High-Dose vaccine, designed specifically for seniors, contains
four times the amount of antigen compared to the regular
flu vaccine. Yet there is no scientific evidence to support the
theory that a higher dose of antigen will result in decreased
risk of flu and related health complications.
studies, comparing the high-dose flu vaccine to the regular vaccine,
are not scheduled to be completed until 2015. But "gold standard"
scientific reviews have repeatedly concluded that flu vaccine
does not work in seniors (and can be ineffective for other age
groups as well).
to the regular vaccine, Fluzone High-Dose has been found to cause
more side-effects, including slightly higher rates of Serious
viruses cause influenza and influenza-like illness with identical
symptoms. At best, vaccines might be effective against influenza
A and B, which represent about 10 percent of all circulating viruses.
If the vaccine is partially matched to the circulating flu strains,
100 people must be vaccinated to prevent ONE case of influenza-like
to a review of the scientific evidence, influenza vaccine use
does not affect the number of people hospitalized or working days
lost. But flu vaccine has been associated with Guillain Barre
syndrome (GBS) and it has been estimated that, at a minimum, one
case of Guillian-Barré syndrome occurs per one million vaccinations.
High-Dose" is a new influenza vaccine manufactured by Sanofi
Pasteur. The new vaccine was created specifically for seniors,
65 and older.
for Disease Control and Prevention are quick to reassure seniors
that Fluzone is just as safe as regular seasonal flu vaccines.
If you read the details on the CDC website, however, you will quickly
realize that Fluzone may not be as safe as claimed. .
to cause a lot more side effects, including fevers.
profile of Fluzone High-Dose vaccine is similar to that of regular
flu vaccines, although adverse events (which are also reported after
regular flu vaccines) were reported more frequently after vaccination
with Fluzone High-Dose.
common adverse events experienced during clinical studies were mild
and temporary and included pain, redness and swelling at the injection
site and headache, muscle aches, fever and malaise."
Why do Seniors
Get a Higher Dose Vaccine?
One of the
primary differences between the 'regular' Fluzone vaccine and Fluzone
High-Dose for seniors is that the latter contains four times
as much microbial antigen the lab altered flu viruses that
prompt your body to produce antibodies to the three different influenza
strains contained in the flu vaccine.
The idea is
that seniors need more antigen in order to provoke the desired immune
response, because studies have found that the flu vaccine creates
only a weak immune response in the elderly. In essence, they've
realized that the flu vaccine does not work in the elderly, and
the belief is that upping the dose will do the trick.
the package insert, it will clearly tell you that there is absolutely
no evidence backing up this theory… It states:
clinical trials comparing Fluzone to Fluzone High-Dose among persons
aged 65 years or older indicate that a stronger immune response
(i.e. higher antibody levels) occurs after vaccination with Fluzone
or not the improved immune response leads to greater protection
against influenza disease after vaccination is not yet known. An
ongoing study designed to determine the effectiveness of Fluzone
High-Dose in preventing illness from influenza compared to Fluzone
is expected to be completed in 2014-2015."
What this means
is that for the next four years or so, seniors receiving this much
more potent dose of the flu vaccine are participating in what amounts
to an uncontrolled experiment. There is already admission that nobody
knows whether it will actually prevent seniors from getting the
flu or not!
Flu Vaccine has Higher Rates of Serious Adverse Events
the manufacturer's safety studies, compared to the regular Fluzone
vaccine the high-dose version not only resulted in more frequent
reports of common adverse reactions, it also caused slightly higher
rates of Serious Adverse Events (SAE's).
A total of
6.1 percent of seniors injected with the regular Fluzone vaccine
experienced a serious adverse event, compared to 7.4 percent of
those receiving the high-dose version. According
to the package insert, the SAE's reported during the post-approval
use of the vaccine include:
(abnormally low platelet count, which can result in abnormal
(inflammatory destruction of blood vessels)
breathing, shortness of breath
neuritis (excruciating unilateral shoulder pain, followed
by paralysis of shoulder)
and rhinitis (inflammation of the throat or pharynx, and the
of Evidence Supporting Flu Vaccines
While the annual
flu vaccine is touted as the "best" way to avoid catching the seasonal
flu, what many fail to realize is that there's virtually NO good
scientific evidence to support it. Again and again, the Cochrane
Database Review which is the gold standard for assessing
the scientific evidence for the effectiveness of commonly used medical
interventions has concluded that flu vaccines do not appear
to have any measurable benefit either for children, adults, or seniors.
