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Huge Veterans Study: COVID and Flu Vaccines are Useless at Preventing Hospitalization
Snake oil would work just as well as those "vaccines" but would be far safer
SUMMARY: This post will show that both flu and Covid vaccines are utterly useless at preventing hospitalization for Covid AND flu. This conclusion is based on a recent large study of US veterans. Their health data is available to researchers from the Veterans Administration medical database.
The same VA study also shows that repeat COVID infections are not milder in hospitalized veterans.
Flu Vaccines are Useless
A fascinating study of US veterans hospitalized with COVID or flu is out.
This one piqued my interest, like all previous VA studies comparing vaccinated and unvaccinated patients. There is always something one can find in those. These studies involve large numbers of people with well-known health and vaccination histories.
This JAMA study examines VA patients hospitalized with respiratory illnesses (COVID or the flu). It shows the proportions of COVID and flu-vaccinated persons among both flu and Covid patients. It looks at relatively recent hospitalizations:
Methods | We used the electronic health databases of the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Between October 1, 2022, and January 31, 2023, we enrolled all individuals with at least 1 hospital admission record between 2 days before and 10 days after a positive test result for SARS-CoV-2 or influenza and an admission diagnosis for COVID-19 or seasonal influenza. We removed 143 participants hospitalized with both infections. The cohort was followed up until the first occurrence of death, 30 days after hospital admission, or March 2, 2023.
Let’s take a look. Here’s the vaccination status of hospitalized veterans:
Take a look at the line underlined in BLUE (last line). 64% of patients hospitalized with COVID were vaccinated against the flu. 63% of patients hospitalized with flu were vaccinated against the flu.
We know that the influenza vaccine does not prevent Covid hospitalizations. But if the influenza vaccine prevented influenza hospitalizations, there would be fewer influenza-vaccinated people hospitalized for influenza than influenza-vaccinated people hospitalized for Covid.
If the influenza vaccine were 100% effective at preventing hospitalization with influenza, in the table above, we would have ZERO patients who had an influenza vaccine hospitalized for influenza. Instead of zero, 63% of people hospitalized for influenza are vaccinated for influenza, the same as the percentage of influenza-vaccinated people among Covid hospitalizations.
I apologize for the heavy language above. I felt that it was important to be precise.
Scientists refer to the above comparison as a “test-negative design,” which is used to evaluate the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine. This article published in Vaccine magazine describes test-negative study designs.
Test-negative design is explained further:
The test-negative design has a notable strength in controlling for afore-mentioned health care-seeking behavior (Fig. 2). Typically, study subjects are patients who visit medical institutions due to ILI during the influenza season. Subjects with positive test results for influenza are classified into cases, while subjects with negative results are classified as controls, and then vaccination status during the season can be compared between cases and controls. As the subjects are likely to visit a medical institution soon after ILI onset, both cases and controls are considered to be similar in their health care-seeking behavior. Therefore, the test-negative design can minimize confounding by health care-seeking behavior in evaluating influenza VE even though the outcome measure is laboratory-confirmed influenza, which is expected to resolve the dilemma in cohort studies.
So, the data in the above table lets us compare the flu vaccination status of influenza cases and controls (COVID cases). The result is that the same proportion of influenza-vaccinated people are hospitalized for the flu as the influenza-vaccinated people are hospitalized for COVID.
In other words, the flu vaccine does NOT help prevent flu-related hospitalizations!
Again, if the flu vaccine were 100% effective against the flu, ZERO — 0% of flu-vaccinated people would be hospitalized for influenza.
COVID Vaccine is Similarly Ineffective
We can apply the same logic we applied to flu-vaccinated patients and look at Covid-boosted patients. We can compare the percentage of Covid-boosted patients hospitalized for Covid to the percentage of Covid-boosted patients hospitalized “not for Covid.”
Look at the same table as above, but consider the line underlined with GREEN.
55% of persons hospitalized with Covid were Covid-boosted. 55% of persons hospitalized with flu were Covid-boosted.
If the Covid vaccine had been 100% effective at preventing hospitalizations with Covid, ZERO hospitalized Covid patients would have been Covid-boosted. Instead, regardless of the type of illness (Covid or the flu), the percentage of Covid-boosted patients is the same for both illnesses.
This, again, is a test-negative design comparison: look at the percentage of Covid-boosted people hospitalized for Covid, and compare it with the percentage of Covid-boosted people hospitalized for “not Covid.”
This comparison shows that Covid boosters do not reduce Covid hospitalizations.
This finding is similar to what I found in the CDC’s own VISION network study, showing ineffectiveness of Covid vaccines when looking at patients with known vaccination status:
Covid Reinfections are Almost as Deadly as First Infections
Another interesting finding of the VA study, unrelated to the above, is that repeat Covid infections lead to approximately the same fraction of hospitalized reinfection patients succumbing to death as first infections. Look at this table:
Six out of 100 veterans hospitalized with Covid as their first infection die within 30 days of admission.
Compare that to five out of 100 veterans who die with a Covid reinfection - a comparable number.
So, again, are we acquiring “robust hybrid multilayer immunity” with all these shots and reinfections? It does not look like it!
So, if you or your loved ones ever have a Covid reinfection, take it as seriously as you did your first infection and have good medications, like vitamins and Ivermectin, stocked up in your home pantry.
Do Covid Vaccines Protect from Death?
But, Covid vaccines protect against death, would be the reaction of vaccine advocates, and they would point out the following:
8.75% of unvaccinated hospitalized people die compared to 5.18% of boosted hospitalized patients. Some would suggest that boosters provide 1-5.18/8.75 = 41% protection against death.
Such an observation is interesting; however, “death protection” should be calculated for all people, whether hospitalized or not. Some people die at home without ever being hospitalized. Both Bob Saget (a vaccinated entertainer), as well as Kelly Ernby (an unvaxed antivaccine activist), died within 30 days of their Covid infections without ever being in a hospital:
Therefore, looking at the death rates of only hospitalized people does not allow us to calculate “vaccine death protection.” Further, UK data shows a disturbing 30% increase in “deaths at home” (as opposed to hospitals where the VA study took place):
In any case, hospitalization data for Covid and flu-vaccinated people shows that “protection against hospitalization” does not exist for Covid and flu vaccines as of the dates of the study (late 2022-early 2023).
What do you think? Any recent observations or COVID experiences involving you or your friends?