Why Flu Vaccines don’t Work

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Researchers have identified one more important reason flu shots don’t usually work very well — it’s because they are grown in chicken eggs.

Flu viruses mutate every year and it turns out the methods used to make flu vaccines cause them to mutate even more, the researchers found.

“How you prepare the vaccine can have profound effects on how humans respond to it,” said Scott Hensley of the University of Pennsylvania, who helped lead the study.

It’s one more reason the world needs to develop more modern methods of making flu vaccines, says Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

“We need to get away from the antiquated production model, which the egg is,” Fauci said.

It’s not a big surprise that eggs are not a great way to make vaccines. Vaccine makers, doctors, immunologists and other experts have known for years that the way flu vaccines are made is slow, clunky and prone to errors.

However, Hensley and colleagues have shown specifically why, with a specific vaccine — last year’s part of the flu vaccine that targeted H3N2 flu virus. That’s the main strain that made people sick in the U.S. last year.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year’s influenza vaccine reduced doctors visits for flu by 42 percent. When people were tested specifically for flu strains, the vaccine reduced H3N2 disease by just 34 percent.

Every flu vaccine is a cocktail, aimed at either three or four of the most common flu strains. It’s reformulated every year, because flu viruses mutate constantly. That’s one problem — the constant so-called drift of flu viruses that makes it hard to keep up with them.

The second problem is how flu vaccines are made. Most of them are grown in eggs. It’s a slow and tricky process, one that takes weeks or months and that can go wrong easily.

And because flu viruses are so mutation-prone, the very process of growing them in eggs makes them mutate.

“Any influenza viruses produced in eggs have to adapt to growing in that environment and hence generate mutations to grow better,” said Ian Wilson of the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California

In fact, they won’t grow at all unless they mutate, Hensley said.

 

NBC News November 2017

Full article

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/here-s-one-reason-flu-vaccines-are-so-lousy-they-n818046

 

We must reiterate some important things from this study that I have told patients for years.

Flu viruses mutate every year and it turns out the methods used to make flu vaccines cause them to mutate even more, the researchers found.

If this influenza virus that they so heavily recommend us to get vaccinated for mutates yearly, isn’t this just a guessing game cocktail within the vaccine? And so, if it is a guessing game of what virus is coming this year, this vaccine in my opinion has nothing more than a placebo effect for most patients. Not to even speak of the toxic adjuvants and preservatives within this vaccine. You as always see a strong push this time of the year from media and your traditional physicians to get your flu vaccine. The next time your doctor tells you that you should get a flu shot. Ask him or her how much reimbursement/bonus money he or she receives for pedaling a very ineffective vaccine at best. Follow the money.

Dr. J

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  1. #1 by Carol Ebner on January 11, 2018 - 11:55 am

    We haven’t gotten the flu vaccine for years now. But, webhat do you recommend to help us stay healthy in what’s turning into a deadly flu season?

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    • #2 by Terri on January 13, 2018 - 8:18 am

      Look up charcoal remedies. Also cayenne pepper, research baking soda also. All need to be taken at first sign of symptoms. Don’t wait!

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