flu patch

  1. Flu patch does nothing to improve vaccine's failures

    A patch even a Boy Scout wouldn't want

    You've pulled down the shades. You've stocked up on bottled water, batteries, and six months' worth of frozen dinners.

    You're prepared to hunker down all winter... all spring if you have to... just to keep from dealing with those flu vaccine crazies waiting to jab you in the arm at every drug store, supermarket, and pop-up medical clinic.

    Well, friend, beware that knock on your door. Because it looks like Uncle Sam may be heading straight to your home in a new plot to force the flu vaccine into your veins -- and he'll probably climb through the bathroom window if he has to.

    Researchers at Georgia Tech have just announced that the flu vaccine is about to start making house calls, and you'll soon be able to give yourself the shot without any doctor or nurse to hold your hand and offer you a sticker. It's all thanks to the world's first ever flu vaccine patch, an adhesive eyesore that uses 50 microneedles to simultaneously inject you with dangerous flu strain.

    They're calling it a breakthrough... a miracle of medicine... but let's call it what it really is, a miracle of marketing. I've heard of building a better mousetrap, but let's make sure the damned thing catches mice first!

    People don't skip the flu shot because they hate needles -- they skip it because it's WORTHLESS! The flu vaccine stops influenza less than 2% of the time, and there isn't a shred of evidence that this year's vaccine is doing any better.

    So whether you get your flu shot through a syringe, a patch, or from the magic wands of fairies, don't expect for a second that it's going to keep you safe from weeks of flu misery.

    Big Pharma could have gotten serious about this billion-dollar flu fraud. It could have tapped into its never-ending supply of cash to develop a flu vaccine that's actually worth the $25 you're spending on it.

    But instead they decided to let it all ride on the practically worthless tired old vaccine. The flu patch is just the latest swindle meant to separate you from your hard earned cash. In fact, researchers think the patch may increase vaccinations by 41%, and you'd better believe Big Pharma is already counting the cash.

    Do yourself a favor, and don't throw another red cent into the coffers of the flu-marketing-machine. Instead, when Big Pharma starts rolling out its glitzy, celebrity commercials about the hottest new way to get your flu shot, stick that patch right where it belongs -- over their mouths.

  2. DIY flu shots should be DOA

    There's no such thing as a safe and effective flu shot... but that hasn't stopped researchers from trying to find new ways to give it to more people just the same.

    Now, they're working on poison in a patch -- a flu shot you can slap on yourself, no doctor or nurse necessary.

    I can picture the public service announcements now: GO STICK YOURSELF!

    Instead of the usual hypodermic needle, the flu patch described in Clinical and Vaccine Immunology is delivered via 100 tiny microneedles that dissolve as the vaccine enters your body.

    In a study on mice, researchers say their new patch gave the rodents flu "immunity" on par with -- or better than -- the traditional vaccine injection.

    Talk about setting the bar low -- the flu shot itself is only barely effective in the best of times, and completely ineffective the rest of the time.

    I wouldn't brag about matching that.

    The researchers say their do-it-yourself vaccinations will bring the shot to more people by doing away with the worst part of the experience: the needle.

    But who are they kidding? The worst part of the shot isn't the sting of the needle -- it's what's inside it, because these vaccinations can leave you in a world of hurt whether you feel that prick or not.

    Ordinary flu shots come with a risk of fever, rash, hives and seizures. What's more, most of them contain the dangerous toxin mercury.

    If that's not bad enough, all you need to do is look at what happened during last year's mass public health experiment: Patients given the swine flu vaccine passed out, got sick and even dropped dead.

    And in addition to all the usual flu shot risks, the new patch comes with a bonus: The microneedles are made of polymer polyvinylpyrrolidone, or PVP. An allergic reaction to PVP can lead to anaphylactic shock.

    So whether it's delivered in a needle, patch, bubble gum or kick to the head, do yourself a favor -- and skip the vaccine.

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