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What’s Behind the CDC Claiming 80,000 Died From Flu Last Winter?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

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  • According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2017-2018 flu season was the deadliest flu season in the U.S. in four decades, hospitalizing 900,000 and killing 80,000, including 180 children
  • What they’re counting as “flu deaths” are not just deaths directly caused by the influenza virus, but also infections such as pneumonia and other respiratory diseases, as well as sepsis
  • The 2017-2018 seasonal influenza vaccine’s effectiveness against influenza A and influenza B virus infection was just 36 percent
  • People who receive the seasonal flu shot and then contract influenza excrete infectious influenza viruses through their breath, so vaccinated individuals can indeed spread influenza
  • To prevent one case of influenza, 71 people must be vaccinated. Meanwhile, one case of flu will be prevented for every 33 people taking a vitamin D supplement

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2017-2018 flu season was the deadliest flu season in the U.S. in four decades, hospitalizing 900,000 and killing 80,000, including 180 children. According to CNN, " … [F]lu-related deaths have ranged from a low of about 12,000 during the 2011-2012 season to a high of about 56,000 during the 2012-2013."

While that sounds ominous, it's worth remembering that what they're counting as "flu deaths" are not just deaths directly caused by the influenza virus, but also secondary infections such as pneumonia and other respiratory diseases, as well as sepsis.


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