CBC News: Seasonal flu shot may increase H1N1 risk

Posted: September 24, 2009 in Your Health
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http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2009/09/23/flu-shots-h1n1-seasonal.html

“Preliminary research suggests the seasonal flu shot may put people at greater risk for getting swine flu, CBC News has learned.

“Four Canadian studies involved about 2,000 people, health officials told CBC News. Researchers found people who had received the seasonal flu vaccine in the past were more likely to get sick with the H1N1 virus.”

I like how they spin the rest of this article into a rational for taking the H1N1 shot… What comes to mind for me is why bother taking any flu shots at all? Case in point:

Effectiveness of Flu Shots Wildly Overestimated

“What health officials also don’t tell you is that their claims of vaccine effectiveness are based on a misleading measure – the ability of the vaccine to produce antibodies against the virus. It is well known in immunology that circulating antibodies are not necessarily a measure of immunity from disease.”

“Dr. Jefferson’s team also reviewed 25 studies that looked at the impact of vaccines on the number of cases of influenza and its symptoms in children up to 16. The Cochrane team concluded that there is no evidence that vaccinating children under 2 years old against influenza reduces deaths or complications from the illness.

… or the New York Times:

On September 21, 2005 a New York Times article reported that “Just as governments around the world are stockpiling millions of doses of flu vaccine and antiviral drugs in anticipation of a potential influenza pandemic, two new research papers published today have found that such treatments are far less effective than previously thought.”

IMO: Save yourself the trouble and don’t get ANY flu shots this winter and especially avoid the H1N1 shot

Swine Flu is NOT the Problem — It is the Vaccine that May Harm or Kill You

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