Flu “Epidemic”: The Numbers Just Don’t Add Up

January 15, 2013
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FluShould the government be recommending mercury-containing flu shots to everyone, especially if they are useless for 97.5% of adults?

One prominent media outlet says, “Influenza has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, with 7.3 percent of deaths last week caused by pneumonia and the flu,” according to the CDC. Another’s report, released the same day, says that “despite all those news reports about overcrowded emergency rooms, it’s too soon to say whether it will be worse than normal” and quoted the CDC as saying that the number of states reporting “high” levels of flu activity has actually dropped from 29 to 24. A third wonders why fewer than 65% of Americans got a flu shot this year, while a fourth notes that the flu vaccine is only about 62% effective, meaning that over a third of the people who do get flu shots still get the flu.

But that 62% figure is misleading. There are currently three different “epidemics” hitting the US: “true” influenza (type A, type B, or seasonal H1N1 influenza), norovirus (“stomach flu”), and whooping cough. According to a meta-analysis published in the weekly peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet, the flu vaccine is only 62% effective in preventing type A or B influenza or seasonal influenza A (H1N1). It doesn’t protect at all against norovirus and whooping cough. In other words, only 2.7% of all adults get type A or B or H1N1 influenza, and of them, the vaccine will fail 38% of the time, which means it really benefits only about 1.8% of the population.

Moreover, even preventing traditional influenza depends on the government guessing correctly well in advance about which strains will be a problem in the coming season. This year they got two influenza strains right but missed one.

In addition, there is no evidence that flu vaccine provides any protection whatsoever for adults 65 and over—even though the elderly are one of the flu vaccine campaign’s target populations. And to top it all off, the effectiveness of the whooping cough vaccine drops as time passes: a study found that the effectiveness fell from 98.1% within a year of completion of the vaccine regimen to 71.2% five or more years later. And even that figure is doubted by some scientists.

As we noted two years ago, the CDC’s figures are fabricated or false. It’s as if they’re saying, “Well, we really have no idea what the truth is, so we just make stuff up.” Could it have something to do with the cozy relationship between pharmaceutical companies, regulators, and the media?

Last October we told you about the flu shot being forced on healthcare workers. But it’s gotten even worse. Hospitals are incentivized to vaccinate their staff in order to receive favorable treatment under Medicare reimbursements. The Affordable Care Act established Hospital Value-Based Purchasing, which offers payment reductions if the hospital meets certain government-determined performance standards—and this often includes flu vaccination for its healthcare workers.

But if the vast majority of healthcare workers who do receive the mandatory flu vaccine will get the flu anyway, how does that really help the overall health of the staff? In light of this, it becomes obvious that mandatory flu vaccination policies are financially driven, and not patient-safety driven.

The problem is that some of the best healthcare workers choose not to vaccinate because they recognize the shot’s ineffectiveness—not to mention its risks—even at the threat of being fired. How absurd is it that the government is continuing to push the flu vaccine, when the shot is proving ineffective against the majority of current flu cases, and when there is a shortage of the vaccine anyway?

Of course, as both Dr. Jonathan Wright and Dr. David Brownstein strongly recommend, the best advice is to skip the flu shot, build up your immunity instead with vitamin C and vitamin D, and if you become infected, take vitamin A (real A, not beta carotene). Or use other tried-and-true natural remedies.

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26 Responses to “Flu “Epidemic”: The Numbers Just Don’t Add Up”

  1. Laurie says:

    I’ve read that medical scientists over a decade ago began working on vaccines that are grown in bananas-and other foods that are commonly eaten raw– supposedly so patients who fear having a shot can simply be fed one. (Scary)

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  2. Bill D. says:

    There have been whistle blowers who claim that the flu vaccine which they are pushing on us also contains chemicals which pacify our emotional reactions to negative stimulation. The power elite are behind it and want to keep the populace complacent and docile. Hence the major push to get everyone vaccinated. No thanks. I’ll keep my full awareness.

