Expert Questions US Public Health Agency Advice On Influenza Vaccines.

Yesterday I read a very interesting article on the flu vaccine (and much more):

Now, as I’ve posted here before, Stefano and I had the vaccine for a number of years before deciding to stop, three winters ago. I wrote about our experience here: (Scroll down to Experience no. 2.)

The above-mentioned SD article is about the promotion of influenza vaccines, “one of the most visible and aggressive public health policies today,” according to an expert, Peter Doshi, a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Interesting excerpt: Doshi argues that the vaccine might be less beneficial and less safe than has been claimed, and the threat of influenza appears overstated. Uhm!

And here’s the clincher: But perhaps the cleverest aspect of the influenza marketing strategy surrounds the claim that “flu” and “influenza” are the same, he concludes. “All influenza is “flu,” but only one in six “flus” might be influenza. It’s no wonder so many people feel that “flu shots” don’t work: for most flus, they can’t.”

Do you have any comments, stories to tell, whatever…? I’d be curious to read ’em! 


  1. This is common knowledge. Flu vaccines are based on a guesstimate of the most prevalent strains and other epidemiological factors. And they are therefore not always useful. No conspiracy here.

  2. Same as I answeered when you told me you had been having flu shots.
    I said then and I say NOW…waste of time, something I would NEVER do, unless I was so far gone, and there was no hope, then I would risk a shot.It may do somethingbut I would not be using to to avoid getting the flu.
    The ONLY study that I read 18 yrs ago Dr Linus Pauling and his Vit C research, has worked form me that entire time.
    As I said before, google Dr Linus Pauling and read his research papers of why this works.

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