More flu vaccine expected this year
August 18th, 2011
06:42 PM ET

More flu vaccine expected this year

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention anticipate more doses of the seasonal influenza vaccine will be available during this year's flu season compared to last year's.

"We are anticipating 166 million or so are likely to be produced this year, compared to 157 million last year," said Dr. Carolyn Bridges, the Associate Director for Adult Immunization with the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease.

However, recommendations for who should be vaccinated remain the same. The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices says all Americans older than six months of age should be vaccinated against the flu every year. The vaccine is typically offered as a single dose. Only young children between the age of six months and eight years old who have never been vaccinated against the flu, or whose vaccination status is unknown, require a second dose of the vaccine four weeks later, known as a booster.

This year people aged 65 and older may opt for a new, high dose form of the flu vaccine, known as Fluzone High-Dose. Although it will be available during the 2011 – 2012 influenza season, the CDC's Advisory Committee has not issued a formal recommendation that Fluzone High-Dose be used by older patients since it is relatively new and data about its efficacy is still being collected.

This season's vaccine is composed of the same influenza strains as last year's vaccine, including the 2009 H1N1 strain.  Bridges estimates that 41% of American adults were vaccinated last year, including 63.5% of all health care professionals and 49% of pregnant women.

In a call with reporters,  Bridges said making flu vaccinations convenient for health care personnel was a "key strategy" in increasing the amount of vaccine coverage of that population. She also said data from last year showed pregnant women were five times more likely to choose to be vaccinated if the vaccine was recommended by their doctor.

The CDC says the influenza vaccine should be readily available around the country by September. Flu season typically lasts from October to May of the following year. To learn more about influenza or to find where there are flu vaccines in your area, check out www.cdc.gov/flu.

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  1. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    Wait for it....the usual paranoid nonsense from the vaccine crazies network who believe vaccines are bad because they: cause autism, weaken immunity, line the pockets of doctors and Big Pharma, and probably cause cancer.

    Nothing to see here. Move along.

    August 18, 2011 at 21:10 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Valentijn

      I don't know about autism, etc, but I do know that some vaccines contain MSG as a preservative, which a lot of people have a pretty bad reaction to. I do suggest reading the ingredients in vaccines and making sure there's nothing in them that you can't handle, if you're worried.

      August 19, 2011 at 00:23 | Report abuse |
    • Daws

      You mean of course "because they claim they...."

      August 19, 2011 at 05:09 | Report abuse |
    • Daws

      There's always risk of allergic reactions, even penicillin has people allergic to it. MSG is pretty mild stuff though, and part of me even wonders if "bad reactions" are misascribed to it, always keep in mind the post hoc doesn't mean proctor hoc. The alternative to not using a preservative however is for the shot to not work at all...

      August 19, 2011 at 05:13 | Report abuse |
    • Lou

      I would say vaccines make existing autism symptoms worse, not cause them due to underlying cause.

      August 19, 2011 at 09:39 | Report abuse |
    • Gord B


      If you look only at the numbers of the increase in cases of autism and the use of vaccines you may see a correlation. However, if you include that since the late 70's the methods of diagnosis have improved and what is considered "autism" has included a massively larger amount of things, you'll see that the increase in autism has nothing to do with vaccines.

      There has been no credible research that has shown any link between the two. The one that everyone loves to quote is the paper in the Lancet. However, this has been proven to be fraudulent. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MMR_vaccine_controversy

      I'd suggest reading that wikipedia article. You'll be surprised how safe vaccines are!

      August 19, 2011 at 14:34 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Lou would be "very surprised" if he weren't simply a salesman for some vitamin D-promoting concern.

      He's on every forum on the Health boards, promoting his brand of snake oil.

      Ask him who he works for. He won't tell you, but it's a hoot to see his silence when confronted.

      August 19, 2011 at 21:28 | Report abuse |
  2. saaaly

    what about a vacine to protect against obama. do they have one for that yet?

    August 18, 2011 at 21:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scarletb

      Do they have one for the GOP or Tea Partiers??

