Buckle up, my friend. It looks like flu shot propaganda season is arriving earlier than ever. And I have to warn you. The vaccine’s manufacturers are gearing up to really outdo themselves this year.
Big Pharma’s new angle for their annual all-out push is by far the most manipulative we’ve ever seen. And the pressure to get the flu vaccine will be more intense than ever.
But don’t roll up your sleeve just yet. Because… despite some new research drug companies will be wielding like a weapon to strong-arm you into participating in their yearly cash grab… you won’t be getting the whole truth.
The flu vaccine might still be the best option for you. That’s for you and your doctor to decide. Each person… and every case… is different.
But the truth is, the shot is simply NOT the flu-fighting miracle it’s made out to be. Plus, the new study, which is about to give Big Pharma’s vaccine machine a shot in the arm, has some potential holes in it that you need to hear about.
The flu vaccine push has a new twist
American’s are worried sick right now about the latest wave of the coronavirus. After all, we thought we were nearing the pandemic finish line. So we got busy making Freedom Fall plans.
But then the Delta variant decided to rain on our parade. And it looks like the flu vaccine makers are planning on making hay while the sun isn’t shining.
Of course, the flu shot doesn’t vaccinate you against COVID-19. That’s just a fact.
The common flu is caused by influenza viruses. And COVID, as you well know, is caused by a coronavirus. Yet, a new report proposes that we get the flu shot to protect ourselves from coronavirus complications.
The retrospective analysis compared folks who got the flu vaccine to those who didn’t. And the researchers say they found these vast jumps in adverse coronavirus outcomes in those who didn’t get the annual shot.
Now, epidemiological studies like this one aren’t designed to show cause and effect in the first place. They show associations and highlight potential links. But you can generally rely on them to draw some fairly solid connections. Because, typically, a lot of smoke means you have a fire.
And in this case, it LOOKS like there’s enough smoke to choke a stadium. According to the new study, coronavirus patients who DIDN’T get the flu shot were 60 percent more likely to be hospitalized, 58 percent more likely to have a stroke, 45 percent more likely to suffer from sepsis, and 40 percent more likely to develop potentially deadly blood clots.
There’s a fly in the flu shot ointment
Those huge numbers might already have trouble passing the sniff test. But let’s say we just accept them at face value for now. Here’s where things get truly fishy.
According to the researchers, the risk of death was the SAME in either group.
In other words, the folks who didn’t get the flu shot were supposedly clogging up ICUs, struggling through killer sepsis, battling strokes, and dealing with deadly blood clots. Yet all those risk factors didn’t appear to have any impact on their longevity.
I’m having a hard time buying it. And maybe you should too. Besides, the simplest explanations tend to be the right ones anyway. And there IS a much simpler one here.
People who get flu shots every year are also likely the type to visit the doctor more often, get annual checkups, eat well, exercise, and generally be proactive about their health. And THAT, not the flu shot, is likely what’s delivering extra protection from everything else.
But the shot itself? November might still be a few months off, but it’s a total turkey for many folks.
What they DON’T tell you about the flu vaccine
What I’m about to reveal next tends to shock people whenever I share it. And now, with some coronavirus vaccines delivering protection levels of 90-something percent (at least before Delta), I’m guessing it might be even more jarring to hear.
But the truth is the flu shot offers astonishingly little protection from the flu.
In a great year, where the vaccine is a perfect match for the circulating flu virus, it might offer 60 percent protection. But that doesn’t mean it protects 60 percent of people, only that it cuts your already low flu risk by another 60 percent.
But that’s also a pretty rare occurrence. Last year we had no flu season to speak of. But the previous year, the flu shot delivered just 39 percent protection. A couple years before that, it was just 20 percent.
Plus, as bad as those numbers are, the shots tend to be FAR less effective in seniors. In fact, one review of randomized controlled trials—updated in 2018 with additional flu effectiveness data—should stop any senior in their tracks.
It found that older adults who get a flu vaccine “may experience” a 2.4 to 6 percent lower risk of catching an influenza virus during a single flu season compared to those who receive a placebo.
Put a flu shot backup plan into place
Now, none of this means the flu isn’t bad news. It certainly is, especially if you’re a senior or have chronic health issues. So you do want to avoid it.
And you and your doctor might decide it’s a good plan to go ahead and get the shot in the face of the latest coronavirus surge.
Just don’t count on the vaccine alone to give you the protection your looking for against the flu. You need a solid backup plan, instead.
First, the same steps that can help protect you against coronavirus will also help reduce your risk of catching the flu. During flu season, stay away from crowds, wear a mask when you go out, and wash your hands frequently.
And second, arm your body with immune-system supporting essentials, including vitamin D, vitamin C, fish oil, and Echinacea.
As a bonus, those same immune essentials could also help reduce your risk for picking up the common cold or shorten a bout with the bug if you do get sick.
But don’t stop there, add these 6 immune-boosting foods to your menu to help you avoid cold and flu all season long.