Flu Vaccine: Doesn’t Work as Advertised
It is no surprise to readers of this blog that the flu vaccine is a blunt instrument at best. The flu is a complex disease delivered by one or more parasites infected with viruses, bacteria, and candida. Most deaths occur from pneumonia induced by weakening of the immune system and the onslaught of multiple pathogens. The flu vaccine only targets the WHO defined viral strains for the year. The “Florida flu” is not one of those strains. Even if the viruses are eliminated, there are many other organisms to contend with.
Flu Shots May Not Save Lives — Study
Mon Feb 14, 2005 11:41 PM ET, Reuters
CHICAGO (Reuters) – The flu vaccinations that doctors hoped would save the lives of fragile elderly people have apparently failed to lower death rates, U.S. researchers said on Monday.
More people whose health could be put at risk by influenza have heeded the call to get vaccinated before flu season, but the death rate during the winter flu season remained the same rather than declining, they said.
Based on U.S. mortality rates from 1968 to 2001, the study by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases found no correlation between increasing vaccination rates after 1980 and declining death rates in any age group.
“We conclude, therefore, that there are not enough influenza-related deaths to support the conclusion that vaccination can reduce total winter mortality among the U.S. elderly population by as much as half,” study author Lone Simonsen wrote in The Archives of Internal Medicine.