There is certainly a scientific debate to be had over the efficacy of flu shots. But there is one thing for sure — a belief in Jesus as your Lord and Savior doesn’t ward off the virus responsible for killing thousands each year and making everyone’s life a complete misery.
Not according to Trump’s Evangelical advisor Gloria Copeland, co-founder of the Kenneth Copeland Ministries in Texas, who believes praying to Jesus is a substitute for the flu shot.
“Well, listen, partners, we don’t have a flu season,” Copeland told her followers. “And don’t receive it when somebody threatens you with, ‘Everybody’s getting the flu.’ We’ve already had our shot: He bore our sicknesses and carried our diseases. That’s what we stand on.”
Instead, you must “inoculate yourself with the word of God,” she said, and repeat the words “I’ll never have the flu. I’ll never have the flu.”
“Jesus himself gave us the flu shot,” Copeland claimed. “He redeemed us from the curse of flu, and we receive it and we take it, and we are healed by his stripes, amen.”
While Copeland’s intentions might be good, it is worth noting that the flu shot has, according to the CDC, saved thousands and thousands of lives:
The seasonal flu vaccine prevented more than 40,000 flu-associated deaths in the United States during a nine year period from 2005-2006 through 2013-2014 according to estimates in a new study published in the journal Vaccine. This estimate represents a little less than a one-quarter (22%) reduction in the deaths that would have occurred in the absence of flu vaccination during that time. CDC has estimated previously that seasonal flu-associated deaths in the United States range between 3,000 and 49,000 people each year.
As far as we know, there is no scientific evidence to verify that repeating the words “I’ll never have the flu. I’ll never have the flu,” does prevent you from getting the flu. So if you had to choose between the two, it’s probably best to get the flu shot…
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.