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Does the Pneumococcal Vaccine Work?
The CDC, hospitals and doctor’s offices around the country are intent on pushing the pneumococcal vaccine as a safe and effective way to reduce the burden of pneumonia on society. It’s touted as being especially important for the elderly population to get this vaccine, as they are not only more prone to GET pneumonia, but more prone to dying from it or becoming critically ill. But the study entitled Efficacy of pneumococcal vaccination in adults: a meta-analysis says it “does not appear to be effective in preventing pneumonia”. Not effective in preventing pneumonia?! Isn’t that it’s primary purpose?
Importantly, this study was done as a “metanalysis”. A metanalysis is a study that is done to look at all of the studies that have been done on a subject, like a drug, to get a big picture view of the results of all the studies combined. This is very important because individual studies may be biased, be very small, or have other problems. A metanalysis takes all this into account. They dismiss studies that have major flaws and generally only look at high quality studies. In this case 21 studies were examined with a total of over 100,000 test subjects with the conclusion that the pneumococcal vaccine doesn’t work.
Yet hospitals across the country spend millions of dollars in order to follow the regulations issued by the Centers for Disease Control (in the United States) that push these vaccines that contain preservatives like mercury, formaldehyde and coal tar. In fact, federal guidelines that come from the CDC demand that every hospital in the United States ‘offer’ to give every elderly person admitted to the hospital a flu shot and a pneumococcal vaccine if they have not had one in the past year. Since lack of compliance with this federal mandate could mean the loss of federal funds for a hospital, naturally this guideline is of very high importance to hospitals, and it matters not to the individual hospitals whether or not the vaccines are effective or what the latest research says. Hospitals and their administrations are unable to determine for themselves what is best for their patients and communities based on the research. Instead, they literally have to wait for an ‘act of Congress’ if the research finds that these vaccines are not safe or effective. And as we all know, Congress is not always fast to act or motivated by science.
Along with the equally questionable flu vaccine, hundreds of thousands of people- particularly the elderly -are pushed to get large amounts of these substances injected into their bodies for the sake of the virtually nonexistent benefit of reducing their incidence of a disease! So, do your due diligence and think critically about whether it’s in your best interest to get the pneumococcal vaccine, or any other medical treatment your doctor suggests. Particularly when there are natural substances, such as Garlic for Flu, and Vitamin D for Colds and Flu that may be as effective, or even more effective than the dangerous drugs that are often promoted for the same thing.