Professional Comments: Last Year’s Failed Flu Vaccine

The Painful Truth About Last Year’s Failed Flu Vaccine

“…most ‘flu’ appears to have nothing to do with influenza. Every year, hundreds of thousands of respiratory specimens are tested across the US. Of those tested, on average 16% are found to be influenza positive.” – From the British Medical Journal editor, Peter Doshi, MD

“71 people would need to be treated with the flu vaccine to prevent one case. In other words, the flu vaccine did nothing for 70 out of 71 who received it. That means this study found the flu vaccine failed 99% (70/71).” — Dr David Brownstein

“Under ideal conditions (when the vaccine actually matches the main viruses circulating that season) you need to vaccinate 33 healthy adults to avoid one set of influenza symptoms. 33 is what is called the NNV (Number Needed to Vaccinate).” – Dr Tom Jefferson of the Cochrane Collaboration (Cochrane Database Syst. Rev. 2018. Feb. 1,2:CD001269)

“…influenza virus often mutates to adapt to being grown in chicken eggs, which can influence antigenicity and hence vaccine effectiveness.” — Ian A. Wilson, MD, et al from: “A Structural Explanation for the Low Effectiveness of the Seasonal Influenza H3N2 Vaccine. (http://journals.plos.org/plospathogens/article?id=10.1371/journal.ppat.1006682)

“Between 33 and 100 people are needed to vaccinate to prevent one case of flu symptoms.” – Alan Cassals, author of Selling Sickness: Medical Screening and the Misguided Hunt for Disease

“Normally, the flu vaccine is between 50 to 60 percent effective.” — Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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