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Now There's Fake Flu Vaccines To Worry About...

Federal authorities arrested a doctor who owns a home health care company in southeast Houston last weekend for playing a pre-Halloween trick on as many as 1,000 Exxon Mobile employees, 80 contractors and at least 14 nursing home residents: Inoculating them with purified water instead of flu vaccine, in hopes of defrauding Medicare, more reason than ever to stay away from them.

A sharp contract nurse, hired for the day to administer vaccines by the doctor, became suspicious when she discovered one of the doctor's employees had been up the night before filling syringes with what we now know is water and was unfamiliar with lot numbers used to identify vaccines.

According to government officials, patients given these fake vaccines haven't been harmed yet, and without thimerosal in them, that's one less thing to worry about.

Meantime, if you want to protect your family from the flu without a vaccine, I urge you to read a piece I posted last spring about the many ways you can optimize your immune system naturally.

Houston Chronicle October 28, 2005

SeniorJournal.com October 31, 2005

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