If you need the flu shot to avoid the flu, how come no one's getting sick?
People have rejected the vaccine in droves this year, with the flu shot rate plunging to just 36 percent.
That means 64 percent of us are unvaccinated and supposedly unprotected from the flu. So we should all be coughing, wheezing, sneezing, sniffling and fighting off the virus by now, right?
Of course, the CDC claims that if you haven't gotten sick, you just haven't gotten sick YET. They say flu activity is finally picking up after getting off to its slowest start in at least a quarter of a century.
PUH-leaze! It's practically April -- flu season isn't "getting started." It's over!
And this one never began in the first place.
Naturally, that hasn't stopped the CDC from issuing one last desperate push for flu shots. If you read the agency's weekly bulletins, you'll see them practically begging doctors to stick the needle into everyone they meet.
It's all a bunch of nonsense -- but even if flu season really is just getting started and we're in for a spring fever like never before, you still don't need a flu shot.
There are much better ways to protect yourself, starting with vitamin D. The sunshine vitamin is up to 800 percent more effective than the flu shot -- and unlike a flu shot, it can also protect you from the common cold.
Even better, vitamin D can help you overcome both illnesses quicker if you do happen to catch them.
For more on the flu-beating powers of vitamin D, read the January 2011 issue of my Douglass Report (and if you're not already a subscriber click here to learn how to become one).
And don't forget to wash your hands.