Not Sure the Flu Vaccine Works?

February 5, 2013

Some vaccine manufacturers seem to agree!

The CDC lists seven vaccines for 2012–2013 flu season. Of those, three of the vaccines acknowledge in their package insert that “There have been no controlled clinical studies demonstrating a decrease in influenza disease after vaccination.”

Two other flu vaccines, Intranasal Flu Mist and Fluarix Quadrivalent, are four-in-one vaccines which appear to be backed by some clinical trials. But as we reported last month, the peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet found that only 2.7% of non-vaccinated adults caught the flu, which means that 97.3% of them did not. Among vaccinated adults, 1.2% caught the flu. This means our big national vaccine drive will keep a whopping 1.5 people out of 100 from catching the flu.

It would be helpful to have more data about the number of people vaccinated who go on to catch the flu. But the governments does not appear interested in gathering that data.

So we’ve created this graphic. We hope you’ll share it on Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest and your favorite social networking sites. Perhaps it will change a few minds out there!

Editor’s Note 2/6/2013: An earlier version of this article contained a typo stating that the Lancet study reported that among vaccinated adults 1.2% did not catch the flu, when in fact the study reported that 1.2% did catch the flu.

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16 responses to “Not Sure the Flu Vaccine Works?”

  1. David O'Daniel says:

    Convincing idividuals may not be so difficult. The challenge is with health care organizations/employers and governments mandating the vaccine for health care employees. It seems that far too many interventions aimed at “public health” are not thoroughly investigated before being forced on us. That would include genetically engineered food to feed the masses. It would be interesting to see how these things would stand up to open and honest scientific scrutiny. Of course, that might interfere with corporate profits.

    • mary says:

      Please fix this before it is shared on facebook.
      I think what people don’t realize.or aren’t told . because the practitioners, nurses and doctors perhaps forget their training in immunology is:
      whether you get the flu vaccine or actually get the flu your body will initiate an immune response. fever, aches,fatigue. This means your immune system is working.
      I choose not to get the vaccine simply because I believe our system is designed to be exposed to the flu through nose and throat mucous membranes. There
      has to be implications for injecting not one but 3 dead viruses into muscle tissue.

  2. Ann Churchill says:

    I have had the flu only once as an adult, when i was 30, and I got it from my children. Since then I have had 3 flu shots. Each time I got sick, including fever etc. I was assured that this was impossible, but it always happened. When I received a pneumonia vaccine I also became quite ill.
    There is by virtually NO evidence that the vaccine actually will prevent you from getting the flu, and there are always several strains out there, and they are constantly mutating. If there should be a mandatory regulation re: flu, it should be that people who are sick have to stay home from work, or be sent home by their employer! Children should also be kept at home. I know how hard that is as a working parent, but sending your child into a place where she will become infected, and thereby infect you, is not acceptable.Sending a sick child to school is not acceptable. This program would be a lot more effective than these vaccines, which only serve to make money for Big Farma.

  3. There should be accountability for all vaccines. If it doesn’t work, they should have to refund what was paid. It is better to say you don’t have anything than to say you do when you don’t. In addition they are giving mercury to everyone whether it works or not.
    The same with other medications. It looks like all the doctors can guarantee is that you won’t die with what you came in with. Most medications cause other illnesses. I was just allergic (have been and didn’t know it) to a medication that made me think I had severe arthritis in my hands. I have arthritis, but nowhere near as bad as thought because I was becoming unable to use my hands. Two days after getting off the medication I can use my hands. It also caused face sores and I have been through hell with them. The medication is spirolactone which is a water pill.

  4. Gary says:

    It appears as if you’ve misstated a very important sentence. You state “Among vaccinated adults, only 1.2% did not catch the flu”. I think you meant to say “…only 1.2% CAUGHT the flu”. Surely you don’t mean to imply that 98.8% of vaccinated adults caught the flu! That would give new meaning the the words “flu shot”. The real bad news is that your graphic is also wrong.

  5. Susan Traynor says:

    The only people I know who’ve gotten the Flu this winter have been vaccinated. One out the 10 friends is a home bound disabled 40ish y/o woman. Gee wonder how she got sick.

