Flu Shots…Are they in your best interest? PART II

FLU SHOTS…Are they really in your best interest?
October 13, 2016
Don’t throw away those Pumpkin Seeds!
November 4, 2016


this article includes facts to assist you in making a choice.
Flu shot  facts –they’re important to know – especially if you have cancer.

Seriously considering whether or not to get a flu shot (or any other type of vaccination for that matter) this year was discussed in Part I:   (https://evictingcancer.com/is-it-really-in-your-best-interest-to-get-the-flu-shot-this-year)

Is it worth the risks to get a flu shot?   If you or your loved one ever considered or chose chemotherapy or radiation, you had to ask yourself the same question: were the benefits worth the risk? Some of you ultimately said yes and some of you said no.  With regards to getting a vaccination,  Part I spelled out some of the risks.  Now, I will share some of the data regarding the efficacy (or effectiveness) of the flu shot so that you can better answer the risk/benefit question for yourself.  In part one, I laid out 7 concerns about the flu shot.

Here are 8 facts about the effectiveness of the flu shot:

  1. In January 2015, U.S. government officials admitted that, in most years, flu shots are, at best, 50% to 60% effective at preventing lab confirmed influenza requiring medical care.(Center for Disease Control (CDC) Early Estimates of Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness — United States, January 16, 2015 / 64(01);10-15)
  2. In December 2015, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analysis of flu vaccine effectiveness revealed that, between 2005 and 2015, the influenza vaccine was less than 50 percent effective more than half of the time.
  3. If you take a Statin drug, it will be even more ineffective, because statin drugs undermine your immune system’s ability to respond to the flu vaccine. Cholesterol-lowering drugs may undermine effectiveness of flu vaccine, studies find, STAT Reporting from the frontiers of health and medicine, HELEN BRANSWELL  OCTOBER 29, 2015
  4. Research published in 2014 concluded that vaccine-induced protection against influenza was greatest among those who had NOT received a flu shot in the previous five years. Oxford Journals, Volume 59, Issue 10. Impact of Repeated Vaccination on Vaccine Effectiveness Against Influenza A(H3N2) and B During 8 Seasons pg. 1375-1385
  5. Data shows that people who received the seasonal flu vaccine in 2008 had twice the risk of getting the H1N1 “swine flu” compared to those who didn’t receive a flu shot. CIDRAP News) New Canadian studies suggest seasonal flu shot increased H1N1 risk. Filed under UH1N1 2009 Pandemic Influenza; Influenza Vaccines Maryn McKenna ,Apr 06, 201
  6. Compared to children who do not get an annual flu vaccine, those who receive influenza vaccinations have a three times higher risk of hospitalization due to influenza. Science Daily: Children Who Get Flu Vaccine Have Three Times Risk Of Hospitalization For Flu, Study Suggests, May 20, 2009 American Thoracic Society
  7. Influenza vaccine does not appear to prevent influenza-like-illness (ILI) associated with other types of viruses responsible for about 80 percent of all respiratory or gastrointestinal infections during any given flu season. FDA. 94th Meeting of Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee Transcript. Feb. 20, 2003 CDC weekly US influenza surveillance report, 2015-2016 Influenza Season Week 39 ending October 1, 2016                                                                   JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association)  Internal Medicine, June 10, 2013, ):1014-1016.                       Influenza Vaccines Time for a Rethink Peter Doshi, PhD
  8. The nasal spray flu vaccine has now turned into a failure of epic proportions. During the 2015/2016 flu season, it had a failure rate of 97 percent. As recently reported by STAT News:“In late June an expert committee that advises the U.S. government on vaccination policy recommended that the nasal spray vaccine FluMist, which has been used by millions, not be used this season. The reason: Studies conducted by the CDC had shown that for the past three flu seasons the vaccine wasn’t protecting the people who got it.

So now you can make a more informed choice – or at least start a dialog with your health care provider leading you to make one.

That’s the mission of Evicting Cancerto help you make more informed and empowered choices. Another part of that mission is to help you implement those choices.  So, in case your informed choice is to NOT get the flu shot, what can you do to lessen your chances of getting the flu?

Part III will offer 10 self-care steps to make you more flu-proof!