by David Gutierrez, Natural News:
As flu season approaches, the U.S. media have been filling up with stories claiming that the flu is far more dangerous than Ebola, and urging people to stop worrying about Ebola and just get flu shots instead. These stories have been repeating the common misinformation that the flu kills thousands or even tens of thousands of people nationally each year.
But the truth is that very few people die from the flu. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) deliberately manipulates the numbers of flu deaths in order to convince people that they need to protect themselves against a deadly disease by getting vaccinated.
How deadly is influenza?
One story comparing Ebola and the flu extensively quoted Virginia Caine, an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Indiana University School of Medicine. “It’s amazing because influenza we know can cause anywhere from 3,000 to 49,000 deaths a year, depending on the severity of the strain,” Caine said.
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