A scientist has recently released a report on influenza vaccines, published in the British Medical Journal. According to the report, Peter Doshi, Ph.D., says that although the vaccines are being pushed on the public, they are not as effective as believed to be, and they cause more side effects than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have made public.
Doshi, a scientist at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, says that promoting influenza vaccines is one of the most visible and aggressive public health policies in the United States. Drug companies, as well as public officials, encourage the public to get vaccinations each fall, making them available in drugstores and supermarkets around the country. Twenty years ago, 32 million doses of influenza vaccines were available in the United States on an annual basis. Today, the total number of influenza vaccine doses available in the U.S. has skyrocketed to 135 million.
In his report, Doshi states, “The vaccine may be less beneficial and less safe than has been claimed, and the threat of influenza seems to be overstated.” Some healthcare facilities and other companies have created mandatory vaccination policies, forcing their employees to be vaccinated or lose their jobs. Here are three things you need to know about the influenza vaccine:
1. Flu Vaccines Are Less Effective Than You Think
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that contracting influenza comes with a risk of serious complications that can cause death, especially in those with weakened immune systems, Doshi argues this isn’t the case. When read carefully, the CDC acknowledges that studies finding a perceived reduction in death rates may be due to something known as the “healthy-user effect” — the tendency for healthier people to be vaccinated more than those who are less healthy. The only randomized trial of influenza vaccine found no decrease in deaths in older people.
Randomized, controlled trials of healthy adults have found that vaccinating between 33 and 100 people resulted in only one less case of influenza. Doshi says, “For most people, and possibly most doctors, officials need only to claim that vaccines save lives, and it is assumed there must be solid research behind it.”
2. Flu Vaccines May Be Harmful to Children
In his report, Doshi points to an Australian study that found 1 in every 110 children under the age of five had convulsions following vaccinations in 2009 for H1N1 influenza. Doshi’s concerns echo those of Dr. Russell Blaylock, a neurosurgeon and author of “The Blaylock Wellness Report.” Dr. Blaylock shared his concerns about children who are given the flu vaccine. “The government also says that every baby over the age of six months should have a vaccine, and they know it contains a dose of mercury that is toxic to the brain. They also know the studies have shown that the flu vaccine has zero effectiveness in children under five.”
3. Flu Vaccines May Increase Your Chances of Getting the Flu
Dr. Blaylock explained that for most people, flu vaccines actually increase the odds of getting it, thanks to the mercury in the vaccine that suppresses immunity for several weeks. “This makes people highly susceptible to catching the flu,” he says. “They may even think the vaccine gave them the flu, but that’s not true – it depressed their immune system and then they caught the flu.” Dr. Blaylock believes the reason why drug companies push the vaccine is simple: money.