by J. D. Heyes, Natural News:
It’s bad enough that annual flu vaccines are often ineffective, but now we learn that the more popular, needle-free “FluMist” influenza vaccine has not provided protection for kids or adults for several years, and therefore should not be used in the coming flu season, say experts.
As reported by NBC News, the recommendation to forego the FluMist vaccine may also leave doctors short of vaccine altogether, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (not a bad thing, we believe).
“Nasal spray flu vaccine accounts for about one-third of all flu vaccines given to children,” CDC said in a statement.
Flu vaccines are already among some of the most ineffective of all vaccines, simply because it is impossible to make a flu vaccine that matches circulating strains of influenza for the season, because they can, and often do, change every year.
Only 3 percent effective
FluMist utilizes live, but weakened, flu strains to stimulate the body’s immune system. It is sprayed directly up the nose. In some seasons it had been reported that it was much more effective than the flu vaccine given via syringe.
Not so, apparently. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices examined data from the past couple of flu seasons and discovered that FluMist has not worked much at all. The CDC said that the spray was only about 3 percent effective during the most recent flu season.
“This 3 percent estimate means no protective benefit could be measured,” the CDC said, adding that the agency was not sure why the spray was not effective.
“In comparison, inactivated influenza vaccine (flu shots) had a vaccine effectiveness estimate of 63 percent against any flu virus among children 2 years through 17 years,” the CDC said – which is still not a great percentage.
As you might expect, the FluMist maker, MedImmune – owned by AstraZeneca – disputed the CDC’s findings.
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