As reported by Reuters, the flu shot was only marginally effective, and the numbers were admittedly far worse for the elderly. Protection was so bad with the elderly that Reuters saw fit to declare the flu shot "largely failed" to protect the elderly during this past flu season.
According to the CDC data itself, the efficacy of seasonal influenza vaccines among those 65 years of age and older during the 2012-2013 flu season was a mere nine percent. What this means is that 91 percent of elderly individuals given a flu shot derived absolutely no benefit from the vaccine, as they developed the flu anyway. Many of these same individuals also likely suffered negative side effects in the form of lowered immunity and increased heavy metal toxicity.
"We simply need a better vaccine against influenza," argued CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden in a desperate attempt to salvage his agency's misguided endorsement of the flu shot following the release of the official figures. "One that works better and lasts longer."
In reality, fewer than two percent of people who get flu shots derive any protection
Interestingly, even the measly 50 percent efficacy rate touted in the CDC study is inaccurate. Just because roughly 50 percent of those vaccinated for the flu did not end up developing the flu does not mean that the flu shot was responsible for this reduction. As explained in the CDC study (but not necessarily by the mainstream media), a large percentage of those who did not get the flu shot also did not get the flu.
According to the data, fewer than 40 percent of all participants, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, contracted the flu, while the other 60-plus percent remained healthy. Of this 60 percent, roughly half were vaccinated, while the other half were not vaccinated. This means that among all those who did not contract the flu, there was virtually no difference in the infection rate between the vaccinated and unvaccinated.
At the same time, the alleged 50 percent success rate figure being thrown around by the CDC does not actually prove that the vaccine had anything to do with any sort of reduction in flu infections. Since half of all those who did not get the flu were not even vaccinated, there is no substantial evidence in the CDC study to prove that the flu shot in any way conferred protection.
You can view the actual and telling results of the study here: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6207a2.htm
This would not be the first time, of course, that the CDC artificially inflated its flu statistics. As we reported back in 2011, shocking figures published as part of a scientific review in The Lancet revealed that flu shots are effective in a mere 1.5 percent of people, at most. And earlier that same year, the CDC actually admitted, inadvertently, that flu shots do not work as claimed. (http://www.naturalnews.com/032558_flu_shots_wear_off.html)
To learn more about how to protect yourself from the flu naturally, visit: http://www.naturalnews.com/report_anti-viral_remedies_influenza_0.html
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