Now that it’s summer, everyone’s focus is on the beach or pool, outdoor grilling and ball games.
And that means it’s the perfect time for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to break the important news about the failure of its most sacred cow, the flu shot — right when cold and flu season is the furthest from anyone’s mind!
Good thinking, CDC!
But you and I both know that summer goes by fast. Before long, all that flu shot propaganda will be hitting us smack in the face once again.
And despite the CDC’s attempt to call as little attention as possible to this stunning confession, it’s important that you hear it loud and clear so you’ll know how to prepare for the upcoming “flu season.”
Despite dire warnings about how important it is for seniors to line up for a flu vaccine, last season’s shot was a dud.
And that’s especially true if you’re a senior.
According to an announcement made by the CDC just last week, the vaccine was “essentially ineffective” in “protecting” those 65 and over.
That’s starting to sound familiar, because “ineffective” was also the term used to describe the shot — where seniors are concerned — for four out of the last seven flu seasons!
Of course, every year, the CDC will inundate you with information describing why it’s still so important to get the shot, how this year’s shot is a good match against the flu strains that will be circulating the most, and how many die every year from the flu.
Now, I know the flu is probably the last thing on your mind right now — but if the CDC wants to talk flu on the first day of summer, I’m happy to add my part to clear up the nonsense it keeps circulating.
Despite the sound bite that’s always used to say how many die from the flu every year, it’s nothing more than a wild guess. The media used to report that it was 36,000 a year — until the CDC issued a correction saying the actual number was anywhere from 3,300 to 49,000.
But regardless of whatever figure is used, the CDC still has to admit that it really “does not know” how many deaths are caused by influenza or, for that matter, how many actual cases of the flu strike Americans each year.
The truth about the flu doesn’t stop there, however. Before they sell you on the idea of taking this shot in the dark, here are some other important things you need to know:
- If you’re 65 or over, you may be told to get the Fluzone High-Dose shot. But what you probably won’t hear is that it’s been linked to adverse events such as low platelet counts, enlarged lymph nodes, allergic reactions, and a crippling and highly dangerous disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome. Fluzone also contains a dose of the embalming fluid formaldehyde and a chemical, octylphenol ethoxylate, that’s also added to paint and cleaning agents.
- A study out of the Institute of Cardiology in Rome six years ago found that the flu vaccine can up your risk of a blood clot and cause heart-damaging “inflammatory cardiovascular changes.”
- Another danger for seniors is the Fluad vaccine from Novartis, which was just introduced two years ago. It contains a dangerous ingredient — something used to up your immune response called a squalene adjuvant dubbed “MF59” — that was “tested” on untold numbers of our troops during the first Gulf War and has been linked to Gulf War Syndrome, a mysterious and disabling condition that still affects many of these vets.
The bottom line is this: Whatever season of the year it happens to be, a strong immune system is your best defense against coming down with any kind of infection, including the flu. And that’s the kind of defense you can build up by getting enough rest and taking immune-boosting supplements such as zinc, vitamin C, and probiotics.
And no matter what age you are, washing your hands frequently is said to be one of the best ways to stay out of sick bay!
“Flu vaccine ineffective for people 65 and older last winter” Mike Stobbe, June 21, 2017, ABC News, abcnews.go.com