Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Flu vaccine efficacy 2015. My (controversial) take.

Personally I think the benefits of the flu vaccine are being overstated. A maximum 60% protection is reported (ie 60% of vaccinated people who presented with influenza symptoms test negative for influenza) but in this season's analysis it was 19% .

I feel we should put more emphasis on
1) staying home if you are ill
2) keep kids home from school when I'll
3) hand washing and soap everywhere
4) tissues and coughing into the elbow
5) avoiding sick people

These offer better protection than the vaccine.  And that is before we talk about herd immunity. More than 80% of a population must be vaccinated to gain the proposed benefits of herd immunity.  1.usa.gov/1euUQHF. . In south Africa I believe our uptake is <1%.
At my hospital there had been a drive for health care workers to be vaccinated, especially with two cases of influenza A pneumonia in the ICU. However, the evidence for HCW to vaccinate is low quality bit.ly/1euVe8T

Indeed,not all flu vaccine skeptics are anti-vaxxers. I am a believer in childhood immunisation.  But the flu vaccine doesn't have good quality evidence to back it. As in a recent BMJ article there is certainly enough doubt to raise healthy debate. http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g6182/rapid-responses
And the Cochrane Collaboration also released summaries of the vaccine use in children and healthy adults as well as those over 65.
http://www.cochrane.org/CD004879/ARI_vaccines-for-preventing-influenza-in-healthy-children

There are even a few studies (observational, in Canada) linking the flu vaccine to worse protection from the flu http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1000258 which was then replicated in a ferret study http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0086555

As with most things in medicine I think there is more than one way to view the evidence.And increasingly people are becoming aware of the cognitive dissonance that is pervasive in modern medicine. This is where we have a belief that something is true and so will look for evidence to substantiate the belief and discard evidence that negates the belief. bit.ly/1Uo25lC
http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.0020124

Its a very personal decision  but I don't think people should be reprimanded for not getting a flu vaccine.

9 comments:

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  5. There are some natural remedies that can be used in the prevention and elimination of diabetes totally. However, the single most important aspect of a diabetes control plan is adopting a wholesome lifestyle Inner Peace, Nutritious and Healthy Diet, and Regular Physical Exercise. A state of inner peace and self-contentment is essential to enjoying a good physical health and overall well-being. The inner peace and self contentment is a just a state of mind.People with diabetes diseases often use complementary and alternative medicine. I was diagnosed with diabetes .It was at work and  feeling unusually tired and sleepy. I borrowed a cyclometer from a co-worker and tested at 760. Went immediately to my doctor and he gave me prescriptions like: Insulin ,Sulfonamides,Thiazolidinediones but Could not get the cure rather to reduce the pain but bring back the pain again. i found a woman testimony name Comfort online how Dr Akhigbe cure her HIV  and I also contacted the doctor and after I took his medication as instructed, I am now completely free from diabetes by doctor Akhigbe herbal medicine.So diabetes patients reading this testimony to contact his email     drrealakhigbe@gmail.com   or his Number   +234 802  501 2866   He also use his herbal herbs to diseases like:SPIDER BITE, SCHIZOPHRENIA, LUPUS,EXTERNAL INFECTION, COMMON COLD, JOINT PAIN, EPILEPSY,STROKE,TUBERCULOSIS ,STOMACH DISEASE. ECZEMA, GOUT, PROGENITOR, EATING DISORDER, LOWER RESPIRATORY INFECTION,  DIABETICS,HERPES,HIV/AIDS, ;ALS,  CANCER , TUMOR, HEART HEALTH, MENINGITIS,HEPATITIS A AND B,ASTHMA, HEART DISEASE, CHRONIC DISEASE. NAUSEA VOMITING OR DIARRHEA,KIDNEY DISEASE. HEARING  LOSSDr Akhigbe is a good man and he heal anybody that comes to him. here is email    drrealakhigbe@gmail.com    and his Number +234 901 075 4824

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