      August 18, 2011 at 21:40 | Report abuse |
    • ajbuffalo

      Gee, W. Bush probably forgot to get that into the CDC pipeline before he exited because he was too busy destroying the economy and the environment. Maybe he was having BP or Enron execs handle it?

      August 18, 2011 at 21:44 | Report abuse |
    • Pravda

      To be sure you don't get infected, maybe you should go back to your cave and stay there for the next 5 years.

      August 18, 2011 at 22:39 | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Thankfully, no. There is no and shall be no vaccination against common sense, intelligence and forethought.
      Though the tea party DOES rank a close approximation. So does eating lead paint chips and drinking mercury.

      August 19, 2011 at 00:26 | Report abuse |
  3. Scarletb

    Whatever.. More Pharmaceutical scare tactics to receive millions of dollars this year and not be taxed on a dime that they receive. Yet the middle and poor class continue to get suckered into this scheme because the Doctors (who sign agreements with the Pharmie companies) scare adults into having their child vaccinated for some meaningless vaccinations. There is a book out there for all concerned adults on vaccinations. It describes what is actually in the vaccination and at what step children should be taking them. Hey lets give our kiddos MMR all at once and see the autistic reality... No thank you. My child is vaccinated, but one vaccine at a time during certain developmental growth cycles. Get real people. Govt is trying to scare the s&!T out of everyone to make more money... People seriously have got to do some research for themselves instead of listening to whatever news is out there. Can't just be watching the good Ol tv. DO RESEARCH!!

    August 18, 2011 at 21:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Martha

      DO YOUR RESEARCH! I don't even think MMR is available in separate vaccines anymore, and if available, most pediatricians don't carry it due to cost.

      It's nitwits like you who are causing all the measles outbreaks internationally and putting children's lives at risk. Your poor kid...I bet you got vaccines as a child, but you deny your own child and put him/her at risk. Evil, evil, evil. You should be ashamed...karma is a hell of a thing, and it's going to hit you hard.

      August 18, 2011 at 21:47 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      See? What did I say? Nut jobs like Scarletb never fail to rise to the occasion.

      Morons, every one of you.

      August 18, 2011 at 21:55 | Report abuse |
    • nutmeg

      Actually MMR is available separately through your local health department. Maybe your ped. doesn't carry it, but it's available. My kids are on an alternate schedule as well. She never said her kids weren't vaccinated just at different times. The government has paid out money to families of children who have been injured or killed by vaccines. So it's not crazy, when vaccines concern parents.

      August 18, 2011 at 22:10 | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Funny how the DoD ENFORCES said vaccinations AFTER millions were spent on validation and scientific study from independent third parties.
      FACT: While deployed to Kuwait and Qatar, ZERO mandatory influenza vaccinations were required. But said nations had SERIOUS surveillance for disease.
      Go forward deployed, to where BOOM is a common sound, BANG is REAL commonplace, shots are MANDATORY.
      Go to Djibouti, IT IS MANDATORY OR YOU ARE GONE.
      But, you're right. It's all marketing.
      The great Spanish Influenza pandemic didn't exist, even IF it killed one grandparent's spouse each.
      Nope! Didn't happen, it's all marketing. They went into the reTARDIS and went back in time to PLANT evidence.
      Of your idiocy. Which was UTTERLY unnecessary.
      YOU proved it tonight.
      Oh, mighty drinker of moron milk.

      August 19, 2011 at 00:32 | Report abuse |
    • Daws

      Research "polio" and "smallpox epidemics" in our world's history.

      August 19, 2011 at 05:16 | Report abuse |
    • Lou

      That's what I did with my kid. Postpone vaccine schedule by 2 years. Never saw any problems with it at all. The secret is making sure kids get enough vitamin D. Something CDC knew but won't tell us. Dr. Looker from CDC wrote about it and actually showed by accident that 97% of USA population are not getting enough vitamin D and she said that it should be the new norms rather than do something about it. Vitamin D at right dosage is proving to be very effective against cold, flu, sinus infection and other upper respiratory infection.

