Does the Flu Shot Increase COVID-19 Risk (YES!) and Other Interesting Questions
by Dr. Michael Murray
This may be the most important newsletter I have written to date. Here are a few quick answers to the questions I will cover in case you aren’t interested in the whole story:
- Does the flu shot increase the risk for coronavirus infection? YES!
- Could a new flu vaccine be partly responsible for the COVID-19 mortality rate in Italy? YES!
- Is the rush to a vaccine the best solution? No, it could bring catastrophic results.
- How does the SARS-CoV-2 infect and are protease enzyme supplements the key to creating our own endogenous antiviral protease inhibitors? Yes, I believe so!
- Are there certain medications like blood pressure drugs and proton pump inhibitors that increase risk for infection and mortality? YES
- Is it chloroquine or is it zinc that is working as a possible aid in treating COVID-19? A strong case can be made for zinc!
- Can plant polyphenols and flavonoids act to increase the antiviral effects of zinc? YES! And they possess other benefits too!
The rest of the newsletter will explain these somewhat controversial conclusions. It is a lot to cover. So, I am going to be as concise as possible. References are provided for those so inclined.
Does the flu shot increase the risk for coronavirus infection?
There is evidence that influenza vaccines specifically increase the risk of coronavirus infection. Here is why, a phenomenon known as virus interference. Yes, it appears that the flu shot protects against influenza and it appears some other types of viruses as well, but it comes at a price of actually increasing the risk for coronavirus infections. That is exactly what a study that compared the respiratory virus status among 2,880 Department of Defense personnel based on their influenza vaccination status demonstrated. The study concluded “Vaccine derived virus interference was significantly associated with coronavirus.”1
Could a new flu vaccine be partly responsible for the COVID-19 mortality rate in Italy?
In case you are not aware, the infection rate mortality rate in Italy to COVID-19 is dramatically higher. Why? Well the standard answers of an elderly population and the failure to implement social distancing soon enough just don’t explain what is happening. My colleague, Dr. Alex Vasquez, provided me with a valuable insight. In September 2019, Italy rolled out an entirely new type of influenza vaccine. This vaccine called VIQCC is different than others. Most available influenza vaccines are produced in embryonated chicken eggs. VIQCC, however, is produced from cultured animal cells rather than eggs and has more of a “boost” to the immune system as a result. VIQCC also contains four types of viruses – 2 type A viruses (H1N1 and H3N2) and 2 type B viruses.2 It looks like this “super” vaccine impacted the immune system in such a way to increase coronavirus infection through virus interference that set the stage for what happened in Italy.