Flu shots less effective this year, health experts say

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Ninevah Dinha welcomed a member of the Salt Lake County Health department to the FOX 13 studio Monday to discuss what's different about this year's flu season.

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  • Matt

    Man, am I ever grateful for my doctor. He only gives flu shots to those that ask for them. The last time I had the flu I took the shot from a different doctor over 15-years ago. Funny thing…haven’t had the flu since I changed doctors and that last flu shot. My doctor also warns against children getting certain vaccinations as he feels there is a connection to autism and those drugs. My doctor is excellent!

    • Mark Ira Kaufman

      A decade ago most researchers agreed that we needed to study vaccines in relation to autism. We had to reconcile the fact that the number of vaccines children were receiving was increasing, and at the same time, the number of children who were being diagnosed with autism also was on the rise.

      Fortunately this was a question that could be studied – and answered – by science.

      There was NO DIFFERENCE in their neurological outcomes. Multiple studies have been completed which investigated the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination in relation to autism. Researchers have also studied thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative, to see if it had any relation to autism. The results of studies are very clear; the data show NO RELATIONSHIP between vaccines and autism.

      Because the MMR vaccine is first given at age 12-15 months, and the first signs of autism often appear at 15-18 months of age, concerns have been raised about a possible link between the vaccine and the development of autism. Studies conducted in the US and Europe have found no association between the MMR vaccine and autism. Over the years, the Institute of Medicine and the AAP have organized several panels of independent scientists – all concluded that there is no association between MMR and autism.

      Andrew Wakefield’s study in The Lancet in 1998 began the concern about MMR and autism. Since the study was published, 10 of the 13 authors have retracted the findings. In 2010, The Lancet retracted the study, citing ethical misconduct on the part of Wakefield. Journalist Brian Deer has written several articles published in the British Medical Journal, describing the ways that Wakefield’s study was inaccurate.

      The damage caused by Wakefield’s fraud has been immense. Children have DIED because of this canard. (See http://www.vaccinateyourbaby.org/why/victims.cfm)

      Your doctor should know better.

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