According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this year’s flu vaccine is 60% “effective.” But what exactly does the CDC mean by vaccine effectiveness? Essentially, what the CDC is talking about is a vaccine’s “ability to prevent” an illness or a disease. More specifically:
Effectiveness represents the percentage reduction in the frequency of influenza infections among people vaccinated compared with the frequency among those who were not vaccinated, assuming that the vaccine is the cause of this reduction.
When the CDC gives a certain percentage for influenza vaccine effectiveness, such as the 60% figure, or last year’s 18% figure, the estimate “represents the reduction in risk provided by the flu vaccine.” According to the CDC, its vaccine effectiveness studies “commonly measure laboratory confirmed flu illness that results in a doctor’s visit or urgent care visit as an outcome.” Thus, a vaccine effectiveness estimate of 60% means that the flu vaccine “reduces a person’s risk of developing flu illness that results in a visit to the doctor’s office or urgent care provider” by 60%.
Note here the words “flu illness.” In its “guesstimates” for the number of people who have come down with influenza in past years, the CDC has taken the liberty of including those hospitalized “not just with influenza but also with pneumonia, respiratory and circulatory illnesses—which they counted as probably associated with influenza.”
This obviously tends to distort the picture from the outset. But even if the flu shot were 60% “effective,” so what? Sixty percent is laughable, pitiful. When in the world has a 60% grade been worth cheering about?
… particularly when you consider the trade-off of injecting your body with all sorts of DNA from animals and bugs, Aluminum, Mercury, Formaldehyde, Egg Protein, Gelatin, Octoxinol-9 (Triton X-100), MSG, Sucrose Phosphate Glutamate Buffer, Polysorbate 80, and Sodium Deoxycholate, along with countless other unfiltered contaminants.
The cost-benefit analysis stinks from every angle. It’s no wonder drugstores and supermarkets are constantly trying to unload their supplies of flu vaccine by offering them for FREE.