Flu vaccine promotion is currently one of the most aggressive public health policies pushed in the United States, with both public officials and pharmaceutical companies advocating widespread vaccination each year. As a result, availability of the vaccine in the United States has jumped from 32 million doses 20 or so years ago, to over 135 million doses in present day.
Now, a scientist from John Hopkins School of Medicine has come forward with a report on influenza vaccines that says that despite the big push on them onto the public, flu vaccines are less effective and cause more serious side effects than previously disclosed by the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC).
The scientist, Peter Doshi, Ph.D., further alleges that the CDC uses sub par studies to prove to the public that getting a yearly flu shot is a necessity, and even mandatory at some healthcare facilities, putting people at risk of losing their jobs if they refuse.
In the report published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), Doshi says that the threat of the influenza is overstated, and that the vaccine is both less beneficial and less safe than has been claimed by the CDC.
However, if you read the CDC reports carefully, you will find that they acknowledge that the studies they use to find a reduction in death rates for those who get the vaccine, is actually due to the “healthy-user effect”, which is the tendency for healthier people to get vaccinated rather than less healthy people. In contrast, the only randomized study of the vaccine in older people to date found zero decrease in deaths.
The other issue is that the vaccine is often not closely matched up with the type of influenza that is going around. But even when it happens to be matched up closely, trials studying healthy adults found that vaccinating between 33 and 100 people resulted in one less case of influenza.
On the dark side of things, Doshi talks about an Australian study that found that one in every 110 children under age 5 who received the H1N1 vaccine in 2009 suffered from convulsions following being vaccinated. Additionally it was also found that the H1N1 vaccine may have caused a spike in adolescent narcolepsy rates.
Doshi’s publication exposes the fraud that flu vaccine promotion is. The money trail points back to the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture these vaccines, and the people who have something to gain from their sales. The bottom line here is, millions of people will get the flu vaccine this year, and will not get any benefit from it, but will get all of the risks associated with it.