This article was edited from Dr. David Brownstein who is a holistic M.D. in Michigan and an expert in areas of natural health and environmental/food toxins, as well as internal medicine. I feel passionately after my own research as well, that this information is very important to know before you go ahead and get the flu shot for 2013-2014 season.
The CDC just released its latest numbers on the 2012-13 flu vaccine effectiveness and the article stated that it is actually only 56% effective against the flu. The CDC states, “Confirmation of the protective benefits of the 2012–13 influenza vaccine among persons aged 6 months–64 years offers further support for the public health benefit of annual seasonal influenza vaccination and supports the expansion of vaccination, particularly among younger age groups.”
Is the flu vaccine really 56% effective and should it be expanded? The truth is that this vaccine is virtually worthless, especially for those who need it most—the elderly.
Dr. Brownstein after many hours of research, found that the mainstream media must have manipulated the numbers to show the vaccine does work. In fact, what the mainstream media reported was a vast misrepresentation of the actual data.
- The CDC enrolled 2,697 adults in this study. Let’s first look at the first group—I will call them Group A– that did not get the flu. Group A consisted of 1,582 subjects who did not get the flu. In Group A, 793 were given the vaccine in this group—50%. So, the CDC can tout a 50% efficacy of the flu vaccine. However, the other 50% of the subjects did not get the flu vaccine nor did they contract the influenza virus. I say, these numbers show the ineffectiveness of the flu vaccine. Since 50% of the subjects did not get the vaccine or get the flu, where is the effectiveness of the vaccine?
- Let’s move to Group B—those that were diagnosed with the flu. The Group B data showed that of 1117 subjects who tested positive for the flu, 367 received the vaccine. That means that 33% of those vaccinated still became ill with the flu. If we take the 50% from group A who did not get the flu and had the flu shot and subtract the 33% from group B who got the flu vaccine and also became ill with the flu, we have a net benefit of 17%. So, the flu vaccine is, at best, 17% effective from protecting you against the flu! But, keep in mind, that 50% of the non-vaccinated subjects never became ill with the flu. Again, “Where’s the beef?” These numbers provide no information supporting the efficacy of the flu vaccine.
- This study reported that roughly 50% of the subjects contracted the flu. In the general population, only about 5-20% becomes ill with the flu. This study was suffering from a selection bias—it was studying a population that was more prone to get the flu as compared to the general population. This bias would only serve to show a false increased effectiveness of the flu vaccine.
What was not reported by the media was that the flu vaccine was totally worthless in the elderly. This is the population that the flu vaccine was originally developed for. Also not reported was that the flu vaccine still contains mercury—the third most toxic element known to mankind.
To mandate the flu vaccine for health care workers is idiotic. It is best to avoid getting any ineffective vaccine or any vaccine that contains toxic elements.
INGREDIENTS IN THIS YEAR’S FLU VACCINE ARE:
Flulaval: Thimerosal, α-tocopheryl hydrogen succinate, polysorbate 80, formaldehyde, sodium deoxycholate, ovalbumin. Fluzone: Standard, High-Dose, & Intradermal: Formaldehyde, octylphenol ethoxylate (Triton X-100), sodium phosphate, gelatin (standard formulation only), thimerosal (multi-dose vial only) , egg protein. Afluria: Beta-propiolactone, thimerosol (multi-dose vials only), monobasic sodium phosphate, dibasic sodium phosphate, monobasic potassium phosphate, potassium chloride, calcium chloride, sodium taurodeoxycholate, neomycin sulfate, polymyxin B, egg protein. Fluarix: Sodium deoxycholate, formaldehyde, octoxynol-10 (Triton X-100), α-tocopheryl hydrogen succinate, polysorbate 80 (Tween 80), hydrocortisone, gentamicin sulfate, ovalbumin;
Fluvirin: Nonylphenol ethoxylate, thimerosal (multidose vial-trace only in prefilled syringe), polymyxin, neomycin, beta-propiolactone, egg protein FluMist and FluMist Quadrivalent: Ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA), monosodium glutamate, hydrolyzed porcine gelatin, arginine, sucrose, dibasic potassium phosphate, monobasic potassium phosphate, gentamicin sulfate, egg protein.
I think after reading these hazardous and toxic ingredients which include Mercury, Formaldahyde and artificial preservatives, you would agree this is not a safe vaccine and you would be much better off keeping your immune system strong using natural supplements like Olive Leaf Extract, Oil of Oregano, Zinc, Echinacea, a strong Probiotic and lots of good hand washing.