The highly respected Cochrane Collaboration reviewed 50 published studies of the flu vaccination, and the results were cataclysmic for the pharmaceutical industry. And, the timing was perfect because this is the time of year that Americans are bombarded with propaganda and pressure to get flu shots. "These results should discourage healthy people from getting a flu shot." However, I notice that the price of flu shots has gone up; they're charging $17 or $18 a pop now. But, even if you don't spring for one, you are still paying for it because a lot of taxpayer money goes to sponor flu shot production and distribution.
But what does the evidence show about the effectiveness of the flu vaccine when vaccinated and unvaccinated groups are compared ?
Well, the Cochrane Collaboration discourages all healthy people from getting the flu shot. They say that the evidence refutes the claim that vaccination prevents the flu in healthy adults. They also claimed that the vaccine does not prevent complications from the flu. And they said viral transmission of flu is not prevented by the vaccine either.
"The results of this review seem to discourage the utilisation of vaccination against influenza in healthy adults as a routine public health measure.
As healthy adults have a low risk of complications due to respiratory disease, the use of the vaccine may be only advised as an individual protection measure against symptoms in specific cases."
The bottom line was that theere is "little or no benefit for influenza vaccinations."
"This review includes 15 out of 36 trials funded by industry (four had no funding declaration). An earlier systematic review of 274 influenza vaccine studies published up to 2007 found industry funded studies were published in more prestigious journals and cited more than other studies independently from methodological quality and size. Studies funded from public sources were significantly less likely to report conclusions favorable to the vaccines. The review showed that reliable evidence on influenza vaccines is thin but there is evidence of widespread manipulation of conclusions and spurious notoriety of the studies. The content and conclusions of this review should be interpreted in light of this finding."
I follow the advice of Dr. Donald Miller, a leading cardiovascular surgeon. What he does is skip the flu vaccine, but he takes high dose Vitamin D3, typically 5000 IUs. And it's been a long time since I've had the flu- many, many years.