Interview with Epidemiologist Tom Jefferson: ‘A Whole Industry Is Waiting For A Pandemic’ – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International

Interview with Epidemiologist Tom Jefferson: ‘A Whole Industry Is Waiting For A Pandemic’ – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International. As Flu season approaches, and people are bombarded with media campaigns urging them to get vaccinated for flu, read this interview with the world’s leading influenza vaccine expert. Jefferson’s concern over industry’s, government’s and the media’s preoccupation with influenza and the allocation of scarce health care resources devoted to flu vaccination enlightens readers to simple and effective ways to stay healthy and the need to avoid fear-mongering.

As the number of flu vaccines administered has increased 6-fold or more in the last six years, no corresponding drop has been seen in the number of people visiting emergency rooms with flu symptoms. Flu vaccine efficacy is a misleading measure of whether or not the vaccine is effective. Efficacy measures the body’s immune response to the vaccine; effectiveness is measured by whether there is a drop in rates of illness for that particular disease. Getting vaccinated with a vaccine which contains strains that are not circulating will not reduce the chances of becoming ill with other strains, especially with flu-like viruses that are not included in the vaccine, but which may mimic symptoms of flu.

The National Vaccine Information Center http://www.NVIC.org provides information for consumers about influenza vaccines. Visit the Vaccine Calculator to view ingredients and compare vaccine preparations.

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