted on  2019-10-22   6:21:13 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Vicomte13 (#3)

In an era of deregulation, that does make sense.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-10-22   8:27:35 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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