Regardless of all the advertising touting the effectiveness of the flu vaccine, it’s worthless, says board-certified family practitioner Dr. David Brownstein. When you cut through the hype and take a good, close look at the facts, you’ll discover that the vaccine just plain doesn’t work, he tells Newsmax Health. What’s more, he says, it can be dangerous.
Dr. Brownstein recently saw an interview with a well-known physician who was extolling the virtues of the flu vaccine. “I was shocked at what the doctor said,” he says. “She said that the high-dose flu vaccine for seniors aged 65 and older called Fluzone, which is four times as strong as the standard flu dose, was more effective in seniors and was 24 percent more effective at preventing flu than the standard flu shot.”
That’s just not true, says Dr. Brownstein, editor of the newsletter Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health. “There are no good studies showing that the flu vaccine is effective for seniors.”
The trial referenced in the interview included 32,000 adults aged 65 years or older. Subjects received either the regular flu vaccine or the high-dose version. The rate of flu cases confirmed by laboratory analysis was 1.43 percent among those receiving the high-dose vaccine, and 1.89 percent for those who took the regular vaccine.
“When I saw those numbers, my first thought was, ‘You gotta be kidding me,’” he says. “The 24 percent improvement with the high-dose vaccine was accurate — 1.43/1.89 equals a 24 percent improvement.” But the more accurate way to interpret the results is the absolute risk deduction, which means it’s .46 percent more effective.
“Going one step further,” says Dr. Brownstein, “it takes 217 elderly people to receive the high-dose flu vaccine to prevent one case of flu.
“That means that 216 out of 217 people received the vaccine for naught — it did not help prevent the flu. They paid double the price and were exposed to possible adverse effects.”
Dr. Brownstein is also outraged that healthcare workers are being forced to take the vaccine or be fired. “There hasn’t been a single good study documenting the effectiveness of the flu vaccine for healthcare workers,” he said.
Recently, an expectant mom was fired because of her refusal to get the flu vaccine out of fear for her unborn child. “There are zero studies showing that the flu vaccine is safe for pregnant women,” says Dr. Brownstein.
“I think it is ludicrous to vaccinate a pregnant mother for the flu when the vaccine is not only ineffective, it contains mercury and other toxins,” he continues. “And the pregnant mother who refused the shot? I give her credit. Why would she take an ineffective vaccine that has not been properly studied in pregnancy? Furthermore, who in their right mind would advocate injecting a mercury-toxic vaccine into any living being, much less a pregnant woman?
Dr. Brownstein isn’t alone in his belief that the vaccine doesn’t work. Johns Hopkins scientist Peter Doshi, Ph.D., says that although the vaccines are being pushed on the public in record numbers, they are less effective and cause more side effects than admitted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock also agrees the vaccine is worthless and doesn’t help seniors. “There are three reasons the government tells the elderly why they should get flu shots: secondary pneumonia, hospitalization, and death.” he says. “Yet a study by the Cochrane group studied hundreds of thousands of people and found it offered zero protection for those three things in the general community.”
The flu vaccine can also cause side effects including severe allergic reactions, Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), and has been liked with narcolepsy in children and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s in seniors.
If you suspect you are coming down with the flu, follow Dr. Brownstein’s advice: “Keep hydrated, rest, and take increased amounts of vitamins A,C, and D until feeling better.”