The “flu season” is upon us. Have you ever had the flu? I don’t believe I have… certainly not in the last couple of decades. It seems that there are several types of “flu” and only 1 in 6 is actually influenza. So… you may get vaccinated against one type but there are others out there ready to grab on to you. Oh… maybe it would be better to eat well and live well and give our bodies the resources it needs to fight anything that may come our way whether it’s flu or a cold or something worse.
But what about all the hype we hear about the “flu shot”? After all, the shots are everywhere – Kroger’s, Walgreen’s – you can’t go anywhere these days without running into someone with a needle ready to inoculate you and save you from disease and death. What’s this about?
More and more health professionals are speaking out about flu vaccines being a bad idea but many people are still getting the shots. Dr. Peter Doshi (a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) has been very outspoken about the flu shot campaign and has criticized the CDC for using scare tactics. He says that even though the CDC is pledged to base their decisions on “high quality scientific data” that isn’t the case with influenza vaccinations and their marketing.
Flu vaccines were created to decrease the mortality of death from flu in the elderly but in the last 13 years the target market has increased to include everyone over the age of 6 months. Yikes! It has been reported by Brian Williams and Dr. Nancy Snyderman at NBC that people need to just get the shot. A better idea might be to just say “No”.
Dr. Doshi published his article in the British Medical Journal* (BMJ). A Newsmax article** stated “although the vaccines are being pushed on the public in unprecedented numbers, they are less effective and cause more side effects than alleged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Further, says Doshi, the studies that underlie the CDC’s policy of encouraging most people to get a yearly flu shot are often low quality studies that do not substantiate the official claims”.
“This means that influenza vaccines are approved for use in older people despite any clinical trials demonstrating a reduction in serious outcomes,” says Doshi.
“For most people, and possibly most doctors, officials need only claim that vaccines save lives, and it is assumed there must be solid research behind it,” says Doshi. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, he says.
There are a lot of questions being raised about the flu shot and the role the CDC plays in this. The CDC is a public health agency pledging “To base all public health decisions on the highest quality scientific data, openly and objectively derived.” But Peter Doshi argues that in the case of influenza vaccinations and their marketing, this is not so.
Quote from the article by Dr. Peter Doshi published in the British Medical Journal*:
“Promotion of influenza vaccines is one of the most visible and aggressive public health policies today. Twenty years ago, in 1990, 32 million doses of influenza vaccine were available in the United States. Today around 135 million doses of influenza vaccine annually enter the US market, with vaccinations administered in drug stores, supermarkets—even some drive-throughs. This enormous growth has not been fueled by popular demand but instead by a public health campaign that delivers a straightforward, who-in-their-right-mind-could-possibly-disagree message: influenza is a serious disease, we are all at risk of complications from influenza, the flu shot is virtually risk free, and vaccination saves lives. Through this lens, the lack of influenza vaccine availability for all 315 million US citizens seems to border on the unethical. Yet across the country, mandatory influenza vaccination policies have cropped up, particularly in healthcare facilities,1 precisely because not everyone wants the vaccination, and compulsion appears the only way to achieve high vaccination rates.2 Closer examination of influenza vaccine policies shows that although proponents employ the rhetoric of science, the studies underlying the policy are often of low quality, and do not substantiate officials’ claims. The vaccine might be less beneficial and less safe than has been claimed, and the threat of influenza appears overstated.”
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