Dangerous new push for high-dose flu vaccine
It's the most wonderful time of the year... and not just for you.
The drug industry loves the holiday season, too -- but it's not because they care about peace on earth and good will towards men.
Nope... they love it because this is when their annual flu campaigns kick into overdrive, an all-out mass marketing effort that doesn't cost them a cent as the government, media, schools, employers and more bully people into getting vaccinated.
And now, they have a new high-dose flu vaccine to sell -- one aimed directly at seniors, many of whom skip the vaccine because they know it's even less effective on them than it is on younger people.
The new shot is a high-dose serum that's supposed to be 24.2 percent more effective than the standard flu shot, according to the latest research -- and that's the part you're likely to hear from your own doctor.
So let me tell you about the part you won't hear from him, because the study really proves that neither the regular shot nor the new high-dose shot are very effective at all.
Overall, just 1.83 percent of seniors given the normal flu shot got the flu, versus 1.43 percent of those given the new high-dose flu vaccine, according to the study -- which makes it sound like both shots work and work well.
After all, more than 98 percent of the patients didn't get sick.
But the study didn't include a placebo group or even an unvaccinated group. Hmmm... could it because other studies have shown that close to 98 percent of the unvaccinated ALSO don't get flu in any given year?
One recent study, for example, found that only 2.7 percent of the unvaccinated get the flu -- which means the absolute protection offered by the new high-dose flu vaccine is just 1.27 percent.
I'll let you decide -- but bear in mind that while any flu shot comes with risks, the high antigen level in the new shot aimed at seniors likely boosts those risks even further.
And that includes a risk of the flu itself.
Of course, your own doctor will deny that all day long. He'll say the flu shot is made with a killed virus, so it's impossible to become infected.
But that's not the whole story, because there are at least two other ways the shot can make you sick.
First, common side effects of the vaccine can practically mimic the flu, including fever, pain and fatigue. And second, as I told you recently, the flu shot can actually make you more likely to get other strains of flu -- including more dangerous and even potentially deadly strains.
These are risks you just don't have to face -- because there are better, safer and more effective ways to beat the flu this season and every season.
I'm living proof of that. I'm exposed to sick patients at my clinic all the time, and I never get the flu. In fact, I rarely get so much as a sniffle -- and that's because I've fine-tuned my immune system, giving it the strength to take on the germs that want to make me sick.
And if I can do it, you can too.
I had all the secrets to beating the flu without the shot -- including what to do if you do get sick -- in the December 2012 issue of my newsletter, Health Revelations.
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