Does Flu Shot Increase COVID Risk? – LotusRain Naturopathic Clinic

Does the Flu Shot Increase COVID-19 Risk?

Could a new flu vaccine be partly responsible for the COVID-19 mortality rate in Italy?


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Following is important information shared by my respected colleague, Dr. Michael Murray.  He acknowledges these are controversial conclusions, and has provided references for review.

Does the Flu Shot Increase COVID-19 Risk?


There is evidence that influenza vaccines specifically increase the risk of coronavirus infection. Here is why, a phenomenon known as virus interference. Yes, it appears that the flu shot protects against influenza and it appears some other types of viruses as well, but it comes at a price of actually increasing the risk for coronavirus infections. That is exactly what a study that compared the respiratory virus status among 2,880 Department of Defense personnel based on their influenza vaccination status demonstrated. The study concluded “Vaccine derived virus interference was significantly associated with coronavirus.”1

Could a new flu vaccine be partly responsible for the COVID-19 mortality rate in Italy? 


In case you are not aware, the infection rate mortality rate in Italy to COVID-19 is dramatically higher. Why? Well the standard answers of an elderly population and the failure to implement social distancing soon enough just don’t explain what is happening. My colleague, Dr. Alex Vasquez, provided me with a valuable insight. In September 2019, Italy rolled out an entirely new type of influenza vaccine. This vaccine called VIQCC is different than others. Most available influenza vaccines are produced in embryonated chicken eggs. VIQCC, however, is produced from cultured animal cells rather than eggs and has more of a “boost” to the immune system as a result. VIQCC also contains four types of viruses – 2 type A viruses (H1N1 and H3N2) and 2 type B viruses.2 It looks like this “super” vaccine impacted the immune system in such a way to increase coronavirus infection through virus interference that set the stage for what happened in Italy. Globe wrapped in protection and held by surgically gloved hands

Is the rush to a vaccine the best solution?

Perhaps not, it could be catastrophic. Here is why. The attempt to create a vaccine for SARS-CoV showed that vaccines were able to offer protection against infection, but came with a cost of disruption to the immune system. This altered immune function led to severe lung inflammation when test animals were exposed to the virus.The final statement of the study cannot be highlighted enough: “Caution in proceeding to application of a SARS-CoV vaccine in humans is indicated. 3


We believe in natural medicine and prevention, it’s the core of what we do at LotusRain Naturopathic Clinic.  Please take a look at our Coronavirus page that is filled with suggestions on precationary measures we can all take and supplemental protocols proven to be effective.


  1. Wolff GG. Influenza Vaccination and Respiratory Virus Interference Among Department of Defense Personnel During the 2017-2018 Influenza Season. Vaccine 2020;38 (2):350-354.
  3. Tseng et al. Immunization With SARS Coronavirus Vaccines Leads to Pulmonary Immunopathology on Challenge With the SARS Virus. PLoS One 2012;7 (4): e35421.

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