by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:
The latest numbers from the CDC on the flu vaccine show that this year’s shots were only 9% effective against the current strain that popped up mid-season.
Every year, the Centers for Disease Control releases its data on how effective the flu vaccine has been for the previous season, and nearly every year, the numbers are disappointing. Once again, doctors are now expressing their disappointment over the latest flu vaccine with the release of the CDC’s new data.
This year’s flu vaccine “failed miserably” according to the CDC due to a current flu strain that showed up halfway through the season.
As ABC 7 reports, in fact — the agency rated its effectiveness at just 9% against that strain and the overall effectiveness for the entire season at 29%.
And this is the case nearly every year. Despite this terrible track record of not working, every year, the CDC continues to urge everyone to get the flu shot. What’s more, according to ABC News, vaccines against most infectious diseases are not considered successful unless they are at least 90% effective. Due to the flu virus’ ability to change so quickly, vaccine effectiveness usually averages around 40%.
Since the United States has never seen a 90% effective rate, the flu vaccine has never been considered successful.
In spite of this fact, municipalities across the country enact laws to ban children and adults alike from schools and workplaces unless they receive the flu vaccine.
As TFTP reported earlier this year, Connecticut parents were told that if they cannot prove their child received the flu vaccine, they will not be allowed to return to school.
The new state law is simple: comply or your child cannot go to school.
Lawmakers claim that the laws like these are necessary because every year in the US roughly 20,000 children under 5 are hospitalized because of the flu. But historically, the data shows that these numbers are largely skewed.
The CDC has been telling the public for nearly a decade that there are more than 200,000 estimated hospitalizations and 36,000 estimated deaths from influenza in the U.S. every year.
But these estimates count a lot of people hospitalized – not just with influenza but also with pneumonia, respiratory and circulatory illnesses – which they counted as probably associated with influenza.
What’s more is the fact that the flu shot is a crap shoot every year. It was no secret that like this year, last year’s vaccine was all but entirely ineffective.
Also, despite reassurance from government officials, the flu vaccine has been documented to cause harm.
As TFTP reported in December, Shane Morgan, like millions of other Americans was vaccinated against the flu virus in November. However, within 36 hours of receiving the shot, he began experiencing symptoms of the flu.