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Flu Vaccine’s Benefits for the Elderly Have Been Wildly Exaggerated

Posted By Mark Sisson On September 25, 2007 @ 5:17 pm In Aging,Big Pharma,Health,Hype,Prevention | 6 Comments

I only wish this surprised me.

The flu vaccine has met with not-insignificant controversy as those like myself who advocate more natural preventive health measures have long questioned the necessity of an annual jab. But until now, even “alternative” health experts have conceded that the flu vaccine is necessary for the immune-compromised and especially the elderly (among other vulnerable populations). Turns out, even this accepted wisdom is little more than another case of the ever self-serving Big Pharma.

The Lancet has the details and I encourage you to read up (start here [7]) if this is a matter that interests you. As for the merit of the flu shot, I’ve never been sold on it. I think intelligent supplementation, exercise, rest, prudent nutrition and extra hand-washing during the worst times of the year is a more sensible and safe approach. But that’s just me.

Further Reading:

The 10 Dumbest Drugs Ever Invented [8]

My Radical Health Care Proposal [9]

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