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No anti-vaxxer but for 49th consecutive year, no flu shot — vaccines have better than 40% success

… I took all the childhood vaccines, this is not a vaccine

As I wrote earlier this year, I do not consider the flu shot to be a vaccine. For 48 consecutive years, I have not taken the flu shot, and for 48 years, I have not contracted the flu.

Here is part of what I had written in June which only I can see today,

Success of vaccines today is tremendous

While some “anti-vaxxers” spread misinformation about the dangers of vaccines, in my reading, I discovered that they are very effective. According to some studies, childhood vaccines are effective between 96 and 99 percent of the time.

The World Health Organization says this about vaccines,

To make vaccines safer than the disease, the bacteria or virus is killed or weakened (attenuated). For reasons related to the individual, not all vaccinated persons develop immunity. Most routine childhood vaccines are effective for 85% to 95% of recipients.

… even with vaccines such as measles, which we know to be about 98% effective when used as recommended.

“Six common misconceptions about immunization,” Global

Vaccine Safety, World Health Organization, 2020

So, if vaccines are effective at least 85 percent of the time, and 98 percent for children, why trust a vaccine that is effective just 50 percent of the time?

Hugh Brady Conrad, Blogspot

The flu “vaccine”

The flu shots are only half as successful as vaccines are,


I was recently advised to learn more about vaccines, particularly. This was good advice. Not being a science guy, I did so. I read about the polio vaccine and other ones like that used for measles.

That, however, brings me to the flu “vaccine.” Here is the disturbing aspect of the flu shot, that I refuse to consider a vaccine because of the low success numbers,

CDC conducts studies each year to determine how well the influenza (flu) vaccine protects against flu illness. While vaccine effectiveness (VE) can vary, recent studies show that flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness by between 40% and 60% among the overall population during seasons when most circulating flu viruses are well-matched to the flu vaccine. In general, current flu vaccines tend to work better against influenza B and influenza A(H1N1) viruses and offer lower protection against influenza A(H3N2) viruses

“How effective is the flu vaccine?” Centers for Disease Control [CDC], 2020

So, this is a vaccine, but is successful about half as often as the other vaccines?

Hugh Brady Conrad, Blogspot

Had the flu once — after taking a shot

Yes, the experts say that this is impossible, but I am here to tell you that I had the flu one time in my life after I was required to take one because of my job in a federal prison camp,

I had the flu once — after a flu shot — though they say that is impossible

I wrote about this previously. I had the flu once in my adult life, and that occurred after I was forced to have a flu shot by the federal government. I was working for the federal prison system, and after taking that shot, I came down with influenza and was brutally ill for more than a week.

I went to a doctor who tested me immediately and told me that I had influenza, and I told him that I had just been given a flu shot. He said that it was unlikely to come from the shot, but I argued with him, “Then where did it come from?”

He was right according to the science, but since then, 48 years later, I have never had a flu shot and never had the flu. Why should I take it then?

Many people will say, “I did not get the flu because I took the flu shot.” When I ask for a cause-effect research on that, it cannot be proven.

Now, I am in good health, take no pharmaceuticals, and really am not in a situation where I need that shot.

Perhaps I may regret it later — and I may change my mind if I fall into ill health. For now, no more flu shots — aiming for 50.

And so, I strongly believe in vaccines, but one that works only 40 to 60 percent of the time does not inspire confidence in me.

Hugh Brady Conrad at Blogspot

Case Closed

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