Flu Vaccines Are a Waste of Money

November 5, 2012

05 Nov  (AHRP) – Respected international scientists who examined the evidence, concluded that annual influenza campaigns are likely an utter waste of time and money.”  But officials at the US Centers for Disease Control disregard science and accept commercial propaganda as their guide for setting public health policy. This is a follow up to our article, Cochrane Collaboration: Flu Vaccines of No Benefit.

In light of the Cochrane findings refuting the claims made about the flu vaccine’s effectiveness in preventing the flu; in preventing viral transmission; and in preventing complications that “save lives,” Alan Cassels, a pharmaceutical policy researcher at the University of Victoria, BC, questions the validity of aggressive public health mandates urging the mass vaccinations against the flu–even attempting to force healthcare workers to be vaccinated.

In an article published in FOCUS online.ca ,he notes the “growing cynicism around the fear-mongering of recent flu pandemics, and the overzealousness with which vaccines are promoted, and you have a recipe for a cynical public. But of most concern is the determination by some respected international scientists and researchers that annual influenza campaigns are likely an utter waste of time and money.”

There are over 200 viruses that cause influenza and influenza-like illness and can produce symptoms similar to the everyday flu. It is estimated that 80 percent of flu-like illness reported during the “flu season” is not caused by influenza. As well, influenza viruses constantly evolve and mutate and since it takes up to nine months to develop the right vaccine, by the time flu season arrives, the flu shot may or may not match strains circulating.  Which is to say, fighting the flu is largely a hit-and-miss affair.

In an extensive interview with Dr. Tom Jefferson, the most authoritative world expert on respiratory infections and vaccines, who has spent more than 10 years examining the evidence provided by Roche Pharmaceuticals about its highly promoted Tamiflu vaccine. The manufactured claims about the Tamiflu vaccine led to massive global stockpiling.

Dr. Jefferson says, “I can only say that I have acted as an unpaid salesperson for Roche for the last ten years!”

That is because he and his colleagues at the independent Cochrane Collaboration proved that the published data about Tamiflu was biased and misleading because Roche released only partial data–refusing to provide the complete data. As Mr. Cassels indicates, this example confirms that “much of the published research on all kinds of drugs and treatments found in peer-reviewed medical journals is incomplete. It only gives half the story.”  Dr. Jefferson has written that poor science, coupled with “media business, pharma business, pandemic business and unaccountable decision-making,” are making a mockery of global policies around the flu.

For more on this article go to (AHRP)

Also see Reassessing Flu Shots