Peter Doshi, PhD on the Lack of Solid Research Behind the Influenza Vaccine

Peter Doshi, PhD on the Lack of Solid Research Behind the Influenza Vaccine

The [influenza] vaccine may be less beneficial and less safe than has been claimed, and the threat of influenza seems to be overstated. Mandatory vaccination polices have been enacted, often in healthcare facilities, forcing some people to take the vaccine under threat of losing their jobs. The main assertion of the CDC that fuels the push for flu vaccinations each year is that influenza comes with a risk of serious complications which can cause death, especially in senior citizens and those suffering from chronic illnesses.

When read carefully, the CDC acknowledges that studies finding any perceived reduction in death rates may be due to the “healthy-user effect”—the tendency for healthier people to be vaccinated more than less-healthy people. The only randomized trial of influenza vaccine in older people found no decrease in deaths. This means that influenza vaccines are approved for use in older people despite any clinical trials demonstrating a reduction in serious outcomes.

Even when the vaccine is closely matched to the type of influenza that’s prevalent, which doesn’t happen every year, randomized, controlled trials of healthy adults found that vaccinating between 33 and 100 people resulted in one less case of influenza. In addition, no evidence exists to show that this reduction in the risk of influenza for a specific population—here in the United States, among healthy adults, for example—extrapolates into any reduced risk of serious complications from influenza, such as hospitalizations or deaths, among seniors.

For most people, and possibly most doctors, officials need only claim that vaccines save lives, and it is assumed there must be solid research behind it.

— Peter Doshi, PhD, associate editor at The BMJ

 

Reference:

Doshi P. Influenza: marketing vaccine by marketing disease. The BMJ May 16, 2013.

 

6 Responses to "Peter Doshi, PhD on the Lack of Solid Research Behind the Influenza Vaccine"

  1. David   November 1, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Amen…

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  2. Colorado   November 1, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    An interesting note related to this. There seems to be a growing number of medical care professionals and patients alike whom are simply not subscribing to the yearly flue shot. Liberty minded people rightfully grow weary of propaganda. How long did they think they could over promise, under deliver, and still maintain a loyal consumer base? Unlike all these other vaccinations for boogie man and ultra rare ailments, it’s pretty obvious when year after year, the persons who did not get the flue shot are healthy and those who took it are routinely and predictably sick as dogs. It’s not rocket science.

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  3. Sandra Lee Smith   November 1, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    I hear this year’s batch is somewhere around 19% effective against the strains of flu invading now; that’s a 1 in 5 chance it’ll actually work for you, if you get it, but you still have a 100% chance of complications or health issues related to the vaccine itself. My family history is 1 of serious reactions to vaccines, of which part is my own personal history; and I simply don’t take them; rather I use natural immune boosters. The fact is that the flu vaccines have a consistently low percentage of efficacy; it’s not worth the potential risks to me.

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  4. Dorothy   November 2, 2018 at 1:11 am

    People will tell me they do not get the flu because they get the vaccine. I tell them I do not get the vaccine and I have never had the flu. What I say is fact. That they don’t get the flu because they get the vaccine is only theory and cannot even be tested. Even if they skipped the shot and got the flu, it still couldn’t be proven that it was because they didn’t get vaccinated.

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  5. James Richard Bailey   November 2, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Quite accurate, and even more troublesome, considering the fact that the CDC is now a mere tool of corporate pharmaceutical manufacturers through the process of regulatory capture.

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  6. Cindy Babineau   November 16, 2018 at 7:58 am

    Not to mention what else is in a flu shot, Mercury (toxic), flamaldahyde (toxic). Ask the professional giving the flu shot for a list of ingredients, don’t take that it is not the live virus as a final answer. You have the right to know everything that is in that vaccine. I will NEVER get a flu shot. It is all about the money and misinformation to the public

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