I was surprised by the high statistic quoted last week in your article entitled ‘Good take-up for flu jabs.’ Apparently more than 75% percent of mums-to-be locally have had their flu vaccination for 2013/2014.
This brought to mind an article published in the British Medical Journal in May 2013. Written by Peter Doshi – a postdoctoral fellow of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, it gives insight into why there may be such a rush to vaccinate against flu.
The article explains that there has been enormous growth in the uptake of the influenza vaccine – not driven by popular demand, but instead by a public health campaign that delivers a straightforward message: influenza is a serious disease, we are all at risk of complications from influenza, the flu vaccine is virtually risk free, and vaccination saves lives.
Yet, Doshi argues that the vaccine might be less beneficial and less safe than has been claimed, and the threat of influenza appears overstated.
He points out that the agency responsible for undertaking research into the vaccine acknowledges their evidence may be undermined by bias. Yet, he says “for most people, and possibly most doctors, officials need only claim that vaccines save lives, and it is assumed there must be solid research behind it.”
He goes on to reveal that there is virtually no evidence that flu vaccines reduce deaths in the elderly and there is mounting evidence that in some populations (particularly adolescents and children) there may be serious reactions.
At the Herbal Clinic we have found the flu vaccine to be unnecessary. Infection can be managed effectively with a supportive diet regime and individually tailored herbal preparations.
I feel it is important that people are informed in their choices, particularly those relating to health. It is unethical that vaccines should be marketed to both health professionals and the public alike, with the focus on profit over true value or risk. When walking through a marketplace one expects that the stallholders are trying to make money and one will examine the products carefully before purchasing. With health and medication however, many put full trust into those providing the medicines, not realising that the supplier is ultimately interested in their money, not their health.
For this reason I urge you to read a fuller article from the British Medical Journal, a link for which can be found on The Herbal Clinic website – www.herbalclinic-swansea.co.uk.
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