'High-dose' flu shot is low in benefits, high in risk

If you're my age, you know exactly where you were 50 years ago today and just what you were doing.

I'm not going to make you relive those awful moments when President Kennedy was killed; there's plenty of that on TV today if you want it.

I will point out that, half a century later, we remain the freest people on earth -- even if we're not as free as we were on Nov. 21, 1963. And I'm going to honor what's left of our freedom the only way I know how: by keeping up the fight for YOUR freedom.

Watch out, seniors -- there's a new push to pressure you into a dangerous vaccine you don't want or need.

It's the flu shot, of course, which is bad enough on its own. But this year, the Big Push is for a new version of the shot aimed at seniors -- a frightening high-dose vaccine with four times the antigens of the standard flu shot.

Your doctor will claim a new study shows it's more effective in seniors than the regular flu shot -- and then he'll ask you to roll up your sleeve as he gets the needle ready.

Keep your sleeve down and tell him where to stick that needle -- because the new study REALLY proves that both shots are 100 percent worthless.

Despite the fearmongering, flu isn't the big threat it's been made out to be. Don't get a shot, and you probably won't get the flu -- because even in a "bad" year, only between 2 percent and 3 percent of the unvaccinated get sick (being government numbers, I'd bet even that's a wild exaggeration).

The regular shot brings that number all the way down to... well... just under 2 percent, or 1.83 percent to be exact, according to the study. And the new high-dose shot brings it down to 1.43 percent.

In other words, the absolute difference between the high-dose shot, the regular shot and no shot at all is roughly 1 percent, give or take.

That's not a benefit. That's a statistical blip.

You're actually about six times more likely to suffer one or more of the side effects of the high-dose shot than you are to get the flu -- and those side effects are almost flu anyway: fever, headache, pain, malaise and more.

I'd say you're better off just taking your chances with the flu, but you don't even have to go that far because there are simple, safe and PROVEN ways to beat the flu without a shot.

Start with good hygiene and a strong immune system powered by vitamin D -- because the sunshine vitamin alone is proven to be 800 percent more effective than the shot at preventing flu.

It'll also help you avoid the common cold, something no shot in the world can do.

For more flu-fighting tips this winter and every winter, see the September 2013 issue of my Douglass Report newsletter. Subscribers, use the password in your current issue to login and read it online.

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