Local chiropractor Dr. Mara Tabares has noticed a rise in symptoms among her patients since the recent flu outbreak started, and she is happy to calm their fears and provide some important perspective to keep in mind before rushing to get the flu vaccine.
Says Dr. Tabares, “People need to review this compelling research and recognize that there are safe, healthy alternatives to the flu shot that will more effectively prevent the flu, such as getting more sleep, washing hands thoroughly, getting chiropractic adjustments, taking vitamin D, exercising, eating a healthier diet full of flu-fighting foods like berries and ginger, and taking probiotics, as well as a host of other amazing supplements for immune boosting.”
A remarkable study published in the Cochrane Library found no evidence of benefit for influenza vaccinations. It’s also damns the quality of flu vaccine studies by saying that the vast majority of trials were inadequate.
Additionally, a study published in the October 2008 issue of the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine found that vaccinating young children against the flu had no impact on flu-related hospitalizations or doctor visits during two recent flu seasons. The researchers concluded that "significant influenza vaccine effectiveness could not be demonstrated for any season, age, or setting" examined.
A 2008 study published in the Lancet found that influenza vaccination was NOT associated with a reduced risk of pneumonia in older people. This also supports an earlier study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr. Tabares lives in Ridgefield with her two young sons, Manu and Alex.
Dr. Tabares specializes in pregnancy and pediatrics, with over 13 years’ experience caring for a diverse variety of challenges in all of her patients both big and small. She is currently accepting new patients in her office located at 94 Locust Avenue, Danbury in the CT Childbirth & Women’s Center in Danbury; for more information, please visit http://www.drmaratabares.com/.