      J Clin Virol. 2011 Mar;50(3):194-200. Epub 2011 Jan 15.
      Vitamin D and the anti-viral state.
      Beard JA, Bearden A, Striker R.
      University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Medicine, Wisconsin 53706, USA.
      Vitamin D has long been recognized as essential to the skeletal system. Newer evidence suggests that it also plays a major role regulating the immune system, perhaps including immune responses to viral infection. Interventional and observational epidemiological studies provide evidence that vitamin D deficiency may confer increased risk of influenza and respiratory tract infection. Vitamin D deficiency is also prevalent among patients with HIV infection. Cell culture experiments support the thesis that vitamin D has direct anti-viral effects particularly against enveloped viruses. Though vitamin D's anti-viral mechanism has not been fully established, it may be linked to vitamin D's ability to up-regulate the anti-microbial peptides LL-37 and human beta defensin 2. Additional studies are necessary to fully elucidate the efficacy and mechanism of vitamin D as an anti-viral agent.

      Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

      August 19, 2011 at 09:48 | Report abuse |
  4. Scarletb

    I have done my research and happen to be on the opposite spectrum of all you F%$#&tards. I never once said that my child was unvaccinated He on a certain schedule. Where we don't combine to may vaccinations with each. BTW I keep up with all my vaccinations and make sure my child has the ones he needs at a certain time. I am sure you are the nitwit that doesn't believe in that immunizations can affect children.. Maybe become a sped ed teacher (but you obviously dont have the patience) and understand what I see daily in my classroom. Maybe your just the person who teaches their children that it is ok to F%$k with those that are different from their children. That is called BULLIES. I make sure my child is safe in every aspect. Just because I don't work societies way of choosing vaccines for child does not make me horrible. It makes me different from the HERD that all of you follow MOOO away.

    August 18, 2011 at 22:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Intelligence

      You're not your. Get a vaccination, dumby.

      August 18, 2011 at 23:12 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      YOU'RE not a teacher, sped or otherwise, Scarletboob.

      August 18, 2011 at 23:46 | Report abuse |
    • Scarletb

      More educated than you Tom Tom Pipers son.

      August 19, 2011 at 00:29 | Report abuse |
    • Scarletb

      Ouch!!! You have issues. Nothing you can back up on and Who is the Boob. BTW it stands for Begonias you F%&t$%RD

      August 19, 2011 at 00:31 | Report abuse |
    • Daws

      Sorry to put it bluntly but: being a special ed. teacher does not make you a medical doctor.

      August 19, 2011 at 05:18 | Report abuse |
    • mikect

      There is no scientific evidence to support increased danger to children who get all their shots at once. I highly doubt getting 3 different vaccines at once is more dangerous then getting one. If that were the case then your child would have been injured the minute his immune system came in contact with multiple microbes. Your logic suggests a lack of understanding of the immune system and molecular biology.

      August 19, 2011 at 08:48 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Why don't you tell us all what "books" you've read and what sites you've used as a basis for your conclusions, Scartletb? I notice you haven't cited even one source for your claims. What experts claim that autism is the result of vaccination? That combining vaccines is dangerous?

      Why don't you list your 'research' sources so everyone can 'benefit' from them?

      August 19, 2011 at 12:26 | Report abuse |
  5. Ed Zachary

    I don't get it. The Center for Disease Control always recommends the vaccine for senior citizens and children. They never say anything about people who travel regularly. it seems to me that you could really slow down a lot of the flu epidemics if everyone who traveled internationally had to be vaccinated. I've been to many trade shows, conferences and business meetings, and it's really common to come home with an upper respiratory infection or other illness that you picked up in Germany from someone from Hong Kong who picked it up from someone in Brazil a week earlier. 50-100,000 people at a trade conference/show like CeBit in Germany or CES in Las Vegas can carry a lot of viruses home.

    August 18, 2011 at 22:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Monica

      Say it loud, Ed!

      August 19, 2011 at 09:49 | Report abuse |
  6. Scarletb

    I am fully vaccinated. For my childs sake

    August 18, 2011 at 22:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Why aren't you fully educated, for society's sake?

