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Sharyl Attkisson Reports: Flu Shots Not Effective in Elderly

Sharyl logoNOTE: How many Americans have run to get a flu shot since a 2006 study: Govt. Researchers: Flu Shots Not Effective in Elderly, After All. Lack of efficacy. Fancy talk for, "it doesn't work." How much money has been spent on ads? How many vaccine reactions and injuries have been tallied? Ignored?  How many millions of micrograms of mercury have gone into the brains of American men, women and children? And how many Muppets have rolled up the sleeves on their furry arms.....

Thank you to Sharyl Attkisson for her reporting: Govt. Researchers: Flu Shots Not Effective in Elderly, After All

An important and definitive “mainstream” government study done nearly a decade ago got little attention because the science came down on the wrong side. It found that after decades and billions of dollars spent promoting flu shots for the elderly, the mass vaccination program did not result in saving lives. In fact, the death rate among the elderly increased substantially.

The authors of the study admitted a bias going into the study. Here was the history as described to me: Public health experts long assumed flu shots were effective in the elderly. But, paradoxically, all the studies done failed to demonstrate a benefit. Instead of considering that they, the experts, could be wrong–instead of believing the scientific data–the public health experts assumed the studies were wrong. After all, flu shots have to work, right?

So the NIH launched an effort to do “the” definitive study that would actually prove, for the first time, once and for all, that flu shots were beneficial to the elderly. The government would gather some of the brightest scientific minds for the research, and adjust for all kinds of factors that could be masking that presumed benefit.

But when they finished, no matter how they crunched the numbers, the data kept telling the same story: flu shots were of no benefit to the elderly. Quite the opposite. The death rate had increased markedly since widespread flu vaccination among older Americans. The scientists finally had to acknowledge that decades of public health thought had been mistaken.

Read the government study that found no flu shot benefit in elderly

Comments

Reader

So let mr get this straight. Alzheimer's is growing at a pace they know isn't related to any genetic cause (I believe it has jumped significantly in past 2 decades by a recent British study) and flu vaccine uptake went from 15-20% before 1980 to 65% by 2001. I know correlation isn't causation but come on!

Barry

i think a more accurate title of is :

Sharyl Attkisson Reports: Flu Shots Not Effective

Benedetta

My Dad after he decided to get an annually flu shot did not take long to soon not be able to lift those feet and began to shuffle.

Ricky Barnes

We talk a lot about this in my new film, 50 Cents A Dose. It's now on vimeo (https://vimeo.com/ondemand/50centsadose/140352459). Thanks for taking a look. rb

ASDfatherPA

Steve, can you cite the source of your information? I was trying to find that study, and it seems that their conclusions was to increase the age range from 6 months to 23 months, to 6 mos to 5 years. Are we looking at the right study?

Reader

Looks like Gorski declined a debate with Dr. Weil. This is becoming more common that they are afraid to debate. Now we can sure see why.

Science and health researchers should be ashamed

And yet they endlessly mandate it. We the people have a right to know the truth! Where is the scientific integrity? I just saw a news report on flu vaccine preventing Alzheimer's. Sure.

Betty Bona

It's interesting how they keep the failure of the flu shot in the elderly hidden. In the mean time, they keep coming up with ways to improve the effectiveness of the flu shot in the elderly. Fluzone, High Dose (with up to four times the antigen) was recommended for the elderly back in 2011 (?) after being fast-tracked by the FDA. The elderly who got that shot back in 2011 and since then were actually guinea pigs. There was supposed to be ongoing study on the effectiveness of this High Dose version by 2014/2015, but I never actually heard the research was done. I only heard the flu shot was not effective at all in the elderly last year. Now the FDA has fast-tracked a squalene and polysorbate 80 version of the flu shot for the elderly hoping to increase effectiveness. They call it "the first adjuvanted flu vaccine", although I thought most considered aluminum to be an adjuvant. Anyway, this adjuvant, called MF59, is similar to the adjuvants used in the military for Gulf War soldiers that many believe is responsible for Gulf War Syndrome. It's also the adjuvant that is believed to be the difference between the European experience of narcolepsy after the H1N1 shot back in 2009 and the comparatively lower rates of narcolepsy in the US after the shot without the MF59. If this shot is actually being given this year, I expect we'll see more adverse reactions for all these poor guinea pigs. It's particularly tough for health care workers who are 65 or older. It's hard to refuse a vaccine and lose a job at that age because many won't hire someone that age. I can't believe this vaccine was fast-tracked!

Benedetta

The article said that not only did flu shots not seem to help - but really caused an increase in death.
Significant increase!

Was there not another study that said that after flu shots there was an increase in the incident of heart attacks?

Tom

Wouldn't this be true simply due to the decreased/absent functioning of the thymus? As we age our thymus involutes. By the time we are elderly it's mostly non-existent, at least from an immunological standpoint. With its ability to mature T cells no longer existent, it would stand to reason that a diminished/non-existent immune response to a vaccine could also result, right?

Steve

A researcher who worked on the project told me a similar study was conducted at Vanderbilt University in 2006 using children under the age of 10. It got similar results so the study was "canceled" and the data went into the trash can. Exact same story they were trying to create a promotional study and it backfired to the point that they couldn't possibly spin it as positive. I'm sure there are others out there.

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