It’s that time of year where there’s an advertisement for getting your flu shot on every corner, and in every drug store.
If you recall, last year’s vaccine was a bit of a failure; a new strain of flu – H3N2- emerged after the year’s vaccine had already been developed. So, it did very little protect anyone, and even the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) admitted it.
Naturally, this year’s vaccine is designed to protect against H3N2, last year’s strain of flu. The CDC hopes it will be a good match for this year’s strain, even though they don’t know what it is yet. A recent advisory from the agency actually states it’s impossible to predict what the virus will look like in an upcoming season.
So, should you get the vaccine? Well, the CDC and traditional health professionals alike answer this question with an emphatic, “Yes.” However, holistic family physician, David Brownstein, says otherwise.
“The flu vaccine has been around for over 30 years, and there is not one single study showing that any flu vaccine has helped prevent the flu in the majority who receive it,” says Dr. Brownstein.
He also states that the flu vaccine hasn’t been shown to prevent flu complications like pneumonia in upwards of 90% of its recipients. Which makes sense, given that the yearly flu vaccine is a best guess, not an exact science. Brownstein feels flu vaccines are inefficient at best, citing that many studies suggest about 100 people need to be vaccinated to avoid just one singular case of flu. Brownstein also suggests that the government knows flu vaccines are ineffective, contain toxins and cause many more side affects than anyone is willing to admit.