Flu Vaccine

I was reading an opinion in the New York Times supporting the flu vaccine and providing reasons everyone should get one. The article did provide links to studies the author mentioned. I sometimes like to check out these sources before making judgments. Interestingly, I was reading the abstract from one of the studies, a Cochrane Review and came across this quote:

“This review includes trials funded by industry. An earlier systematic review of 274 influenza vaccine studies published up to 2007 found industry-funded studies were published in more prestigious journals and cited more than other studies independently from methodological quality and size. Studies funded from public sources were significantly less likely to report conclusions favourable to the vaccines. The review showed that reliable evidence on influenza vaccines is thin but there is evidence of widespread manipulation of conclusions and spurious notoriety of the studies. The content and conclusions of this review should be interpreted in the light of this finding.”

This is significant. We see this with all kinds of drugs. Unfortunately, the writer of the article failed to mention this statement when urging you to get your flu vaccine.

Statin drugs, anyone? More tomfoolery from the drug companies. Sure would be nice if they would let us see their raw data…why hide it? Exactly.

Beware my friends.


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