The Numbers Are In and This Year's Flu Vaccine Is a Huge Bust

The numbers are coming in for the flu vaccine this year and the results aren’t pretty. According to CNN, the vaccine is only 36 percent effective. Vaccine apologists point to certain statistical subsets that may have a better chance of protection, but there is little doubt that once again the annual vaccine is a comprehensive failure

I’ve done countless articles on the failings of the flu shot and the antivirals, including the fact that research suggests getting an annual flu shot may be ill advised for long-term health. Recent studies show that, with each successive annual flu vaccination, the protection afforded by the vaccine appears to diminish. It may also increase your risk of contracting more serious influenza infections.

You can fight flu and other respiratory infections by optimizing your vitamin D levels — in fact, one double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study (the “gold standard” of studies) showed that taking 1,200 IUs of vitamin D3 a day was nearly twice as effective as a flu shot. Avoiding sugar and processed foods, getting plenty of rest, addressing your stress, engaging in regular exercise, taking an animal-based omega-3 such as that found in krill oil and washing your hands are also helpful.

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