      August 18, 2011 at 23:46 | Report abuse |
  7. Brandon's Dad

    My healthy 9-year old son died two years ago from the H1N1 virus. It saddens me to see all the "it's not going to happen to me" and the "government conspiracy" posts here. I used to say it won't happen to us, we're a middle-class family with great health insurance, we're healthy!. If you're on the fence about getting a flu shot, please reconsider and get your family their shots.

    August 18, 2011 at 22:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • TruthHurts

      His immune system had been compromised by all the vaccinations he received over the years. My 18 month old survived the H1N1 virus. That was the only time that he has been sick in 3.5 years. NO vaccinations...ever.

      August 18, 2011 at 23:17 | Report abuse |
    • LMC

      I'm so sorry for your loss!

      August 18, 2011 at 23:27 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Baloney, Truth. Vaccines don't compromise anyone's immune system. You are unbelievably ignorant.

      August 18, 2011 at 23:49 | Report abuse |
  8. Scarletb

    Already have them.. Just sayin: DO your research instead of listening to al the hard ass media on TV Read once in awhile

    August 18, 2011 at 23:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Someone who can barely write a complete sentence is telling others to read? Please don't make me laugh.

      I HAVE done research. Unlike you, I actually know how to discern what's nothing more than nonsense on the web. You obviously don't.

      August 19, 2011 at 11:15 | Report abuse |
  9. Yermama

    To judge someone for making an educated and well researched decision against vaccinating their children is about as ignorant as you can get.
    I must ask if any of you jab-lovers have ever read the package insert from a vaccine manufacturer? If you have, and you still make the decision to vaccinate your child, at least it's an informed decision. To just 'trust your doctor' without doing your homework isn't very intelligent. There are so many medical doctors in all specialties who choose NOT to immunize themselves or their children. It's not a choice that should be made lightly, or without complete information. I used to sound like most of you, angry with those who chose not to immunize. But that was before I actually did any reading or research on the subject. Do your own investigation into the matter instead of listening to the fear mongers on tv and doctors who profit off of the vaccine scam.

    August 18, 2011 at 23:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      If Scarletboob sounds like someone who's made an educated and well-researched judgment about vaccines, you should have your head examined.

      August 18, 2011 at 23:48 | Report abuse |
  10. Moe NY

    More flu vaccine expected this year...isn't that nice. Let's hope the powers that be get it right this year...hopefully they do realize that the flu mutates every year.

    August 18, 2011 at 23:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Duh. No, they leave that detail to morons like you. Idiot.

      August 18, 2011 at 23:36 | Report abuse |
  11. Yermama

    @tom tom the pipers son- are you qualified to make that sort of a judgement about me, based on a comment in a news article? I think not. You sound like a typical loud-mouth bully who has done nothing in the way of research on vaccines. I could be wrong, but somehow I strongly doubt it. Instead of insulting people who have thoroughly investigated, take a time out and read, a lot. Then and only then will you have any credibility on the subject. If you have read up and are informed, at the very least have some tolerance for those who choose a different road than that of the mainstream. Besides, if you're immunized, those who aren't pose no risk to you, right? You're 'protected.'

    August 19, 2011 at 00:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Susan

      Ever hear of "herd immunity"? A typical vaccine protects only 80-95% of those who get it. However, if you vaccinate an entire population, the virus can't get a foothold among the small percentage who don't develop immunity, so epidemics become very difficult to sustain. Every person who deliberately chooses NOT to be vaccinated increases the percentage of susceptible people and puts those of us who got the vaccine but didn't develop immunity (or who can't get vaccinated due to legitimate health issues) at risk.

      August 19, 2011 at 07:50 | Report abuse |
    • Yermama

      Yes, I have heard of 'herd immunity' and it's also BS. READ. You will find that in populations of 100% vaccination, there have been outbreaks of disease for which those 100% were vaccinated, such as measles or mumps. Read ANY package insert for ANY vaccine and you will find that it says that the vaccine may not be effective for all people. Simply put, they are not effective. Period. But that's not all you'll find if you stop parroting the news and doctors who profit dearly from giving jabs. You'll find out a lot more than that.

      August 19, 2011 at 10:06 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oooh, yermammmy is going to tell me not to judge some moron who claims to be a teacher yet can't figure out how contractions work.