Take a look
at these five Cochrane Database Reviews, published between 2006
and 2010, which call into serious question the claim that flu shots
are the best way to stay healthy during the flu season.
“The available evidence is of poor quality and provides no
guidance regarding the safety, efficacy or effectiveness of influenza
vaccines for people aged 65 years or older.”
reviewers also evaluated whether or not flu shots given to health
care workers can help protect the elderly patients in nursing
homes with whom they work. The research did not find an effect
from the vaccinations on laboratory-confirmed influenza.
Influenza vaccinations were also not linked to a reduction in
either pneumonia or deaths from pneumonia. In conclusion,
the authors state that:
“[T]here is no evidence that vaccinating health care workers
prevents influenza in elderly residents in long-term care facilities.
children. A large-scale, systematic review of 51 studies, published
in the Cochrane
Database of Systematic Reviews in 2006, found no evidence
that the flu vaccine is any more effective than a placebo in preventing
influenza in children under two. The studies involved 260,000
children, age 6 to 23 months.
later, in 2008,
another Cochrane review again concluded that “little evidence
is available” that the flu vaccine is effective in preventing
influenza in children under the age of two.
“Influenza vaccines have a modest effect in reducing influenza
symptoms and working days lost. There is no evidence that they
affect complications, such as pneumonia, or transmission.
WARNING: This review includes 15 out of 36 trials funded by
industry (four had no funding declaration). An earlier systematic
review of 274 influenza vaccine studies published up to 2007 found
industry funded studies were published in more prestigious journals
and cited more than other studies independently from methodological
quality and size. Studies funded from public sources were significantly
less likely to report conclusions favorable to the vaccines.
The review demonstrated that reliable scientific evidence
confirming that influenza vaccines are effective is thin and there
is plenty of reason to suspect that there may be a manipulation
of conclusions when the studies are funded by drug companies.
The content and conclusions of this review should be
interpreted in light of this finding.” [Emphasis mine.]
Did You Know?
100 People Must be Inoculated in Order to Prevent ONE Case of the
viruses cause influenza and influenza-like illness, which produce
the same symptoms (fever, headache, aches and pains, cough and runny
noses). Without laboratory tests, doctors cannot tell the two illnesses
apart. Both last for days and rarely lead to death or serious illness.
At best, vaccines might be effective against only influenza
A and B, which represent about 10 percent of all circulating viruses.
Each year, the World Health Organization recommends which viral
strains should be included in vaccinations for the forthcoming season.
of this review assessed all trials that compared vaccinated people
with unvaccinated people. The combined results of these trials showed
that under ideal conditions (vaccine completely matching circulating
viral configuration) 33 healthy adults need to be vaccinated to
avoid one set of influenza symptoms.
average conditions (partially matching vaccine) 100 people need
to be vaccinated to avoid one set of influenza symptoms.
use did not affect the number of people hospitalised or working
days lost but caused one case of Guillian-Barré syndrome (a major
neurological condition leading to paralysis) for every one million
Is it really
worth risking the health and well-being of 100 people in order to
prevent ONE case of the flu, which may or may not result in serious
illness or death in that one individual to begin with?
The Two Most
Potent Flu Prevention Strategies I Know of
Since the flu
vaccine myth is nearing its ultimate demise, what is the
best way to avoid contracting the flu each and every year?
lies in maintaining a robust immune system, and the first thing
you want to do when you feel yourself coming down with a cold or
flu is to avoid ALL sugars (fructose in particular), artificial
sweeteners, and processed foods. This also includes fructose from
fruit juice, and all types of grains (as they break down as sugar
in your body).
