Flu Shot and Alzheimer's

Since flu shot season is approaching I thought it appropriate to remind everyone that according to Hugh Fudenberg, MD, the world's leading immunogeneticist and 13th most quoted biologist of our time (over 850 papers in peer reviewed journals), if an individual has had five consecutive flu shots their chance of getting Alzheimer's disease is ten times higher than if they had one, two or no shots. (1)

Dr. Fudenberg claims this is due to the mercury and aluminum in flu shots (and many childhood and RhoGam shots); these toxins build up in the brain causing cognitive dysfunction. Is that why Alzheimer's is expected to quadruple? (2)

By the way, to disprove the Alzheimer's/flu shots connection, some Toronto MDs went to nursing homes and asked people with Alzheimer's if they remember getting a flu shot. Most said they didn't remember getting one. Not surprising since Alzheimer's victims may not remember the names of their spouse. Anyway, based on this "research" they concluded the flu shots were safe but the disclaimer at the bottom of the abstract negated its value: "Because of the self-reported nature of the risk factor questionnaire we cannot exclude the possibility of recall bias." (3) Can you believe that the media reported this as "proof" the flu shot was safe? They didn't mention the disclaimer. Maybe they all had too many flu shots?

  1. Dr. Fudenberg at the NVIC International Vaccine Conference, Arlington, VA. September 1997. Quoted with permission.
  2. John's Hopkins Newsletter Nov 1998.
  3. Verreault R, Laurin D, Lindsay J et al. Past exposure to vaccines and subsequent risk of Alzheimer's disease. CMAJ. 2001;165(11):1495-1498.