      I'm SO impressed.

      And any dumbazz who thinks herd immunity is "bull" deserves ridicule and scorn. Here's a heaping serving of both for you, yermammy.

      August 19, 2011 at 10:49 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I love how people like Yermammy spew nonsense about herd immunity. They claim that because some people still get infected even after being vaccinated, that means that vaccines aren't effective.

      That's just like saying that because seat belt don't prevent 100% of deaths in car accidents, seat belts are not effective. It's like saying that because sometimes sky divers die when parachuting out of planes, parachutes are not effective.


      August 19, 2011 at 11:23 | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Yermama – I'm not parroting the news; I'm a molecular biologist and actually have substantial training in the biological sciences. If you read my comment again, you'll see that I wasn't claiming that vaccines are 100% effective. The principle of herd immunity is that if ALL people in a group are vaccinated with a 90% effective vaccine, the 10% who aren't immune are less likely to pass along the illness, since 90% of the people they contact ARE immune. Hence, the epidemic dies out and we're ALL pretty unlikely to become sick.

      August 19, 2011 at 12:23 | Report abuse |
    • Yermama

      By all means, keep taking your shots. It's your choice to put whatever you choose in your body, and it's my choice to do the same. Your training and study don't really give me any confidence in your belief, since there are people who are equally and further trained than you who completely disagree with your THEORIES. I don't judge you for your belief in vaccines. You are free to believe that what you say is the truth.
      Not that it would mean much to any of you, but I choose not to inject a substance (I refer to ALL vaccines) that 'has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutigenic potential, or potential to impair fertility.'
      I'll take my chances with supposed vaccine preventable diseases, and not be faced with the possibility of cancers, vascular disease, diabetes, encephalitis, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, convulsions, seizures, pneumonia, and a number of other ailments and illnesses that the pharmaceutical industry claims 'may or may not be caused by vaccines,' thank you.
      I personally know someone who nearly lost her toddler son to the H1N1 nasal vaccine due to encephalitis. He had to be taught to walk, eat, and speak again.
      Not to mention those who take live forms of vaccine put those that are already immune compromised at risk of catching whatever disease that were vaccinated for.
      I choose NO, and people need to respect my choices, as I respect theirs.

      August 19, 2011 at 14:04 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You have a very odd way of showing "respect", yermammy.

      August 19, 2011 at 19:44 | Report abuse |
  12. Scarletb

    @TOm, TOm, Piper's son: I am highly educated,related to vaccinations. It us unfortunate that many people don't see how vaccines negatively affect some children. The majority of the ignorant people out here who want to "followed herd" can't possibly pick up a guide that references vaccines. In other words, they follow the doctors directions, unable to think for themselves and then they ask questions as to why my son/daughter is like this. THere is never jepordizing my son, but there is something called being aware of what is actually is injected into his body. Like I said MOOOOOOOOOO.O Follow the herd.. They all know what is right. Look at the cows they seem to turn out great.. as chopped ground beef. Think for yourself... Thats what america lacks

    August 19, 2011 at 00:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No, you're not.

      August 19, 2011 at 10:49 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You assume, wrongly, that because I have said you're full of it, that I have not researched vaccines and do not understand how they work or what risks they might present.

      I don't take a doctor's advice blindly. I DO have a lot more respect for his/her expertise than I do for yours, considering you can't even spell simple words correctly and don't have a clue as to whether the sources from which you dredge up your beliefs are even close to being reliable or based on hard science.

      Gee, should I believe what some anonymous source on a forum has to say, or would I do better to listen to a doctor who's actually practiced medicine and has a degree? Gee, what to do, what to do?

      August 19, 2011 at 11:27 | Report abuse |
  13. denise

    Hey! What about a vaccination for ecoli. Ecoli is really spreading out there, what are they waiting for? Another 10 million people to get infected?

    August 19, 2011 at 00:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wzrd1

      Enlighten us ALL about the magical e. coli vaccine that doesn't exist.
      WHEN one is found, THEN make noise. *I* will sign up FIRST, along with my ENTIRE extended family!
      I'll ALSO FULLY support research into it!
      But, e. coli is REAL important to DIGESTION. ONE type is EVIL, a handful of others are bad. The REST are NECESSARY.
      Or are you wanting a vaccination against life? Cyanide works for that one.

