‘Influenza vaccines are about marketing not science.’ – expert

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The [b]Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation[/b] advises [b]UK[/b] government departments on vaccination issues, and has a programme to vaccinate all children between the ages of two and 16, starting with the youngest. However, Dr Luisa Dillner writing in [s]The Guardian[/s], quotes Tom Jefferson, the lead author of the [b]Cochrane Review on Vaccines for Preventing Influenza in Health Children[/b], which looked at findings from 75 studies as saying: ‘Influenza vaccines are about marketing and not science.’

‘We have few trials, and masses of very poor quality observational evidence. We have presented evidence of considerable reporting bias, which governments continue to ignore. The science is missing and so making an informed decision is very difficult.’ Dillner writes that Jefferson also believes that the evidence of harm may be under reported because of a lack of standardised safety-outcome data. The Cochrane review does say that vaccination can protect children from influenza but there is not conclusive evidence that vaccinations reduce hospitalisations and deaths in children.

Full report in The Guardian
Cochrane Review abstract


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