Simon Drysdale

Consultant and Senior Lecturer (Paediatric Infectious Diseases), St George's, University of London

Expertise: Flu, Pediatrics, Human Respiratory Syncytial Virus

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publication   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27695990

ARTICLES REVIEWED

Time article accurately describes distinguishing features between influenza infection and infection by other respiratory viruses

in Time, by Markham Heid

— 28 Nov 2018

"Generally accurate. However, the main issue is that influenza viruses can also cause a "cold", i.e. upper respiratory tract infection. A "cold" is a symptom/diagnosis whereas "inf..

CLAIMS REVIEWED

Misleading article claiming “flu shots spread the flu” treats opinion as fact

CLAIM
"Flu shots spread the flu"

SOURCE: Vicki Batts, Natural News, 13 Feb. 2019

VERDICT

Article claiming flu vaccine causes serious illness and death is misleading and inaccurate

CLAIM
"Formerly healthy people are suffering serious harm or even dying from taking the flu shot"

SOURCE: Brian Shilhavy, Health Impact News, 7 Dec. 2018

VERDICT