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Is There a Universal Flu Vaccine in our Future?

By Christine Vara

These past few weeks, there has been a great deal of conversation within this blog and on our Vaccinate Your Baby Facebook page regarding the seasonal influenza vaccine.

Some critics complain that the flu vaccine only protects against certain strains of the flu and so there is no guarantee that the vaccine will prevent them from getting sick.  These concerns are valid.  Since it takes time to produce the vaccines, production must begin before the actual flu season starts.  Scientists have to make educated predictions regarding the various flu viruses they expect will be circulating the following year.  

“What if the predictions are not accurate?” is a common question.  “I can get vaccinated only to end up with a strain of the virus not covered by the vaccine?” 

 Fortuantely, the flu viruses seen so far this year are included in the seasonal vaccine, thereby protecting those who have been vaccinated.   Health Department Epidemiology Nurse Margaret Zylstra explains, “There are three flu strains that are actually circulating nationwide and are causing some illness already in certain areas of the country.”  Zylstra adds, “The strains that are causing illness this year are the strains that are covered by the vaccine this year. So it’s a very good match.”

However, other parents complain about the inconvience of bringing their children in to get a shot, and even consider the cost of the doctor visit to administer the shot to be rather prohibitive to a large family.  One parent specifically addressed this concern by stating, “It’s just not worth it to me for what my insurance makes me pay.” 

So what if there was a flu vaccine that covered all known flu viruses and provided protection for several years?  Could this possibly increase flu vaccination rates? Can it reduce the hospitalizations and death from flu each year?

Well, researchers currently working on the universal flu vaccine say that yearly flu shots will become a thing of the past if a new vaccine currently undergoing human trials proves successful.

According to a recent report from Voice of America News, scientists say “a universal vaccine will not rely on growing viruses in eggs. They will produce it by using the genetic sequencing of the flu, so it will be available faster, fewer people will get sick and die and it will be much cheaper than producing a new flu vaccine every year”.

That sounds promising to me.  But what are your thoughts regarding a universal flu vaccine?  Do you think it will help increase vaccination rates,  or will is just make it easier and more effective for those who already get vaccinated.  More importantly, can it  reduce the number of deaths caused by the flu each year? 

Stay tuned to the wonderful world of science and research for these answers and more immunization developments.

  1. December 14, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Christine Vara,

    How much money do you receive directly or indirectly from the Vaccine makers to push this propaganda? Either you are a propaganda prostitute or you are simply ignorant.


  2. christinevara
    December 14, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    To the person behing Global Political Awakening (since you choose not to identify yourself by name),
    Your own blog states, “It is the hope of this web page to enlighten and inform you as well as assist you in your research in your quest of the truth.” If this is true, than are missions are very similar. I seek to share information, just as you do. Enlighten and inform.

    However, we are extremely different in one critical manner. I do not trash your blog daily, call you a prostitute or imply that you are ignorant.


  3. Chris
    December 14, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    I believe his name is “Mark.” Much of the same stuff was posted earlier, and there were similar posts by a “Mark” on a another blog where his pseudo-arguments were dismantled. His behavior on this blog indicates he is not interested in a discussion, since he has not answered my question on the educational background of Eileen Dannemann (by the way a discussion her work today is at H1N1 Vaccine and Miscarriages – More Fear Mongering).


  4. Heather White
    December 14, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Our family will take a pass regardless. Here is a 2010 PubMed article from The Cochrane Collaboration regarding the flu vaccine:

    “Influenza vaccines have a modest effect in reducing influenza symptoms and working days lost. There is no evidence that they affect complications, such as pneumonia, or transmission.WARNING: This review includes 15 out of 36 trials funded by industry (four had no funding declaration). An earlier systematic review of 274 influenza vaccine studies published up to 2007 found industry funded studies were published in more prestigious journals and cited more than other studies independently from methodological quality and size. Studies funded from public sources were significantly less likely to report conclusions favorable to the vaccines. The review showed that reliable evidence on influenza vaccines is thin but there is evidence of widespread manipulation of conclusions and spurious notoriety of the studies. The content and conclusions of this review should be interpreted in light of this finding.”


    Also, the only thing that changes the thimerosal containing flu vaccine to D009 hazardous waste is an expiration date.


    I would have linked to our governments pages regarding expired thimerosal continuing vaccines/D900 hazardous waste but all their files have moved or have been wiped. (interesting)

    I did find this document from the Illinois Department of Public Health.


    Also, I find the safety studies and trials regarding the flu vaccine unsatisfactory. It will be interesting to see how they cooked up this new recipe and how it marketed. Regardless our family has lost all faith in the US regulatory agencies and pharmaceutical industries.


  5. January 1, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    My name is not a secret. My name is Mark Daniels. I am a a political activist and blogger who fights daily against propaganda and ignorance. You do not seek to enlighten anyone; you simply promote the vaccine makers’ propaganda. My statements of fact are here for anyone to discuss or refute. If you would do some research about vaccines, you will find that many of them are dangerous to humans. We cannot trust that any of them are safe since the vaccine makers have betrayed our trust by poisoning people around the world causing miscarriages (forced abortions) and infertility (forced sterilization), and neurological damage. As long as you choose to promote vaccines without addressing these concerns, you are willfully misleading others; therefore, you are no longer ignorant of the facts; you are a propaganda prostitute.


  6. January 1, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    My name is Mark Daniels but I am not the same Mark you referenced in your comments about the other blog. Simply a coincidence that we share the same name.


  7. January 1, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Concerning the article you reference: just more of the same propaganda!


  8. January 1, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Thank you, Heather! You are apparently a more enlightened member of our species. I appreciate you taking the time to share information which sheds light on a very dark subject. The vaccine makers (eugenicists) will stop at nothing to cull the population all the while claiming benevolent intentions. Shame on them and shame on Shot of Prevention for misleading others.


  9. Chris
    January 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Yet you post the same crazy. Conspiracy theories are not the same as science, and posting multiple times with the same stuff and refusing to engage in a discussion by arbitrarily declaring any and all statements you disagree with makes you worthy of being ignored.


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