11 reasons an annual COVID booster is NOT LIKE an annual flu shot

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Vinay Prasad MD MPH is a hematologist-oncologist and Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California San Francisco. He runs the VKPrasad lab at UCSF, which studies cancer drugs, health policy, and clinical trials.

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14 Sept 2022 | Vinay Prasad, MD MPH; Physician & Professor

An annual COVID19 mRNA not is *NOT AT ALL LIKE* an annual flu shot

1. It is far more reactogenic
More people take a day off work/ way more Adverse Events than flu

2. Flu vax tries to predict FUTURE North America strains, BA4/5 are PAST strains…

No one tries to vaccinate people who have already had the *exact same strain* of flu with the flu shot, and yet now the CDC pushes BA4/5 in people who have just had BA5

3. COVID19 is currently LESS LETHAL than flu, particularly for the young.

4. Maybe, just maybe, we could do…

A better job with flu. Each year, we rely of flawed test neg. case control studies to estimate flu vaccine efficacy, which often yield awful, pitifully low estimates despite the upwardly biased methodology.

Perhaps, just as phones advance, evidence can advance…

We could do a whole lot better if we had more, larger randomized trials of flu shots. These can run in the southern hemisphere and inform the northern one. We do not need to be wedded to a suboptimal paradigm.

5. It is a novel platform (mRNA). There are still unknown unknowns.

6. The FDA commissioner didn’t routinely lie about the evidence for the flu shot

There is no evidence that a bivalent booster means you will be able to attend more gatherings. Just his imagination talking.

7. FDA officials did not resign over the flu shot. (01)

8. The people making decisions regarding the flu shot did not exhibit a pattern of gross incompetence. (02)

9. The White House never said that it is really important to get the flu shot before the midterm election—I mean, Halloween—did I say election?

10. FDA didn’t usually work for the marketing arm of Pfizer, and Pfizer didn’t usually make 50 billion off the back of perpetual boosters.

11. Paul Offit didn’t usually say he wasn’t going to get the flu shot.

In short, comparing a novel mRNA booster tested in 8 mice for a strain of COVID tens or hundreds of millions have already had for a virus with a sweeping age gradient & IFR less than flu to flu, in a politicized climate where the FDA is run by incompetent political hacks, is flawed. (03) (04) (05) (06)

By the way, the Pfizer boostered mice didn’t make it. And all the Moderna boosted mice Got Covid. ~ Penny….

(Please, for the love of God, keep trying to get through to the people you love, please don’t stop trying to wake up your friends and family who are under the spell.) (07) (08) (09) (10) (11)

Please also read the following article just published:

New Boosters approved that were tested only on Mice


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