Doctor sees Shingles Vaccine Fails
Dr. David Brownstein set out to do what most doctors should do before prescribing a vaccine to their patients. He worked to discover whether the shingles vaccine made sense for them to take. Rather than simply scan Merck’s shiny promotional brochures or peruse slick shingles vaccine television commercials (along with the rest of us), Dr. Brownstein performed a bit of cursory research, apparently a novel concept for many doctors. Novel, at least, for those who push the shingles vaccine.
Do I need the shingles vaccine?
Dr. Brownstein then wrote a letter to the American Family Physician Journal. He explained to the editor that the question, “Do I need the shingles vaccine?” was one of the most common in his practice. He wrote the letter to help others decide whether the shingles shot was a good idea.
Pity that Dr. Brownstein’s letter went unpublished by the Journal. Every doctor in the country should be made to read it. Dr. Brownstein’s letter reviewed the shingles vaccine article: Prevention of Herpes Zoster in Older Adults, by Jared Kocher, published November 1, 2016. Mr. Kocher summarized the Cochrane Review as such, “The herpes zoster (shingles) vaccine has demonstrated effectiveness in preventing shingles in older adults.”
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Shingles Vaccine helps 1 in 50 People
Author Kocher stated that 50 people aged 60-69 had to be vaccinated in order to prevent one case of shingles. For those over 70, 100 had to be vaccinated in order to help just one person. Therefore, the numbers show that the shingles vaccine is ineffective for 98 of 100 people aged 60-69, and ineffective for 99/100 in those over 70, because 99 of 100 received no benefit.
“I am incredulous that anyone looking at this data could proclaim that the shingles vaccine was effective,” wrote Dr. Brownstein. “In fact, it wasn’t. According to the data, the shingles vaccine was a 98-99% failure.”
At $200 per shot, 50 people aged 60-69 would have to be vaccinated to prevent two cases of shingles, at a cost of $10,000 per case. For those over 70, 100 would need to be vaccinated to prevent one case of shingles, at a cost of $20,000. “Clearly, this vaccine is not cost effective in these tough economic times,” wrote Dr. Brownstein.
Author Kocher also summarized the adverse effect risk of the vaccine. For every 2.8 vaccines given, one person was harmed. In addition, for every one hundred people vaccinated, one had a severe adverse reaction such as rash, fever and/or hospitalization.
Beyond all sense of reason, Mr. Kocher nevertheless concludes the shingles vaccine is “safe, effective and well tolerated. . .” One needs to ask Mr. Kocher, “For whom?” The one person in 50 that it may work for?
Shingles Vaccine fails 98-99%
One would need to be mentally challenged not to see the conclusion Dr. Brownstein draws, that any conclusion regarding the subject should read that “the herpes zoster (Shingles) shingles vaccine is neither safe, effective, nor well tolerated.”