This year’s flu shot marketing push is like nothing we’ve ever experienced. With more and more people seeing through the silliness that is flu shots, which is decreasing the number of people taking the injection, pharmaceutical companies and the CDC are pushing harder than ever to get people in to take flu shots. Heck, you can even use a drive-thru for flu shots, as if you were getting an Egg McMuffin or Latte’.
Two new studies are showing that the flu shot isn’t very effective in people taking statins (obviously, we don’t believe in flu shots at all, but for the sake of the story). If a vaccine doesn’t work with statins, then really, it loses an enormous demographic. 40 percent of people over the age of 65 are taking statins.
According to UPI.com
While the results of the two studies, both of which are published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, show decreasing effectiveness of flu vaccine in patients being treated with statins and are cause for concern, researchers do not suggest a change in treatment for anybody.
Translation: Flu shots don’t work for this demographic. Continue taking the flu shot. How is that even possible to write and push out to the Internet without feeling like a complete heal? Their justification of this is that this study should simply prompt MORE studies. “Instead, the results of these studies should be viewed as hypothesis-generating and should prompt further investigations into whether statins reduce inactivated influenza vaccine immunogenicity [the ability to produce an antibody] and, if so, the mechanisms by which immune responses and associated vaccine effectiveness are adversely affected,” wrote the authors of a commentary published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.
Part of the reason for this this “failure” is that statins have an anti-inflammatory effect. If a statin is in your system when you get a flu shot, you are less likely to produce the antibody that ostensibly keeps you from getting the flu. Doctors won’t know this, and will probably continue to push flu shots on everyone. The desperation of pharma and the CDC shines on, but too many people – and physicians – have their shades on.
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