A patient asked me today why I haven’t been writing more blog posts? I told her I have been working hard on a new book. More information about that will come soon.
Also today, my wife told me to stop writing about the flu vaccine. She thinks I am writing too much about it. I told her that the flu vaccine is like low-hanging fruit–it is just too easy to write about.
But, what can I do when a large hospital system sends out a letter with my name at the bottom which states that I am recommending the flu vaccine. You see, a patient of mine sent me copy of a letter he received from a local hospital system. The patient also included a not to me stating, “Dr. B, I don’t think this letter is from you. I thought you would like to see what they are sending out in your name.” A copy of the letter is shown below.
Folks, I assure you, this letter was not from me.
I called the hospital that sent this out and demanded a retraction be sent to all who received it. Note the letter states, “Influenza kills 25,000-30,000 people across the United States each year.”
Oh boy. Where do I start? Influenza does NOT kill 25,000-30,000 people each year. The truth is, in 2010, the CDC reported that the flu killed 500 people. (1) Of course if you go to the CDC’s website, they proclaim, “Over a period of 30 years, between 1976 and 2006, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people.” (2)
I suggest the CDC stop estimating and start reporting the true numbers. The truth is that influenza annually kills a few hundred Americans. Of course, each death is tragic, but does anyone really believe that vaccinating 350 million Americans is going to drastically alter a few hundred Americans dying each year from the flu? I seriously doubt that, particularly when the flu vaccine has never been shown to significantly decrease the incidence of the flu. Furthermore, the flu vaccine has never been shown to lower the death rate from from the flu.
How do they get the 25,000-49,000 flu deaths per year number? It is an estimated number that includes the number of people who also die from pneumonia. How many people die from pneumonia each year? 49,597 died from pneumonia in 2010, according to the CDC’s data (see reference 1).
Does the flu vaccine protect against pneumonia? No. It has never been shown to protect against getting pneumonia.
Each year the CDC trots out their inaccurate numbers. If they told the truth, the flu vaccine would become a thing of the past. And, I haven’t even mentioned the toxic additives in the flu vaccine which include mercury and formaldehyde.
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