Flu Vaccine Update!

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Posted on 15th October 2009 by admin in Health Alerts

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One of the most disturbing news items about the flu vaccine this Fall is the sad story about a woman in Washington D.C. who became very ill soon after receiving this year’s seasonal flu shot. Read this article from NBC in Washington and be sure to watch the video interview with Desiree Jennings and her husband.

Other news concerning the flu vaccine comes to us from Canada. Helen Braswell, Health Journalist for The Canadian Press, wrote:

“Unpublished Canadian data are raising concerns about whether it’s a good idea to get a seasonal flu shot this season.

Drawn from a series of studies from British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario, the data appear to suggest that people who got a seasonal flu shot last year are about twice as likely to catch swine flu as people who didn’t.

A scientific paper has been submitted to a journal and the lead authors – Dr. Danuta Skowronski of the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and Dr. Gaston De Serres of Laval University – won’t speak to the media. Journals bar would-be authors from discussing their results publicly before they go through peer review.

While few people appear to have actually seen or read the study, the puzzling findings have been a poorly kept secret and many in the public health community in Canada have heard about them.”

You can read the entire article at this website.

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