I suppose you have to give them a little credit. Even if it’s only for being really good at being devious.
Just when you think you’ve heard EVERY possible sales pitch for the flu shot, they’ve managed to concoct a new one.
It’s aimed at folks who are a little bit older and struggling to keep blood pressure under control.
In other words, it’s focuses on nearly every senior alive. Except they managed to do it without even mentioning age at all.
See? I told you these cats were devious!
Blood pressure, of course, has little to nothing to do with the flu. But that didn’t stop them from mashing the two together anyway in a new “study.”
And trust me, this research couldn’t look more like a not-so-subtle push to get seniors to line up for a flu shot if the title started with, “Attention Seniors.”
New flu shot study riddled with fatal flaws
The big headline is that the flu shot cut the risk of death from heart problems by 16 percent, and heart attack or stroke by 10 percent.
Sounds good, right?
They’re certainly hyping that element. And if you have high blood pressure yourself, you might start hearing a lot more about the flu shot from your doctor.
But hold on a minute – because there’s something VERY fishy here.
See, the same study finds that the flu shot will also cut the risk of death from ALL CAUSES in patients with high blood pressure by 18 percent.
All causes – that means not just heart disease, but everything from cancer and diabetes to bear attacks and ballooning accidents.
That’s some vaccine!
Healthier folks are… well, HEALTHIER
Of course, realistically NO vaccine, let alone a flu shot, can protect from death from “all causes.”
Which means what we’re seeing is likely a statistical quirk… a fluke… noise in the numbers… whatever you want to call it. And yet that “all causes” number is higher than the supposed “real” benefit against heart attack and stroke.
In other words, you should likely question ANY number in this kooky bit of research. And take ALL of its conclusions with a great big grain of salt.
The study also has another problem. This wasn’t a clinical trial of people with equal risk split into groups to either get the flu shot or a placebo.
Instead, they searched medical records, noted who got the shot and who didn’t, then checked to see who lived and died throughout flu season.
That might sound like a good approach.
In reality, you end up with two VERY DIFFERENT groups: People who get the flu shot on their own, and people who don’t.
Folks who get the shot on their own tend to be healthier in the first place. And because of that – and NOT a flu shot – they have a lower risk of death from pretty much everything.
Since they’re healthier, they even have a better chance of outrunning that bear… or at least outrunning anyone else the bear is chasing.
2 simple steps can slash your flu risk
As I shared with you just last week, the flu shot isn’t nearly as effective as what they’ll claim in doctor’s offices, pharmacies, supermarkets, libraries, and everyplace else where they try to get you to roll up your sleeve.
Which means even if you do decide to get one, you still should take other common-sense steps to protect yourself during flu season.
Two simple ones to start with TODAY are…
- Wash your hands often, especially when you’re out and before you eat.
- Arm your immune system with flu-fighting nutrients, including vitamins C and D.
Neither will protect you from bears and balloons. But both WILL help fight off flu.
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