I recently received a question about the relationship between Influenza, the flu shots, and Covid- 19 and the interesting data surrounding them. According to the Oklahoma Department of Health from September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020, Influenza was responsible for 3580 hospitalizations and 85 deaths. The previous three years showed hospitalizations of 2426, 4840 and 3007 and deaths numbered 137, 293 and 87. The flu “season” is considered by the medical community to start on October 1 and end April 1. Influenza can occur at any time of the year, but most cases occur during the flu season.
The statistics for 2020-2021 are strikingly different. The total hospitalizations were 285 with the total deaths numbering 12. This represents at least a 90% decrease from the previous four years. A footnote from the graph standing for the statistics says that “For the 2020-2021 Season Influenza was unusually low due to Covid-19 mitigation strategies.”
I find this explanation difficult to accept at face value because the only measures in force during the fall of 2020 was masking and social distancing. If there were any reductions in Influenza from the Covid-19 injections the effect would be minimal since the injections for Covid-19 would have occurred late in the flu season. (I have not heard anyone suggest this, but I mention it because the shots are a variable since they do have an effect on your body.) If masking and social distancing lower Influenza rates that dramatically, why do we need shots that, at best, lower infection rates 40%?
The Influenza shots change each year because the strains that are prevalent change each season. The explanation given for this is that there is a process called Antigenic Drift which means that the Influenza virus strains that are prominent in Asia (their flu season precedes our flu season) are put into our shots in anticipation that they will be the dominant strains here during our flu season. This prediction is, at best, 40% effective. The estimated Influenza vaccine rates in Oklahoma average between 45% and 54% of the population per year. This was true for 2020-2021 according to the CDC.
If the vaccination rates did not increase in 2020-2021, the dramatic drop in Influenza hospitalizations and deaths cannot be from the flu shot. I also do not believe it was from the Covid-19 mitigation strategies since they had no evidence of working against Covid-19. So why would they only work against Influenza and not Covid-19? Both are respiratory viruses. And according to the CDC, both are highly contagious.
How do we reconcile this dramatic drop? Could it just be a fluke? Was it just happenstance that the huge drop occurred during the Covid-19 pandemic? Unfortunately, I am prone to believe there really aren’t many coincidences when it comes to The Great Reset. What if the Covid-19 PCR test mistakenly showed positive for Covid-19 when the actual infection was Influenza? This could achieve two goals at once: it would falsely and markedly elevate the Covid-19 cases. In turn, this would stoke the fear of Covid-19 and drive more people to get the Covid-19 shots.
We tend to lose sight of the fact that the total number of people who become infected by a respiratory virus in a year is impossible to accurately quantify, since a substantial number of people do not seek testing or medical care and therefore are unknown. Once you include this potentially massive number of people into the statistics, the actual death rates plummet. In my opinion, neither Influenza nor Covid-19 need shots to save lives. I believe that Covid-19 may be effectively treated early with steroids, azithromycin, ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine and inhaled budesonide. Influenza deaths are mainly related to bacterial pneumonia (a complication of Influenza) and that can normally be treated effectively with antibiotics. I am not going to take any further vaccinations because I do not feel the benefit outweighs the risks. The vaccines are all switching to the new mRNA unproven experimental technology. I do not think any vaccinations should be mandated under any circumstances. I do believe that if you want to be vaccinated, it is your decision.
There are so many things about Covid-19 in relation to Influenza that do not make sense to me. Other things that I thought made sense now don’t seem to make sense. Everything seems to be upside down. The bottom line is what do we believe? How do we decide what sources of information are credible? I wish I knew how to find reliable information. The entire world is making less and less sense.
I always go back to the rock I rely upon: Jesus. I am concerned because I see the direction we are headed as a nation and the world, and I think it will continue to spiral downward unless God decides to intervene to change the trajectory. If He does not, we still have the plan of salvation to rely upon. This plan is far more important than anything else in our lives because it will assure you an eternity in Heaven with Him.
The plan is not complicated. It only requires you to decide to accept Him as your Lord and Savior, and to follow His teachings. This will, by necessity, require you to change your behavior going forward. I assure you that whatever sacrifice you make here, it will be minimal compared to the reward gained in Heaven. It is the greatest deal EVER. I believe your quality of life here is better when you know where you will spend eternity. Will this guarantee a wonderful, prosperous, stress-free life here? No, chances are it will not. We will still have trials, stresses, losses, and sadness, but you will know that is not all that is ahead of you. A glorious eternity awaits if you make the decision to follow Jesus. If you need help with making that decision, please contact someone in your church home or contact my church home, Fairview Baptist Church Edmond, OK at www.fairviewbaptistedmond.org. Our pastors are Paul Blair and Dan Fisher. They are happy to speak with you and help guide you. The website has a large archive of sermons and Sunday School lessons for you review.
David Jayne, M.D.
Edited by Ann Jayne