Let me explain flu shot basics. Continuously all over the world there are groups of epidemiologists that collect mucus and sputum to analyze which strains of flu viruses are most active during the “flu season.” Our Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is perhaps the most famous of these gathering organizations. From all of this data they make an educate guess as to the two most likely strains that will run through America during winter. This information is given to the manufacturers and they produce the flu vaccine with the careful oversight of the FDA.
There are 2 flu vaccines. The most common is the dreaded flu shot of dead viral particles, made by several companies. Then there is the lesser used nasal spray of live viral particles called FluMist. The attached ingredients sheet shows what is in each of these different products.
Last year Professor Osterholm, Ph.D. looked back through all the literature on flu vaccines since 1967 and came to some interesting conclusions:
1) Out of 5707 articles only 31 met their stringent qualification criteria.
2) Those 31 articles covered only 12 flu seasons.
3) Of those 12 flu seasons the flu shot proved to work in only 8 on them.
4) The overall efficacy in these 12 seasons was 59%. That means that the shot didn’t work in 41% of the population.
5) The flu shot was NOT proven to be effective in children 2-7 years or adults 65 and older.
6) Regarding the FluMist, it was 83% effective in children 6 months to 7 years.
7) Vaccines can provide moderate protection…, but such protection is greatly reduced or absent in some seasons.
Whether you get the flu shot or not, this in an interesting study that will hopefully encourage you to do your own research before you roll up your sleeve next year.