Cleveland Clinic Doctor Warns: Stay Away From High-Dose Flu Shot
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 2:01 PM
By Charlotte Libov
With flu season striking hard this winter, a new extra-strength vaccine is being marketed for older people, but the high-dose shot is causing concern among doctors, a top infectious disease specialist says.
The new vaccine, called “Fluzone High Dose Vaccine,” has four times the strength of the regular vaccine. However, there is no evidence it protects any better and it could cause more side effects, says Giorgio Tarchini, M.D., of Cleveland Clinic.
“You would think that with four times the antigens, the vaccine would offer four times the protection, but there is no evidence that it does,” said Dr. Tarchini. “I am concerned about that, and so are other doctors I’ve spoken with.”
The new vaccine, marketed for people 65 and over, is designed to offer additional protection and create a stronger immune response.
“The problem is that we don’t have the results yet to prove the stronger vaccine offers better protection,” Dr. Tarchini said. There is an ongoing study that will determine whether or not this is the case, but those results are not expected until 2014-15.
In the meantime, Dr. Tarchini is concerned that the stronger vaccine is more likely to produce side effects, which include redness and swelling at the injection site and headache, muscle aches, and fever.
“These are not serious side effects, but my concern is that someone whose arm hurts a lot or swells up after the flu shot will use this as a reason not to get a flu shot next year, and then they will be unprotected,” he said.
The U.S. government’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which oversees the nation’s vaccine practices, is holding off on recommending the high-dose vaccine until its effectiveness is demonstrated. “They are waiting for the proof that this vaccine is more effective. I am as well, and, if that proof comes, I may change my mind,” said Dr. Tarchini.
The current flu season arrived early in many parts of the country and it has hit hard, causing many experts to predict that this will be a bad winter for the disease. Experts say the current flu shot is well matched to the strains now causing sickness.
In addition to vaccination, here are the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s recommended steps to avoid the flu and to avoid spreading it:
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Try to avoid contact with sick people.
• If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
• While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
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Yesterday, they were advising people to get a 2nd flu shot. This was Fox News saying this.
I would not do it; I got one flu shot late Sept. and so far, I am fine.
If you are a senior, 2 is crazy. These shots are strong and a regular dose is what it should be .. not doubling up on it.
Why would anyone get a second dose? I don't trust this. Could it be that they made too much vaccine and Fox and other media that get major cash from advertising from big pharma are shilling for them?......... I know. I might be just being paranoid, but..............
Then in a few years we will find out that more people who get "flu shots" get the flu than those who don't have a "flu shot.", like we now know that 90+% of those who got mumps during the '09 breakout had been vaccinated for.... wait for it..... MUMPS.
I just thank the stars that I am not a youngster or a new mom living in the USSA and being FORCED (under pain of having your baby STOLEN from you by the state - YES it's happened!) to inject my baby with poisons. Until the vaccination bullshyt is "fixed" I will discourage my sons from having babies - at least not in the USSA where children are "REQUIRED" to have nearly THIRTY (30) dangerous "vaccinations" ........ that must change.
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