(NaturalNews) File this under the "say it isn't so" category – a vaccine that isn't good for your health.
As reported by the UK's Daily Mail Online, a growing number of cases of dementia and an ineffective flu vaccine are being blamed for the biggest rise in annual deaths in England and Wales in five decades, an investigation revealed.
In 2015, the website noted, there were 28,000 more deaths than the previous year, or an increase of 5.6 percent. The most recent inquiry into the rising death toll has found that 2015 saw the biggest single-year spike in respiratory diseases, including influenza, and diseases like dementia since 2003.
The figures come from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), which was assisted by Public Health England (PHE), and it is the first time an analysis of death rates has been undertaken.
Daily Mail Online reported further:
In 2015, there were 529,613 deaths registered in England and Wales, an increase of 28,189 compared with 2014.
Of the extra deaths, 86 per cent occurred in the over 75s and 38 per cent in the over 90s.
It was the highest number of deaths in a single year since 2003 and the highest year on year percentage increase since 1968.
Figures also suggest that life expectancy at birth will fall by 0.2 years to 79.3 years for men and by 0.3 years to 82.9 years for women if mortality rates remain the same as they were in 2015.
For men, this was the first fall since 1993.
So much for "public health"
In a time when life expectancy rates, thanks in large part to a rise in naturopathic medicine and organic food consumption, is increasing, this trend should set off alarms for demographers.?
While the current rise in death rates is the largest for many years, there have been similar increases in previous years, in the early 1950s and again in the late 1960s. However, the 2015 death spike is being blamed on flu vaccines.
For instance, British medical statistics show in February 2015 the highest winter death toll in 15 years was reported after scores of citizens were given faulty vaccines. Death rates in England and Wales were 25 percent higher than the previous year, Daily Mail Online reported.
PHE said the vaccine administered only protected about one-third of every 100 people who received it. What's more, health officials said the vaccine did not protect against the strain of influenza that swept the country last year.
For the past few years, say health officials, the dominant flu strain has been H1N1, which is also known as the swine flu . Last year (as the swine flu did in 1976), the virus suddenly mutated, rendering the vaccine essentially useless.
In March, UK health officials warned that a spring flu outbreak was beginning to blanket the country, as evidenced by the number of patients seeing their physicians for flu-related illness which were at five-year highs. The most recent statistics show that there were 24,201 more deaths of people aged 75 and older than in 2015.
Of those, 41 percent were stricken with an underlying condition of dementia or Alzheimer's disease; nearly one-third had an underlying cause of respiratory disease – both of which were labeled a "significant increase" by health experts.
"The majority of the increase in deaths in 2015 happened during the first few months of the year, coinciding with an increase in hospital admissions for flu and reports of numerous outbreaks of the virus in care homes," said Claudia Wells, head of mortality analysis at ONS.