      August 19, 2011 at 00:36 | Report abuse |
  14. Wzrd1

    FINALLY! After tens of millions got spent, the SOB's FINALLY manufactured enough to cover a PORTION of the populace.
    But then, the Luddites PREFER mass death and economic depression.
    GOD willed it or some other tripe.

    August 19, 2011 at 00:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. ONELUV

    Read the Vaccine insert Ask the doctor for it. He has to give it to you. Breakdown the big fancy words on your computer and come to your own conclusions. But PLEASE have the sense to read the ingredients before you pump it into your or your kids bloodstream. There is nothing wrong with asking questions.

    August 19, 2011 at 00:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Skeptical Mom

    So CDC uses our tax dollars to buy too much vaccine, which the public by and large doesn't want partially because it contains toxic mercury and the CDC is too cheap to mandate mercury-free single dose vaccines. Then when the 40 million unused vaccines expire, they authorize our tax dollars to be used again to assist in the expensive disposal of the toxic waste in hazardous waste facilities with mercury scrubbers. In between, they send out spokespeople to tell everyone that it's perfectly safe to inject this toxic mercury into our bodies and the bodies of our children and infants. How stupid do they think we are? Hey, here's an idea! How about instead the CDC only order single-dose vaccines that are mercury-free, so that more people might get them, there will be less waste, and the disposal costs will be minimized.

    "Clean Harbors of Norwell, Mass., now offers H1N1 Vaccination Incineration Services that will profile, collect, and dispose of unused 2009 H1N1 vaccine for health care customers nationwide. Multiple doses of the vaccine contain enough mercury-based Thimerosal to be treated by EPA as a hazardous waste and will be incinerated."

    August 19, 2011 at 01:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lou

      I believe aluminium replaced mercury in some of vaccines.

      August 19, 2011 at 09:56 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yes, because throwing millions of unused vials of vaccine into the trash is JUST like getting a vaccination.

      August 19, 2011 at 11:29 | Report abuse |
  17. david

    you guys have well done on other health issues but not HIV/AIDS. Currently sub saharan African countries are in casuality fail to contain the rampant infection. The socioeconomic impact of HIV is compromising these disadvantaged community. Any healthy living behavior the community should develop? your exprience?

    August 19, 2011 at 01:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Augie

    Flu vaccines are not safe or effective. Over 1500 pre-born babies died from H1NI vaccines and countless other were neurologically impaired. See my Vaccine Nation Series http://journal.livingfood.us/category/vaccine-nation-mass-vax/

    August 19, 2011 at 08:15 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lou

      Not exactly safe for people with compromised immune system. Vitamin D would have been much safer. It does the same job.

      August 19, 2011 at 09:57 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, goody. It's LT33, the shill, yet again.

      August 19, 2011 at 10:50 | Report abuse |
  19. Augie

    We are told vaccines eradicated smallpox; but how could it have? Only 10% of Americans got the smallpox vaccination.

    August 19, 2011 at 08:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Lou

    For anyone not wanting flu vaccines should make sure to get enough vitamin D. It is pretty much your own natural vaccines against cold, flu and other upper respiratory illnesses. Starting now, 1000 IU of vitamin D3 for every 25 lbs of body weight every day will greatly minimize the risk of getting upper respiratory infection, asthma & allergy attack, etc.

    J Clin Virol. 2011 Mar;50(3):194-200. Epub 2011 Jan 15.
    Vitamin D and the anti-viral state.
    Beard JA, Bearden A, Striker R.
    University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Medicine, Wisconsin 53706, USA.
    Vitamin D has long been recognized as essential to the skeletal system. Newer evidence suggests that it also plays a major role regulating the immune system, perhaps including immune responses to viral infection. Interventional and observational epidemiological studies provide evidence that vitamin D deficiency may confer increased risk of influenza and respiratory tract infection. Vitamin D deficiency is also prevalent among patients with HIV infection. Cell culture experiments support the thesis that vitamin D has direct anti-viral effects particularly against enveloped viruses. Though vitamin D's anti-viral mechanism has not been fully established, it may be linked to vitamin D's ability to up-regulate the anti-microbial peptides LL-37 and human beta defensin 2. Additional studies are necessary to fully elucidate the efficacy and mechanism of vitamin D as an anti-viral agent.

    Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

    August 19, 2011 at 09:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Funny how LT33 doesn't seem to notice that this says: "vitamin D's anti-viral mechanism has not been fully established...additional studies are necessary to fully elucidate the effecacy and mechanism of vitamin D as an anti-viral agent."

      In other words, there's no proof that it works.

      August 19, 2011 at 10:54 | Report abuse |
    • Lou

      Funny how you overlooked : that it also plays a major role regulating the immune system, perhaps including immune responses to viral infection. Interventional and observational epidemiological studies provide evidence that vitamin D deficiency may confer increased risk of influenza and respiratory tract infection. Vitamin D deficiency is also prevalent among patients with HIV infection. Cell culture experiments support the thesis that vitamin D has direct anti-viral effects particularly against enveloped viruses.:

      It already has been established that vitamin D does have anit-virus properties. They just need to HOW EXACTLY it gets immune system to produce anti-microbial peptides to fight virus.

      What a retard.

      August 19, 2011 at 11:26 | Report abuse |
    • Lou

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      August 19, 2011 at 11:28 | Report abuse |
    • Lou

      Tom, you lose. What a trolling retard.

      August 19, 2011 at 11:29 | Report abuse |
  21. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    And here you have it. Someone who claims to have scientific proof of some claim, yet when challenged, gets mad. Why would Lou be so furious? Because his business depends on convincing people that Vitamin D is a cure-all for everything from acne to cancer.

    Why don't you tell us who you work for, Lou?

    August 19, 2011 at 11:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yeah, that's what I expected. Crickets chirping. That's exactly what happens every time Lou is asked to provide information about his source of income and how it relates to his promotion of Vitamin D as a cure-all.

      August 19, 2011 at 22:22 | Report abuse |
  22. Mark

    The flu vaccine is unnecessary. It's bogus and poisonous.

    August 19, 2011 at 12:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      More baloney. Prove your claims.

      August 19, 2011 at 12:26 | Report abuse |
  23. Sarah

    Here is the list of adverse reactions caused by the flu vaccine, you can read this in the package insert. Sounds like to me someone injected a poison into their body not something that will help them. Things that help you dont cause your body these types of symptoms.

    Blood and Lymphatic System Disorders: Lymphadenopathy.
    Cardiac Disorders: Tachycardia.
    Ear and Labyrinth Disorders: Vertigo.
    Eye Disorders: Conjunctivitis, eye irritation, eye pain, eye redness, eye swelling, eyelid swelling.
    Gastrointestinal Disorders: Abdominal pain or discomfort, nausea, swelling of the mouth, throat, and/or tongue.
    General Disorders and Administration Site Conditions: Asthenia, chest pain, chills, feeling hot, injection site mass, injection site reaction, injection site warmth, body aches.
    Immune System Disorders: Anaphylactic reaction including shock, anaphylactoid reaction, hypersensitivity, serum sickness.
    Infections and Infestations: Injection site abscess, injection site cellulitis, pharyngitis, rhinitis, tonsillitis.
    Musculoskeletal and Connective Tissue Disorders: Pain in extremity.
    Nervous System Disorders: Convulsion, dizziness, encephalomyelitis, facial palsy, facial paresis, Guillain-Barré syndrome, hypoesthesia, myelitis, neuritis, neuropathy, paresthesia.
    Respiratory, Thoracic, and Mediastinal Disorders: Asthma, bronchospasm, cough, dyspnea, respiratory distress, stridor.
    Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders: Angioedema, erythema, erythema multiforme, facial swelling, pruritus, rash, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, urticaria.
    Vascular Disorders: Henoch-Schönlein purpura, vasculitis.

    August 19, 2011 at 13:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      There are risks in every medical procedure. The risks of any of these adverse effects does not outweigh the benefits of getting vaccinated.

