Activist Post, Jan. 7, 2012
Annual flu shots have been shown to be largely ineffective in preventing the flu. Despite this, flu shots are not scorned, but encouraged. Sadly, intensive ad campaigns and pharmacy convenience will do little to increase their effectiveness.
If that weren’t concerning enough, the validity of this form of medicine is questioned further by the chemical contents within the shots themselves. Vaccine inserts describe in detail the effects of their thimerosal and cell tissue filled products. Injecting foreign bodies and heavy metals into your bloodstream (if it doesn’t maim you outright) would actually serve to weaken your immune system. This undeniably would make you more vulnerable to all forms of disease, including the flu.
CIDRAP, Oct. 31, 2011
Companies that market influenza vaccines in the United States are reacting cautiously to last week’s meta-analysis that highlighted gaps in the evidence for the efficacy of the vaccines, with officials stressing that vaccines are still the best preventive tool and that the firms are working to improve them.
The meta-analysis, published last week in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, showed that evidence from the best randomized controlled trials (RCTs) indicates that flu vaccines have an efficacy of about 59% in adults aged 18 to 65. The authors emphasized that vaccines remain the best defense against flu, but that better vaccines are needed.
“The authors have written a good and rigorous paper that does support the use of current influenza vaccines while new vaccines are developed,” said Darryl Maher, MD, vice president, medical and research [of CSL Biotherapies]. “It would be disappointing if those most at risk from influenza complications were to lose confidence in influenza vaccination on the basis of the paper.”
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