    • Beverly Hodorowski says:

      I know two people who have suffered from paralysis from the flu shot. Research has shown that the more flu shots a person gets, the higher risk of getting Alzimer’s. I have never had a flu shot and have never gotten the flu. The average healthy person does not need the shot! “thinktwice” web site has good info on why schools should NOT mandate vaccinations. Check it out please.

      • ACurtis says:

        I got the flu shot only twice in my life–before I knew the dangers of the vaccine and that it did more harm than good. The last jab was about 2002. I have, indeed, gotten the flu/Influenza. Maybe 2-3 times since then. One of those flus, I believe, was the H1N1 swine flu. However, having a healthy immune system and using alternative measures helped lessen the impact of the flu. And now I have natural antibodies against those flu bugs I caught so I should never had to worry about catching them again.
        Is having the flu fun? No. However, I think way too many people these days are pinning their hopes of good health on manufactured synthetic medicine. I shudder to think it, but I really believe that we will one day have a “pandemic,” only in this pandemic, only those who have a strong immune system from NOT getting all the flu shots and vaccine jabs will be the ones who will live. The ones who got every vaccination and continuously take pharma drugs will be the ones who will perish because their bodies will not be able to naturally fight off the virus, bacteria, or fungus–whatever it is that will be the infectant.
        This is just my view, but I can really see something like this happening. There won’t be any need for eugenics then; God or Infinite Intelligence will take care of population control all on His own. And it will be a powerful and sad lesson learned that we should not to tinker with nature.

  6. Carol Manning says:

    Please notice the incorrect phrasing on your flu poster.
    I don’t think you meant to say that of vaccinated adults, only 1.2% did not catch the flu.

  7. Aaron says:

    I believe there is an error in this article. It says “The Lancet found that only 2.7% of non-vaccinated adults caught the flu, which means that 97.3% of them did not. Among vaccinated adults, only 1.2% did not catch the flu.” According to this sentence, of those who received the vaccine, 98.8% caught the flu. I haven’t seen The Lancet study but I am assuming that the vaccine did not cause nearly a 50x increase in flu infections. I hope this sentence gets edited with clarification.
    I think it is great to demonstrate the minuscule affect that the flu vaccine causes and to show where the manufacturers get their numbers such as “a 60% reduction in flu”.

  8. Joan Taves says:

    The statement “Among vaccinated adults, only 1.2% of them did not catch the flu” reads as if 98.8% of people who were vaccinated got the flu. Following the statement that “only 2.7% of non-vaccinated adults caught the flu” the most logical explanation is that 1.2% people who were vaccinated were protected from the flu. Statistically, that’s actually not too bad; by that calculation around 40% of people who were vaccinated would have gotten the flu without it. I’m not really a defender of vaccinations, especially the cocktail of more than a dozen shots before the age of 1, the effects of which deserve a real study not funded by the pharmaceutical companies.

  9. Robert says:

    I think there’s a typo in the purple bottom paragraph. It says, “Among vaccinated adults, only 1.2% did not catch the flu.” That would mean that 98.8% of vaccinated adults caught the flu. While, I would not be surprised by that, I think you meant to write “1.2% caught the flu”.

  10. What??? Please proofread and correct:
    “The Lancet found that only 2.7% of non-vaccinated adults caught the flu, which means that 97.3% of them did not. Among vaccinated adults, only 1.2% did not catch the flu. This means our big national vaccine drive will keep a whopping 1.5 people out of 100 from catching the flu.The Lancet found that only 2.7% of non-vaccinated adults caught the flu, which means that 97.3% of them did not. Among vaccinated adults, only 1.2% did not catch the flu. This means our big national vaccine drive will keep a whopping 1.5 people out of 100 from catching the flu.”
    NOTE: this text appears twice on the page.
    In case you didn’t catch the mistake, according to your report of the Lancet’s article:
    Non-vaccinated: 2.7% Caught the Flu & 97.3% Did NOT Catch the Flu
    Vaccinated: “1.2% did not catch the flu”
    Translated into English, that means that 98.8% of the people who had the vaccine Caught the Flu. I’m certain that you mistakenly got the vaccinated percentages reversed, and actually meant to say, “Among vaccinated adults, only 1.2% caught the flu.”

  11. Mercy says:

    I don’t believe you made an error but enough people are concerned and think maybe you did that I would hope you will reply and clarify. The truth can seem to be unbelievable. Please answer in a place where we don’t have to hunt for it.
    Thanks — Mercy

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