Ridiculous Study of the Week: Vaccines


Here is a study showing that when you vaccinate kids against the flu then there will, uh, be less of them to get the flu and less flu in the community.  More money well spent on this study.  Up next on the author’s plate:  giving teenagers free cigarettes will, in fact, increase the rate of cigarette smoking amongst those teens.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  11 comments for “Ridiculous Study of the Week: Vaccines

  1. Benedict The Pope
    December 25, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Dear Highness,
    Easy answer: Did you get an Influenza vaccine last year? If not you are FOS, if you did I think that answers the original troll.
    Benedict XVI

    • Doug Farrago
      December 26, 2014 at 6:04 am

      I did

      • Benedict The Pope
        December 26, 2014 at 9:10 pm

        Your Lordship upon Highness,
        Either you are a complete idiot for having the Flu vaccine given you apparently ” pretty much dismissed them as worthless.”
        Roy (https://pediatricinsider.wordpress.com) is a Troll

        • Doug Farrago
          December 27, 2014 at 7:51 am

          I did get the flu shot last year. This year I looked at its efficacy (for the first time, actually) and that is when I questioned the whole thing in this blog. At what point do we get to say “This is a shitty product”? 49%? 38%? 14%? That was my point. I believe in vaccines. I also believe we should question everything. That is the point of this website and that blog entry.

  2. Gary Gaddis
    December 21, 2014 at 12:36 am

    In my undergrad studies in the 1970s we learned about “herd immunity”, which is to say that the illness rate for diseases for which we immunize will fall, if they are airborne-spread. So how does this study count as new science? I agree that the study is ridiculous, because it does not tell us anything new. So, which funding agency got rooked on this one? I sure hope it was not a Federal agency or one of my charities!

  3. Roy
    December 18, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Last week you were entirely dismissive of flu vaccines– I forget your phrase, but you pretty much dismissed them as worthless.

    Now here’s a study that vaccinating kids leads to less flu in the community. The classy thing to do would be to say, gee, maybe I was wrong– flu vaccines can help in some ways.

    Instead you dismiss the study because it didn’t show what you’ve already decided it ought to have shown. Is this authentic medicine?

    • Doug Farrago
      December 18, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      I was not entirely dismissive. This was a shitty product and I called them out on it. Do you have any evidence that I am anti vaccines? Of course you don’t. I hammer the anti-vaccine idiots all the time. So if next year’s flu vaccine is 14% effective (versus 49% this year), should I not call it a shitty product? The most recent blog was about pointing out the obvious. When vaccines are effective they tend to help. So, to summarize, you are a douche. Here are the rules of “authentic medicine”. I own the website and I do whatever I want. Why? Because I am the king. A classy one at that. You can make your own blog on your own website. I recommend calling Doucheland. Then you can do whatever you want. Do you see how this works, douche?

      • Roy
        December 18, 2014 at 3:09 pm

        Wow, Doug. Just wow.

        OK, I’m turning my old title from the Placebo Journal– remember, when you got along with your subscribers, and you let us make up titles for themselves? I don’t honestly remember what mine was. Perhaps it was Dr. Douche. Anyway, you can have the title back. You’ve become kind of creepy and sad.

        • Doug Farrago
          December 18, 2014 at 6:20 pm

          Seriously? You initiate an attack on me, an unfounded one by the way, and then get offended when I snap back? I am who I have always been. Not creepy. Not sad. Actually, quite happy. I am not, however, going to let someone rip me a new one without defending myself. Man up and stop being a pussy.

          • Roy
            December 18, 2014 at 7:55 pm

            Ooo I’m so sorry if the gentle language of my 1st post offended thee! I hadn’t realized you were so sensitive. Perhaps you ought to post some kind of warning– “never disagree with The King or point out inconsistencies in his posts, or he’ll call you a douche.”

            Seriously, you have a really odd idea of what an “attack” is, and what a reasonable response could have been. My first post was hardly was meant to “rip you a new one.” Have you met the internet before? Take some deep breaths or do some yoga or something before you respond to comments. You’ll come across as more professional, and maybe even make your point and change people’s minds.

            You seemed to be saying in the original post (remember? the original post?) that it was so obvious that flu vaccines reduce flu that it was stupid to do the study in the first place. You compared the study’s conclusion to saying that free cigarettes increase cigarette consumption, calling it “The Ridiculous Study of the Week.” So: you say it’s ridiculous to do a study to see if flu vaccines work. Aren’t you curious to see if these “shitty” vaccines could actually help your community?

          • Doug Farrago
            December 19, 2014 at 7:12 am

            Ok, I will let this be. Your last point is valid because I saw it in a different light. We will agree to disagree on that. That being said, I have met the internet before. I do get slammed and I respond. Unlike Sony. More professional? Don’t care. This is not pubmed.

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