How effective are flu vaccines?

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Some flu experts are now challenging conventional medical thinking and arguing that flu vaccines and antiviral drugs may provide little or no protection for those most in need of such protection.

If you have ever wondered how effective flu vaccines really are, then take the time to read this excellent article in the Atlantic: Does the vaccine matter?

The writer, Shannon Brownlee, is the author of the acclaimed book, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine Is Making Us Sicker and Poorer, which was named the best economics book of 2007 by a New York Times economics correspondent.

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Morning Dew

Vaccines are a hoax and a scam of modern medicine establishment. There are so much evidence that are weighed against it. I wrote to one of our medical body about 2 years back presenting quite a few medical studies of ineffectiveness and harm to our children. They replied with 2 studies from a scandinavian country and japan. I looked up the 2 studies and there were studies done on babies that were given vaccination only after 2 year old. Malaysia vaccinate our children from birth as in the US and all studies showed widespread damage and harm. If our own… Read more »

Sean

‘Antibiotic’ is for bacteria, Ong Eu Soon. H1N1 is a virus, not a bacterial infection. All that vaccination does is to ‘teach’ your body something about the disease you want it to defend itself against, so that it can react faster when the real disease comes along. ‘Flu’ isn’t just one disease, it’s a family of diseases, many of which are prevalent in our locality at any one time. It’s like being burgled by someone who picks the locks in your door. You get more secure locks, and then the burglar’s cousin lifts the tiles on your roof and comes… Read more »

Ong Eu Soon

Modern medicine know nut about flu. Flu come from different sources,i.e. wind, heat, cold, evaporation. Modern medicine just don’t know how to isolate the syndromes associated with the source. There is no treatment by modern medicine, the vaccination is just a lousy excuse to rip profit from the fear of flu. I treated my patients the traditional way without any difficulty or complications. I don’t see the need to have the hysteria over flu. Vaccination totally will not work with flu. The only vaccination came from the ancient time is that associated with chicken pot nothing else. Modern medicine steal… Read more »

Ong Eu Soon

I did not say that antibiotic is for flu. I am accusing doctors of using anti-biotic to treat flu in my writeup.
http://eusoon.blogspot.com/2009/08/h1n1-treatment-antibiotics-or-not.html
That is precisely what our modern doctors do. You should direct your comment to the health ministry.

Ong Eu Soon

Based on your theory on mutation, once the flu mutated no vaccination will work. The mutation theory is introduced to explain why the vaccination didn’t work. The fear of H1N1 mutate is total unfound, if the H1N1 is ever mutated, the vaccination will be totally useless. This is just common sense.

KT

Flu vaccine is a cocktail of various strain of flu virus that the drug company PREDICT will be the ‘rampant’ flu this coming year. With numerous strain/mutation to the flu virus, how can a company predict one year in advance which one will be the ‘popular’ flu virus. Its all advertisement & marketing to boost the profits. Flu vaccine CANT protect you against the H1N1 flu. Only an actual H1N1 vaccine can kill it. Killing complex virus is like ‘one particular bullet kill one particular virus’. Unlike simple bacteria in which one anti-biotic can kill many bacteria of the same… Read more »

Ong Eu Soon

When you have a flu, after 2 month you might catch a flu again. What does this mean? When you recovered from flu, your body are suppose to produce antibiotic that resist flu just the way vaccination does. Why some people still be able to catch a flu less than 2 months after flu recovery? Guess quite a lot of you has this experience before. Modern medicine will argue that this is caused by different strain of flu. Remember when the rapid test kit of bird flu failed to detect H1N1, the health ministry directed all hospital and clinic to… Read more »

Gerakan K

Vaccines must continue. But also pray sincerely. Keep a healthy life style, eg:

1)exercise frequently
2)avoid excessive alcoholic drink
3)sleep and rest well
4)eat balance food