Healthy Beginnings

The Flu Shot Farce

With all the hype about getting your flu shot, you would think it is really important to get for your health. As with many things, it turns out the reality tells a far different story.

Flu shots first came into widespread use in the 1980’s. At that time about 33-35,000 deaths occurred each year, due to the flu. You would think that implementation of flu shot programs would dramatically cut the death rate. It has not. In fact, in 2004, manufacturers of that year’s flu vaccine happened to fall far behind their production schedules for technical reasons, causing a 40 percent drop in immunization rates. Mortality rates did not change.

Every spring, the “experts” have to decide which three of the 20 known flu strains of the virus must be chosen to make the vaccine for that fall, when the flu outbreaks start. For three different years, since the 1980’s, they chose the wrong strains. You would think the mortality rate would skyrocket. They did not change one bit!

In 1989, only 15 percent of people over age 65 in the US and Canada were vaccinated against the flu. Today, more than 65 percent are immunized, yet the death rate among this age group during flu season has increased rather than decreased.

The next time your doctor tries to convince you to get a flu shot, ask him or her to show you the double blinded, placebo controlled studies that prove the efficacy of flu shots. They will not be able to do it because the studies do not exist. They have never been done! This, from the profession that claims to practice only “scientific, evidence based medicine”!

Influenza is a respiratory disease, spread by droplets from sneezing and coughing. There has never been a scientific study that proves the efficacy of preventing a respiratory disease by giving an injection.

In 1968 the government warned of an impending swine flu epidemic and the need for a wide spread immunization program to prevent it. The epidemic never happened, but what did happen is that 25 people died after receiving the vaccine. In addition, 500 people developed Guillain-Barre’ syndrome, a severe inflammation of the nervous system compared with polio that can cause paralysis and be fatal. In the end, the vaccine proved far worse than the disease.

This is not even to mention the lack of research on the safety of these vaccines. In fact, federal legislation has been passed to protect the manufacturers from being sued by people injured by the use of these products.

But who cares whether flu shots work or are even safe…we have an economy to run and global corporations to feed. What do you think? You can vote by not getting your shot!


1. New England Journal of Medicine, July 16, 2009; 361:279-285

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