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  3. annie says:

    Dr Benjamin Sandler MD has shown in the 1940s how to avoid polio infections, and he set up successful information campaigns in Asheville, N. C., He worked for the government!! German doctor M. O. Bruker MD has followed up on Dr Sandler’s work and we now know that all virus infections occur when your blood sugar is very low. Prevent low blood sugar, and you have a good chance not to catch a virus infection. For more detailed information, please ask your my virus prevention report by leaving your request on my FB page Rawfoodspecials including an email where to send it to.

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    • Considering that many, many millions of Americans suffer from the exact opposite problem of low blood sugar (diabetics…), how do account for the many, many millions of Americans who have contracted the flu this year? LOW blood sugar? ALL viral infections? Really?

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    • Zoe says:

      it seems that this year’s “flu epidemic” hype is a brilliant guerrilla marketing campaign. it all makes sense when you consider that the vaccine manufacturers need to make sure that the drugstores and other retailers are moving product.

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  4. jonik says:

    A bottom line is…it is unreasonable to trust public legislators and even health officials who have economic links to profiteering pharmaceutical industries, and quite reasonable to distrust them.

    THE Bottom Line is…forbid such economic links. Always check official’s industrial links before even thinking of accepting their word on anything.

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  5. Bob says:

    It’s not fully accurate to say that no ones being forced to get the flu vaccines. People have lost their jobs by refusing the vaccine (e.g. nurses). Besides all the less than honest hype is a type of subtle coercion that uses guilt to shame people into compliance.

    No the flu shot is not 100% effective, but I’m not hearing those hyping the vaccine say that it might or might not protect you. They imply a much higher level of protection than is the case.
    Honesty goes a long way, and I’m not seeing it. You gotta wonder why.

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  6. Christi says:

    The article has a link to “tried & true natural remedies”, that author states in “11 ways to prevent the flu” one should get vaccinated. Hmmm, can’t you find someone who doesn’t promote getting the flu shot?

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    • Maria says:

      to Christie – the link to Tried & True alternatives written by a RN mentions boosting your immune system. . and various alternatives such as Lemon; garlic; steam; ginger, honey; salt water etc. .all very viable alternatives. . . . no mention of getting a flu shot. . Hmmm

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    • Ginger says:

      these links are not put there by the person responsible for the article. They are everywhere. If you click on any of them, you will see they have nothing to do with the article.

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  7. Brian says:

    The fear-mongering on this page is as bad as you claim the CDC offers. You don’t back up many of your “facts” and the follow up comments are even worse. The government may be trying to get your guns, but no one is forcing you to get the dreaded flu shot.

    One of you claims that you know a girl who got the flu shot, and then died? What in the world does that prove? That the flu shot isn’t 100% effective? That’s no surprise. But if you think that means it isn’t effective at all, you are trying to spread fear.

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    • bk says:

      Facts. Drug manufacturers will make a new record $21billions in “12. Vaccines are loaded with toxic ingredients like Mercury and Aluminum. fear mongering propaganda monies is coming from Corporations in cahoots from colluded Gov. agency’s like the FDA. If you still think vaccines are worth the risk go ahead and join the the rest of the ever groping obsess, diseased ignorant Americans.

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    • Steve says:

      Brian, the Cochrane Collaboration’s 2010 in depth review of over 290 studies concluded that:
      1) Outside of the extremely rare occurrence of the vaccine matching identically and having widespread coverage the vaccine is 1% effective, meaning you’d need to vaccinate 100 people to protect 1 set of influenza symptoms.
      2) There is zero evidence the vaccine is effective in children under 2, yet the CDC still says start at 6 months.
      3) There is zero evidence the vaccine affects complications such as pneumonia or transmission.
      4) There is zero evidence that vaccinating health care workers in long term care facilities protects the elderly.

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20614424
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20166073

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  8. janeto says:

    Last week, I watched CBS national news and an east coast dr said the vaccine DID NOT cover the B virus, and that the B virus accounted for 10% of the cases there. I have heard effective rates of 60% most of the time, however, again on CBS, I heard 50%. One teenager in my state who did get the vaccination, passed away last week.

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  9. Bob Bryan says:

    Very scary stuff! The same goes for dentist that admit fluoride is toxic and really serves as no health benefit at all after the age of 6 months. I once asked a dentist why his belief in fluoride and his response was, “it’s not a belief – it’s an easy way to pay the bills”. Medically speaking, everybody’s sleeping with somebody and the FDA is always there to fluff the pillow.

