Recently, Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-MN) said during a House Committee on Reform and Oversight hearing that the committee should hear from Judy Mikovits, who has warned Americans against getting a flu vaccine, claiming it would increase the odds of contracting COVID-19 by 36 percent. Grothman also sponsored state legislation in 2017 to prohibit hospitals from requiring employees to get flu shots, after publicly asking if vaccines caused autism.
The flu is caused by several different strains of the influenza virus. Because of this, a flu vaccine is derived from one of these different influenza viruses. The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 is NOT an influenza virus, but a novel coronavirus. COVID-19 cannot be caused by a vaccine derived from an unrelated flu virus. Claims that vaccines cause autism are also unfounded. Years of research into multiple aspects of vaccinations and whether they cause autism have definitively concluded that no link exists. The Autism Science Foundation clearly says: “We looked at children who received vaccines and those who didn’t, or who received them on a different, slower schedule. There was no difference in their neurological outcomes.” In fact, vaccines contribute to major improvements in child and overall population health. Vaccinations can prevent 16 diseases ranging from the flu, which kills up to 61,000 people in the United States a year, to whooping cough, which can be fatal to newborns.