Medical Science: COVID-19 - What about Flu Shots?

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Doctors and public health authorities are still pushing flu shots, fearing a "twindemic," but should you pause for thought? Some quip that COVID-19 is a great killer, having wiped out deaths from influenza, heart disease, and cancer.

Deaths that are somehow "associated with" COVID, as with a positive PCR test within a certain time period, are attributed to COVID without definitive proof. They might, however, result from COVID-caused blood clots.


Beltway Insider: Biden Inauguration, Economic Plan, Impeachment, COVID, US SD/China, Phil Spector


Death rates from influenza have declined to close to zero, as the graphic below shows—the "flu season that wasn't." Does coronavirus "shut the flu out"?

Might the flu shot provide some cross-protection from COVID, while you are awaiting your COVID shot? It may provide some protection against some other diseases. But one study found a 65 percent increased risk of non-flu acute respiratory illness within 14 days of receiving the flu vaccine, due to rhinovirus, enterovirus, respiratory syncytial virus, and coronaviruses. A randomized placebo-controlled trial in children showed that flu shots increased fivefold the risk of acute respiratory infections caused by a group of noninfluenza viruses, including coronaviruses.

In a study of Department of Defense personnel, influenza vaccination had a protective effect against some respiratory viruses—but a 36 percent increased risk of coronavirus.


Medical Science: COVID-19 - Outrunning the Virus


While correlation does not prove causality, it can provide clues. In Europe, the rate of COVID-19 deaths per million increased with influenza vaccination rates, as the second figure shows. In nursing homes, where nearly half the COVID-19 deaths have occurred, influenza vaccination is likely to be nearly universal, making a comparison between vaccinated and nonvaccinated persons impossible.

Is vaccination your only shield against influenza (except possibly for early Tamiflu)? There is evidence that hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) might help patients with severe influenza, but appropriate research has not been done—perhaps because of $69 billion in annual vaccine profits.

Influenza vaccine may help, or it may hurt your chances, but there is plenty of evidence that early treatment of COVID does help, and the worldwide death toll from denying early treatment has passed 1.2 million according to some scientists' estimate.


Medical Science: Medicine In Turbulent Times


        For further information, see:

·         A Home-Based Guide to COVID Treatment

·         c19protocols.com.

        If you would like to discuss these issues, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Influenza (Grippe) Statistics according to World Health Organization

COVID death rate versus influenza immunization rate in 26 European countries  


Medical Science: Got My Shot, Can I Go Out Now?


 

Jane M. Orient, M.D. obtained her undergraduate degrees in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and her M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1974. She completed an internal medicine residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital and University of Arizona Affiliated Hospitals and then became an Instructor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and a staff physician at the Tucson Veterans Administration Hospital. She has been in solo private practice since 1981 and has served as Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) since 1989.

She is currently president of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness. She is the author of YOUR Doctor Is Not In: Healthy Skepticism about National Healthcare, and the second through fifth editions of Sapira's Art and Science of Bedside Diagnosis published by Wolters Kluwer. She authored books for school children, Professor Klugimkopf's Old-Fashioned English Grammar and Professor Klugimkopf's Spelling Method, published by Robinson Books, and coauthored two novels published as Kindle books, Neomorts and Moonshine. 

More than 100 of her papers have been published in the scientific and popular literature on a variety of subjects including risk assessment, natural and technological hazards and non-hazards, and medical economics and ethics. She is the editor of AAPS News, the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness Newsletter, and Civil Defense Perspectives, and is the managing editor of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.

Haute Tease

  • Beltway Insider: Trump Talks 2020; Mueller Pushes Onward to Jared, Ivanka; Hicks Out; Syria’s Civil War; Nor’Easter

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Donald Trump, still stinging from his multiple first year missteps and a continuing collusion investigation, officially announced his intent to seek a second term for the Office of the President for the United States.

     
  • Money News: New Home Sales Continue Upward Trend

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced sales of new single family houses in August 2015 were recorded at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 552,000 units. This represents an increase of 5.75% from the July 2015 annualized rate of 522,000 and an increase of 18.45% from the June 2015 rate of 466,000.  