I also strongly
recommend taking one specific action that can help reduce your chances
of ever developing symptoms in the first place, and that is to make
sure your vitamin
D levels are optimized year-round. There's a new hypothesis
stating that the widespread prevalence of colds and flu's may actually
be due to vitamin D deficiency, which is incredibly common
in the United States, especially during the winter months when cold
and flu viruses are at their peak.
Evidence Supports Vitamin D as a Viable Flu Prevention Strategy
Just like eating
too much sugar, getting too little vitamin D can seriously impair
your immune system and make you far more susceptible to contracting
colds, influenza, and other respiratory infections. And, while studies
keep confirming the ineffectiveness of flu vaccines, several studies
now support that vitamin D can help keep you healthy during flu
published last year, schoolchildren were given either vitamin
D or a placebo for a year. Influenza A occurred in just 10.8 percent
of the children in the vitamin D group, compared with 18.6 percent
children in the placebo group.
additional studies also show an inverse association between
lower respiratory tract infections and vitamin D levels.
This is not
surprising once you realize that vitamin D produces 200 to 300 different
antimicrobial peptides in your body that kill bacteria, viruses
and fungi. Essentially, it works as a very broad antibacterial
and antiviral agent. For comparison, a flu vaccine is designed to
protect against just two very specific viral strains...
While the temptation
to reach for a vitamin D3 supplement can be great, I urge you to
make a concerted effort to optimize your levels by getting adequate
sun exposure or by using
a safe tanning bed, even in the winter months, if you can.
you expose your skin to sunshine, your skin synthesizes vitamin
D3 sulfate. This form is water soluble, and can therefore travel
freely in your blood stream. Oral vitamin D3 supplements are NOT
sulfated, and therefore require LDL (the so-called "bad" cholesterol)
as a vehicle of transport. According
to Dr. Stephanie Seneff, there's reason to believe that the
oral non-sulfated form of vitamin D may therefore not provide the
same benefits as the vitamin D created in your skin from sun exposure,
because it cannot be converted to vitamin D sulfate.
you do not have access to a safe tanning bed or sunshine then it
is best to take oral vitamin D3. New research shows that the
dose MOST adults need to reach therapeutic levels is 8,000 units
per day. If you are taking 5,000 IU's, you may want to consider
increasing it as most adults need more. Of course it is important
to confirm your blood levels though, as some people require
considerably more in order to reach therapeutic levels.
soup Chicken contains a natural amino acid called
cysteine, which can thin the mucus in your lungs and make it less
sticky so you can expel it more easily. For best results, make
up a fresh batch yourself (or ask a friend or family member to
do so) and make the soup hot and spicy with plenty of pepper.
The spices will trigger a sudden release of watery fluids in your
mouth, throat, and lungs, which will help thin down the respiratory
mucus so it's easier to cough up and expel.
While most people think only of eating the fleshy fruiting
body of the mushroom (the part that grows above ground), most
of the benefits are actually located in their complex root structure,
called the mycelium. Beta glucans and proteoglycans are the primary
biologically active compounds in the mushroom fruit body and mycelia
that support your immune system. The beta glucans are special
proteins with unique side-branching patterns that “fit” perfectly
with cellular receptor sites that support your immune system,
just like a key in a lock.
Mushrooms also contain trace minerals, polysaccharides, amino
acids and fiber that support your health by protecting against
environmental stressors; supporting your detoxification process;
and promoting healthy gut flora and optimal digestion, just to
name a few of the known health benefits.
C: A very potent antioxidant; use a natural form such
as acerola, which contains associated micronutrients. You can
take several grams every hour till you are better unless you start
developing loose stools
Oil: The higher the carvacrol concentration, the more
effective it is. Carvacrol is the most active antimicrobial agent
in oregano oil.
A bee resin and one of the most broad-spectrum antimicrobial compounds
in the world; propolis is also the richest source of caffeic acid
and apigenin, two very important compounds that aid in immune
tea made from a combination of elderflower, yarrow, boneset, linden,
peppermint and ginger; drink it hot and often for combating
a cold or flu. It causes you to sweat, which is helpful for eradicating
a virus from your system.
leaf extract: Ancient Egyptians and Mediterranean cultures
used it for a variety of health-promoting uses and it is widely
known as a natural, non-toxic immune system builder.