Peter Doshi, a scientist at Johns Hopkins University, recently published a paper in the British Medical Journal raising serious questions about the benefits of the influenza vaccine.  In his paper, he criticized the methodologies of the major studies on which America's public health push is based, as well as pointing to statistics which indicated that there are more potential dangers to the vaccine than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate. Some of the potential side effects are mercury poisoning, increased incidence in narcolepsy, even death.

People with weakened immune systems – such as seniors, young children, or people suffering from preexisting medical conditions – are at risk from the vast majority of flu strains.  Influenza is also a much more rapidly evolving virus than those responsible for shingles/chickenpox, smallpox and polio.  This means that scientists must attempt to predict the major flu strains for any given year in their vaccine creation, and that there is a chance that the vaccine will not, in fact, prevent the flu at all.

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Doshi's concerns – and those of other reputable scientists and doctors – make sense in light of these facts.  Though studies have indicated that people who get flu vaccines tend to avoid the flu better than those who don't, even the CDC recognizes that this difference could be attributable to differing health habits among the two populations.  Someone diligent enough about their health to get a flu shot is probably also conscientious enough to routinely wash his/her hands and engage in other immune-boosting activities.

Doshi says that once this factor is removed, studies indicate that the effect of the flu vaccine is minimal.  It doesn't seem to decrease the risk of complications, and likely only reduces the risk of illness by 1-9%.

In fact, Doshi's statistics indicate that there is no benefit at all for young children.  There are risks, though, from mercury toxicity to an increased incidence in narcolepsy to death.  One of the most notoriously dangerous vaccines was the 1970s swine flu vaccine, which killed multiple people as the government continued to promote it and dismissed concerns. Dr. Russell Blaylock recently told NewsMax, "For most people flu vaccines don't prevent the flu but actually increase the odds of getting it."

In fact, Doshi's statistics indicate that there is no benefit at all for young children.  There are risks, though, from mercury toxicity to an increased incidence in narcolepsy to death.  One of the most notoriously dangerous vaccines was the 1970s swine flu vaccine, which killed multiple people as the government continued to promote it and dismissed concerns.

So if vaccines don't really help people why does the government and big pharma companies push them every year?

"It's all about money," says Dr. Blaylock. "Vaccines are a pharmaceutical company's dream. They have a product that both the government and the media will help them sell, and since vaccines are protected, they can't be sued if anyone has a complication."

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