      August 19, 2011 at 13:58 | Report abuse |
  24. Sarah

    According to the CDC’s own website they claim the flu vaccine saves lives, here is evidence to the contrary. Again this information can be verified on the CDC’s own website.
    In the history of flu vaccines, there were two years in which the formulated flu vaccine was a total mismatch to the widely-circulating influenza that made people sick. These years were 1968 and 1997. In both of these years, the vaccine was a completely mismatch for the circulating virus. In effect, nobody was vaccinated! [Knowing this, if the vaccine itself was effective at reducing death rates, then we should have once again seen a huge spike in the death rates during these two years, right? Seriously, if the vaccine reduces death rates by 50% as is claimed by vaccine manufacturers, then these two years in which the vaccine completely missed the mark should have seen huge spikes in the winter death rates, right? But what really happened was… nothing. Not a blip. Not a spike. Nothing. The death rates didn’t rise at all. If vaccines really worked to save lives, then the more people you vaccinate, the lower death rates you should see, right? But that’s not the case. Back in 1989, only 15 percent of over-65 people got vaccinated against the flu. But today, thanks to the big vaccine push, over 65 percent are vaccinated. And yet, amazingly, death rates among the elderly have not gone down during the flu season. In fact, they’ve gone up!

    August 19, 2011 at 13:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You are assuming facts not in evidence. Is the flu equally deadly every year? No, it is not. There are many years in which the flu is relatively mild and fewer people die anyway.

      August 19, 2011 at 14:03 | Report abuse |
  25. Sarah

    And lastly this is taken right from the Flulaval vaccine insert. Read it carefully it says "there have been no controlled trials demonstrating a decrease in influenza disease after vaccination with FLULAVAL." This means they don't even know if it works..........

    —————————-INDICATIONS AND USAGE———————
    • FLULAVAL is an inactivated influenza virus vaccine indicated for active immunization of adults 18 years of age and older against influenza disease caused by influenza virus subtypes A and type B contained in the vaccine. (1)
    • This indication is based on immune response elicited by FLULAVAL, and there have been no controlled trials demonstrating a decrease in influenza disease after vaccination with FLULAVAL. (14)

    August 19, 2011 at 13:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      That is because to do a controlled trial, there would have to be a control group that would receive only a placebo or no vaccine at all against the flu. That would be unethical, because it would expose people to a preventable disease that could kill them.

      August 19, 2011 at 13:56 | Report abuse |
  26. Sarah

    Right, how convenient of an answer....Funny though this happens all the time in surgery's. For example there are always new surgical techniques and devices and yet for a study they perform current standard procedures on one set of patients and then all the new untested techniques on another set of patients, even though this is putting the patients life in jeopardy. Sorry but the vaccine industry answer on that one doesn't hold water.

    August 19, 2011 at 14:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I don't work for the "vaccine industry". I also know that comparing "surgery's (sic) to vaccines is not a valid comparison.

      August 19, 2011 at 14:52 | Report abuse |
  27. Joanna

    It's a very valid comparison. One surgical method tested and very positive outcomes, another method never tested could cause death. The people undergoing the new surgical techniques have to sign a waiver. I would say that is putting those people at great risk but they do it so they know if it really works. Say what you want but they will never be able to prove vaccines work.

    August 19, 2011 at 20:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Say what you want, but they already have.

      August 19, 2011 at 21:18 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, and do tell me how you learned English, Joanna. Because it's obviously not your first language.

      August 19, 2011 at 21:38 | Report abuse |
  28. rosehaynes

    I got my flu vaccine shot yesterday. http://bit.ly/nIoUBG

    August 21, 2011 at 05:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. johnson

    The "Spanish" Flu DIDN'T exist: it actually started in western Kansas, USA. The reason that it is called the Spanish Flu is because Spain was one of the few countries that did not censor the flu facts like the USA did under the Patriotic Dictatorship of the Wilson Administration.

    Since the “new” Flu shot contains the same things last year’s did, then if you got the one last year, is there any point in getting the same one again this year?

    August 22, 2011 at 08:10 | Report abuse | Reply
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