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  10. Lou says:

    “Influenza has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, with 7.3 percent of deaths last week caused by pneumonia and the flu,”

    Well here is a choice statement. How about this one.

    “Influenza has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, with 100% percent of deaths last week caused by deadly ailments and the flu,”

    Here is a little more specific information.

    The CDC has CONTINUOUSLY overstated the mortality of seasonal influenza often by over 100 fold. For many decades the CDC told us each and every year that influenza killed 36,000 of us each year. They are NOW saying they have no idea how many die from the seasonal flu. We know it is less than 700/year for MOST years, perhaps MUCH less if based on serological results. Only slightly overstated figures from the UK imply less than 200/year die in the USA from influenza A or B. Based on serological results my guess is it is a mere handful.

    Deaths Due to Respiratory Causes in the UK, 2009 Cause of Death

    Total Deaths % of Total

    Pneumonia 28,152 40.8

    Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease (mainly bronchitis) 25,688 37.2

    Other 15,103 21.9

    Influenza 31 0.04

    Total 68,974

    Source: UK Office of National Statistics

    Since humans and flu viruses inhabit both the UK and USA I can assure the USA data is very similar.

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  11. Karen Simons says:

    The CDC is full of nonsence, attempting to control our minds. Propagandists never seem to comprehend that most poeple are still smart enough to add 2+2 and arrive at 4. We must not allow ourselves to relax or become ignorant of any topic that seems to be strange, weird or doesn’t make sense. In todays world, COMMON SENSE isn’t all that common!!

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  12. Sherry says:

    No Mercury for me. That is disgusting and very unhealthy.

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  13. Mahhn says:

    yeah, it’s all about the money, always has been, always will be.

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  14. Rick says:

    I am a clinical and retail pharmacist who has also worked for pharmaceutical companies in the past. This article is very believable and verifies nicely what I’ve learned over the years. Since when do 2 year olds need a flu vaccine? Since there’s big money in it, and since mom and dad are too busy and too strapped to stay home with a sick kid.

    Here’s the dirty little secret about most medicines. They will be pretty effective for about a third of the population that takes them properly, they will be neutral or ineffective for a third, and they will actually cause harm to about 33 percent.

    Regards!

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  15. Michele says:

    I do not agree flu vaccinations should be mandated like smallpox and polio shots were mandated. This flu “epidemic” is not a deadly disease or cause permanent damage to human bodies. I think ‘ epidemic” is just synonomous with commercialism these days. Bad law. Bad government action.

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    • Joan Kirby says:

      I am one of those health care workers with the ‘mandatory’ flu shot. Last year we were told to take the flu shot or be terminated unless we could ‘prove’ a flu allergy. A doctor’s note wasn’t good enough. A co-worker with history of an egg allergy took benadryl per the employee health nurse before her flu shot. She was in the ER and almost had a tube down her throat to breathe. One year later after multiple hospitalizations she is minus a job which denies the illness due to the flu shot and about to go bankrupt. I was ‘lucky’ enough to only be sick for several months and still able to work. I can now after ‘proving’ my flu shot allergy keep my job by wearing a mask the entire work day for the entire flu season. I am sincerely hoping a test of the case law will reverse this trend!

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  16. jack says:

    Flu shots = Flu

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  17. The real problem happens upon presenting this evidence to a vaccine pushing doctor; they will insist that the source of this evidence is not “official” or did not come to them through “official channels” no matter how logical the evidence disproves the effectiveness of their 2 cent garbage vaccines. Vaccine pushing doctors keep insisting that “the benefits out weight the risks.” I’m pretty sure they’re lying when they say they “gave themselves the flu vaccine and they feel fine.”

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    • Ken says:

      Don’t forget cancer-causing monkey viruses in the vaccines. Read “Dr. Mary’s Monkey” by Edward T. Haslam. Why else would President Nixon create his “War on Cancer” as one his first acts in office He knew what had happened in New Orleans as vice-president. Pages 263,265 and 187 of the book
      It is all part of the “soft kill ” Dumb us down with flouride and psychiatric drugs; distract us with electronic “bread and circuses” and then, slowly kill us off with vaccines.

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