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Study: Flu Vaccine Does Not Reduce Risk of Hospitalization
by Lourdes Salvador
If you´re like many people, you know folks who never get the flu shot and never catch so much as a cold and stay healthy and strong. And you probably know people who get the flu shot who end up sick all winter and maybe even become hospitalized several times.
This seems to be backwards from what we are told about the flu and vaccination, yet it´s a stunningly common observation.
The question as to whether the flu shot works is hard to determine with the vast array of misinformation and propaganda often published in the media. Sometimes there are scare tactics (measles outbreaks, etc.), and other times there are social tactics (protect those around you, don´t spread the flu).
These tactics are often meant to psychologically coerce people to take action and get a flu shot through fear or concern for those around them.
Children and the elderly are often targeted for these campaigns. But is there really a benefit to being vaccinated? That is the question that reigns on everyone´s mind.
It appears the answer may be no; there is no heath benefit to getting the flu shot. In fact, it may increase the odds of becoming ill enough to require hospitalization.
According to new research, vaccination does not reduce the risk of in-hospital death or influenza and pneumonia admissions in elderly patients.
Prior research has shown the flu vaccination triples chances of hospitalization, rather than reducing it.
In asthmatic patients, another group targeted for the vaccine, vaccination increased the chance of hospitalization by six times.
The vaccine has been also linked to an increased risk of cancer, paralysis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, neurological complications, auto immune disease, chronic fatigue, chemical sensitivity, heavy metal toxicity, musculodegenerative disease, and other problems. The package inserts confirm the risk of these complications, though we are routinely not informed of the dangers before receiving a flu shot.
The math speaks loud and clear!
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