She said in the statement that the move was part of a proactive strategy to reduce the burden caused by the flu season on the healthcare system, which is already under pressure because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students and staff have until November 1 to get the shot. Although they claim there will be a process for faculty and staff to request medical exemptions, it has not yet been put in place.
If they really are so worried about the burden on the health system, they should keep in mind that a 2020 Pentagon study found the flu shot actually raises the risks posed by coronavirus by 36 percent. Other studies have shown that the flu jab can increase people’s risk of other viral respiratory infections as well.
Children’s Health Defense cites the example of a 2018 CDC study that showed flu shots raise children’s risk of non-flu acute respiratory illnesses, along with a 2017 study showing vaccinated children are 5.9 times more likely to develop pneumonia than those who are not vaccinated. A 2011 Australian study, meanwhile, found that flu shots doubled people’s risk of non-flu viral lung infections.
Dr. Robert J. Rowen warned earlier this year that when a person gets a vaccine, it makes their immune system so artificially “deranged” that it just can’t react properly to additional challenges. He pointed to a study published in January in the journal Vaccine that stated quite clearly that the flu shot raises people’s risks of other respiratory viruses thanks to a phenomenon known as vaccine interference.
In addition to making people more vulnerable to other respiratory viruses, the flu vaccine can actually make you more likely to get the flu it is meant to protect you from. Plus, the more shots a person gets, the less effective they become, with one study showing that seniors who had three vaccines in the past saw a 26 percent efficacy with their present flu shot, whereas those who had gotten a flu shot nine or ten times in the past saw an efficacy rate of only 7 percent!
While some students within the largely liberal school system have said they think it’s a good idea and get a flu shot every year anyway, others aren’t so sure. Some worry about access and cost, while others point out that it is completely unnecessary because all of UC’s campuses are going to conduct classes online this fall.
Dr. Desmond Carson of Lifelong Medical Care was quoted by CBS SF Bay Area as saying: “It would help to at least eliminate the flu as part of our (prognosis when patients come in) with cough, fever and chills. So it helps ease the burden.”
Has this doctor somehow missed study after study showing how ineffective the vaccine is and how it often fails to protect people against the dominant strains in any given year if those making it don’t get lucky with their predictions? It’s an unsettling thought that a doctor would simply discount the idea that someone has the flu just because they got this notoriously ineffective vaccine.
It remains to be seen whether Children’s Health Defense’s effort to stop this will be effective, but it’s very clear that there is some other type of motivation behind the mandate beyond their weak excuse of keeping people out of the hospital. The flu vaccine won’t have the effect they claim they are seeking, and they have yet to explain why students would need it anyway if classes are being conducted online.
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