Flu Vaccine Effectiveness
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Sunday, October 21, 2012 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer (NaturalNews)

University study: Flu vaccine effectiveness claims are wildly exaggerated.

It is once again the season of influenza, and the push is on to "get your flu shot." But does this hallmark of Western medicine really provide the protection health experts claim it does? A recent study out of the University of Minnesota (UM) suggests not, having found that the two groups most at risk from developing serious complications from the flu, seniors and children, derive little or no benefit from getting flu shots.

Michael Osterholm from the UM Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy analyzed more than 12,000 peer-reviewed studies, documents, transcripts, and notes dating back to the 1930s, and found that there was very little solid evidence that the flu shot provides any real protection for most people. As it turns out, those at highest risk of suffering from the flu are least likely to derive any benefit from flu shots, especially because flu strains are constantly morphing and becoming more virulent.

"We found that current influenza vaccine protection is substantially lower than for most routine recommended vaccines and is suboptimal," said Osterholm about the findings. "We believe the current influenza vaccine will continue to have a role in reducing influenza morbidity until more effective interventions are available, but we can no longer accept the status quo regarding vaccine research and development."

Research proves that flu shots are medically useless
But what, exactly, is this "role" of which Osterholm speaks? If you consider the findings of a 2011 study published in the journal The Lancet, only 1.5 out of every 100 adults, at best, who get a flu shot will avoid developing influenza. Since only 2.7 out of every 100 adults develops the flu apart from getting a flu shot anyway, the benefits of getting a flu shot are statistically negligible, in other words, according to that particular study. (http://www.naturalnews.com)

In Osterholm's opinion, a flu shot should ideally be between 85 and 95 percent effective in all age groups before ever being considered effective and useful. This means that the types of flu shots currently administered to hundreds of millions of Americans every single year are complete medical quackery. And yet, even though officials are now admitting this inconvenient truth about flu shots, many are still pushing it as the "best defense available" against the flu, to quote the words of KARE News 11 in Minneapolis, which recently covered Osterholm's study.

If real flu protection is something that matters to you, it may be worth your while to consider supplementing with vitamin D3 during the winter months when natural sunlight exposure is limited. Taking extra B vitamins, eating more organic fruits and vegetables, supplementing with garlic, eating medicinal mushrooms, getting plenty of rest every night, and drinking plenty of purified, mineral-rich water are also highly-effective ways to naturally avoid the flu without risking potentially deadly side effects. (http://www.naturalnews.com/019194_flu_the_health.html)




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sebekm commented on Thursday, Jan 03, 2013 at 16:07 PM

Interesting. I stopped getting "mandatory" flu shots while in the military after three years of getting sick from the shots. (It also helped that I attained a rank which basically allowed me to "opt out" from flu shots without penalty.) But here are some folks who couldn't opt out, and were fired for not taking their shots:

http://foxnewsinsider.com/tag/employe...

Fair? YOU DECIDE.

JimmyMack commented on Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 15:05 PM

Ah yes...Faux News and God. Perfect pairing. Was it not God inspired Mormons or was it Seventh Day Adventists who let their only child die by relying on prayer and God to save her, instead of seeking medical help. I think the parents were later convicted of negligence toward a child and given jail time.

I started getting flu shots when I was 30. Guess what? No flu.

JimmyMack commented on Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 18:32 PM

Science Schmience. Who needs it? No Global warming and depletion of our earthly ozone. Polio-Schmolio. Chicken Pox-Chicken Schmox. Small Pox-Small Schmox...ya get the idea yet?

Preventitive injections BAD. Fire BAD too.

I almost forgot: the Earth is flat and the moon walk by Neil Armstrong was staged in a Hollywood Studio. Never happened.

sebekm commented on Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 18:38 PM

I stopped taking them (flu shots) because they gave me the flu. I was finally able to convince the PTB that a 100% chance of getting the flu from the shots was worse than a less-than-100% chance of getting the flu without the shots. Flu shots are the only forms of "sickness prevention" that I don't personally subscribe to. My wife and daughter both get flu shots and don't get sick from them.

up2sumptin commented on Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 23:48 PM

ReIt was neither Jimmy. The Mormons (they perfer LDS) and the Adventist do not support such doctrine. In fact if you check into it, you would find a large portion of the Adventist are in the healthcare profession. There is enough religious hate out there, lets not fan the flames.

I never get flu shots and rarely (Maybe once every five years) get sick.

JimmyMack commented on Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 10:09 AM

OK UP2. But it was some religious order that condoned no medical intervention in their failure to seek medical intervention for their child that died.

up2sumptin commented on Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 12:49 PM

I know Jimmy, I remember. The husband got off because he believed he was doing right. The mother was found guilty because she had her doubts. I do not remember the name of the religious affiliation. I don't think it was one that was easily recongizable.

JimmyMack commented on Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Well...that only leaves TOT's place of redemption and salvation. Let 'em all die and God will sort them out for eternal life. Cause the negligent parents sure must not have been of a liberal bent and took the child to the hospital. Tot's god is a conservative god, no liberals allowed.

timeontarget commented on Tuesday, Jan 08, 2013 at 07:05 AM

Mr webmaster please note JimmyMacks dragging me (in a negative way) into this blog string.

If this is the kind of blog site you care to monitor and you allow him to continue to bully all who have a different opinion eventually you will have only those of his kind to contend with.

I hope the Coastal Courier has not become reduced to that level of journalism, even on the electronic side.

Also note I had not participated on this particular blog string until I was referenced by the bully JimmyMack aka Jimmy Darsey.

JimmyMack commented on Tuesday, Jan 08, 2013 at 09:46 AM

You like dishing it out Tot, but you sure as heck cannot take it. You keep up your denigrating campaign towards me and I assure you it will come back to you in spades.

On a scale of 1-10 I consider our dust up a 4 or a 5. Not reaching the level of an all out nuclear exchange.

Yes, my name is Jimmy Darsey. What is your real name TOT?


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