  • BOULEVARD Review – Robin Williams Gives a Master Class, Memorable, Honest Performance

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    BOULEVARD, from Starz Digital and Camellia Entertainment, brings to the screen a powerful moving life drama that resonates of living truthfully and is delivered with reserved unforgettable force taking the audience on a personal journey of self-discovery.

     
  • Paris Fashion: Aleem Yusuf Bridal Collection – Magnificent, Breathtaking, Gorgeous

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Dancing in the sunlight she is exploring new paths that life is opening for her. Intrigued and mesmerized she is moving forward, navigating the challenges. She continues the journey towards her destiny.  Then she realizes, she is her destiny.

     
  • Dining In Tips From Chef Blakely Trettenero the Perfect (and Simple) Gourmet Dinner Guaranteed To Impress (Recipes)

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    It sounds so dreamy, doesn’t it – going out for a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day? Except it doesn’t always turn out that way. All too often the restaurant is crowded, the servers cranky and the “exclusive” prix fixe menu is limited and expensive.

     
  • Gifts Guaranteed to Please a Trend-Loving Teen

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Let’s be honest, today’s trend-focused teens can be hard to please. Sure, well-intended gifters can play it safe and go the gift card route but, in addition to these cards being decidedly boring to receive, they’re also easily lost and often forgotten.

     
  • US Markets Stay Strong; DOW Continues Climb; World Markets Shaky

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Dow Jones Industrial continued its upward trend throughout the recent week beginning slightly above 17,000 where it continued to rise from throughout the week, holding, the DOW never looked back closing strong setting a new record.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Trump’s Free Spending WH; Monarchy Frenzy; Macron Wins; Boko Girls; Always Dreaming

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Donald Trump has made his position clear on Global Warming and Climate Change, the preservation of lands and designations of federal protection of land mass over the past two decades are now under consideration for reversal.

     
  • Op/Ed: Do You Trust The Experts - This Expert says Don’t Trust the Experts

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Throughout this pandemic many say ignore the politicians in favor of "the experts." Nobody has more respect for science than I, but, though I am no fan of politicians either, I must report a bit of ambivalence about that advice.

     
  • River Memories of Summertime Past

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The rushing of fresh water rolling over the romantic rocks of my childhood comes flooding back to me as the lazy days of summertime past fill my memories.

     
  • The Other Side of The Door - Rock Solid, A Mind Bending Thriller

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Other Side of The Door, from 20th Century Fox International Pictures, 42 and Kriti Productions, presents a plausible storyline set in Mumbai, with all its mystical beliefs, leading to a wild, heightened suspense, psychological mind bending thriller.

     
  • Extreme Cold Arrives Early for Most of the Nation

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A Polar Vortex, fueled by the remnant of Super Typhoon Nuri, a bomb cyclone, is pushing deeply frigid air into the lower forty-eight as far south as Tennessee with mid-westerners experiencing some of the coldest pre-thanksgiving temperatures in recent history.

     
  • Advocates Launch Campaign On Inauguration Day To Impeach President Donald Trump

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Impeach Donald Trump Now, a non-partisan campaign led by Free Speech For People and RootsAction.org, launched on Inauguration Day with a petition calling on the U.S. Congress to initiate an impeachment investigation into President Trump.

     
  • Epicurean Delights Ushers In American Cheese Month with Award Winning Cheddars and Recipes

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Face Rock Creamery, which makes handcrafted cheese of great character, offers a savory seasonal trio of cheese recipes perfect for tailgating and Halloween entertaining. Each recipe uses Vampire Slayer, an award winning garlic-infused cheddar that will please adventurous palates. 

     
  • Dr. Christopher Calapai Offers Pre-Drinking Prep and Holiday Hangover Tips

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Ouch! The headaches of Holiday Cheer. As we enter the intense season for over-indulgence. Free flowing holiday parties, open bars, celebrations galore, Dr. Christopher Calapai offers a few tips for the room spinning, did I really do that, hangover.