Flu Vaccine Not Effective for 65 and Older

Flu season has been quite hard on many people, particularly those over 65. And if you had the flu shot, it probably didn’t help. According to a report in the CDC’s Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report released last week, the flu vaccine was only effective in 9% of those 65 and older, a number too low to be statistically significant. The study was based on a survey of 2,697 children and adults by the U.S. Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness Network from December 3, 2012, through January 19, 2013.

Michael Jhung, a CDC epidemiologist, says that this season’s flu hospitalization rates in those 65-plus is the highest since CDC began its current surveillance system in 2007. The reason for this very low rate of effectiveness in this particularl age group is not known, although the vaccine does become less effective as we get older.

So, with flu season still in high gear, it is critically important to stay healthy and consider other options to prevent illness, especially in those 65 and older. Read this to find out how you can prevent the flu.

 

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Reducing Vaccination Side Effects

The topic of vaccinations is a hot topic, and whether you decide to vaccinate or not to vaccinate is a very personal decision. For those who decide to vaccinate, here are some suggestions to reduce possible side effects.

In terms of supplementation, most of the typical protocols prior to vaccination suggest you start 4-6 weeks pre-vaccination and continue on anywhere from 1 to 3 months following. That being said, other professionals will recommend supplementation the day before, the day of, and the day after vaccination. The truth is, there is no one gold standard to follow. Choose a schedule and protocol that you feel comfortable with and that will easily fit into your daily schedule without adding unnecessary stress to your life, or your child’s.

I recommend supplementing daily with 500 mg of L-glutamine and probiotics to ensure healthy gut flora, healthy absorption of nutrients and elimination of waste. In addition, 500-1,000 mg of vitamin C and 50 mg of vitamin B6 daily have also been recommended both pre- and post-vaccination to support the immune system. Zinc and vitamin D3 are also recommended by some for immune support.

If you are vaccinating infants, homeopathics are an easier way to provide protection. Continue reading “Reducing Vaccination Side Effects”

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Lancet Retracts 1998 Study About Autism

The prestigious medical journal Lancet has retracted a study linking the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine to autism. In a statement explaining its retraction of Wakefield’s paper, the Lancet said, “Following the judgment of the U.K. General Medical Council’s Fitness to Practice Panel on Jan. 28, 2010, it has become clear that several elements of the 1998 paper by Wakefield et al are incorrect … in particular, the claims in the original paper that children were ‘consecutively referred’ and that investigations were ‘approved’ by the local ethics committee have been proven to be false. Therefore we fully retract this paper from the published record.”

Will this really affect the way people view vaccinations? Continue reading “Lancet Retracts 1998 Study About Autism”

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