September 25 2007

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

By Mark Sisson

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) 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:

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  1. It’s that time of year again. My sister always takes her kids to get their flu shots, I do not. Her kids still get sick, mine do not.

  2. Here, Here!
    It’s about time we start educating the public!
    Is it any wonder when you ask your doctor for a list of ingrediants in the flu vaccine that they have no information yet, you can look at a box of Twinkies and see everything in these artery cloggers!

    Keep up the good work. We need more proactive people sharing the truth.

  3. I’ve never gotten a flu shot. I’ve had the flu, twice in the last 20 years. It’s no fun, but I don’t think if I had taken the shot it would have any better.

  4. Never had a flu shot. I’ve had the flu three times in my entire life. Each time was certainly no picnic but not worth getting a shot in my opinion.

  5. My husband had a flu shot, I did not. Nobody got sick. 🙂 I’m pretty sure it is more up to your own immune system.
    Live a healthy life, exersice reguraly, wash your hands and avoid big crowds. 😉