Goshen News, Goshen, IN

January 31, 2013

Flu vaccine not as effective as touted


— There has been much discussion about the flu vaccine lately. Cases of the flu, or “flu-like” symptoms, are being reported all across the country. The truth is, just because a person has symptoms of the flu doesn’t mean that they actually have contracted the influenza virus. In reality 80 percent of all “flu-like” symptoms are actually caused by other viruses or bacteria and not the influenza virus, so the shot won’t help in those cases. Also the numbers of deaths from the flu aren’t as high as you think. The actual number of deaths directly related to influenza in the U.S. from 1940 to 2010 has ranged from 411 to 21,041 deaths per year. The Centers for Disease control states that an average of 36,000 people die every year from the flu, which is not entirely accurate.

The vaccine is not as effective as it may seem. The well-known research article, published in The Lancet in 2011, states that the vaccine is between 60 to 80 percent effective at preventing flu. The actual results of the study showed that 2.7/100 unvaccinated people and 1.2/100 vaccinated people will get the flu. So taking the flu shot prevents 1.5/100 people from getting the flu, not 60/100, as you are led to believe.

Dr. Hugh Fudenberg M.D., an immuno-geneticist, states that if you receive the flu vaccine five years consecutively, your risk for developing Alzheimer’s Disease is 10 times higher then those who have received the vaccine zero to two times. The neurologic damages are a result of the aluminum and mercury in the vaccine being injected directly into the blood stream, which bypasses natural detoxification processes.

There are safer ways to prevent getting sick this season, including washing hands, eating a healthy diet, and supplementing with Vitamin D, which has been shown to be around 800 percent more effective at preventing flu then the vaccine in some cases.

— Dr. Brice Miller, DC

Goshen