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Personally providing free flu shots to all San Francisco bay area kids at Target -- just walk in.  Research shows giving kids flu shots can have a big effect in preventing flu in the whole region and protecting elderly.  (Don't worry, I'm not actually administering the shots :)

The CDC has designated December 2–8 as National Influenza Vaccination Week to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination throughout the flu season.  So happy National Influenza Vaccination Week.
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Thanks +Larry Page for the personal service announcement and for funding it.
Aww, dang. I'd fly to SF to get a flu shot personally administered by +Larry Page . Now if only you were personally administering #ingress  invites...
miri dunn
We get free shots in Canada- just got to your doctor on a regular visit 
I apologize for this comment being so unrelated to this post but it would be awesome if you satisfy my curiousity. When you reached the end of typing this post, did you realize you were in a dilemma of deciding whether or not to use a second ) to close the ( in front of "Don't" since the :) doesn't really count as a closing since it's a smiley
This is why Google is the best company is the world. Love you guys 
This is a very nice thing to do for our community - thank you!
darn...I just left SF yesterday
Is this a new upcoming product: Google Flu? Sounds good to me :D
More serious: nice move.
+Larry Page  that's an amazing thing for you to do! Google has to be the company with highest morals ever!
Well in Germany this is always free as part of the public health insurance. Basically all vaccinations are which makes sense if you ask me.
Why not offer free flu shots at the cinema! :)
Google people will go to heaven cause of their great deed they do. Not Like other greedy companies starting with letter "A". 
Very nice and all +Larry Page but why do you feel the need to let the world know that you have done this personally? Philanthropy with a name put to it just feels like self promotion in my eyes. It's great what you do, but why not keep it on the down low? I'm no doubt going to be chastised by my fellow G+'rs for this but I think it's worth mentioning.
+Dean Ledgerwood Neither one of those links say anything close to what you said.  In fact, the second one actually explicitly disagrees with it.  Viruses don't work like bacteria, which work slightly more like you fear.
Folks - I really don't get it. This is an offer to get a free flu-shot. That's nice. If you want one, just go there and get it. If you don't want one, just don't go there.
The discussion about the pros and cons really doesn't make much sense here, as there are good points to either side, so one might say that it comes down to what you personally believe in.

I like the idea, I think it's nice Larry makes this offer. And +Daniel Eggleton - I don't see a point speaking against the "Do good and talk about it" principle.
+Daniel Eggleton One can be proud and vocal about what one does. It's not less of a contribution because there's a name behind it.
+Daniel Eggleton because some dads who normally wouldn't let their child have taken a flu shot goes there and takes his son/daughter with him, just to meet +Larry Page. Or because it has more effect if HE posts it, rather than red cross or whoever.
Just to clarify my statement. I think any charitable donations to any cause is a good thing and especially when it comes to Flu jabs where there is a lot of confusion and hocus pocus about what side effects and what the jab will do to your child but I still maintain there is a certain dignity in doing something because its right and not needing to tell everyone.

It's a good thing, just so you understand that. I think it's a great thing that he's done. (hope that's clear now)
The vaccination does not prevent the Flu, a healthy immune system prevents the flu. 
How is this not a government service?!! Good on you man.
+Joe Napolitani you're correct, the vaccine does not prevent the flu, it does however significantly reduce the effects of the virus and in many cases saves lives (elderly, children and immuno compromised individuals).
+Joe Napolitani I'm lucky enough to live in a country where I don't pay for the flu jab. I also have a chronic illness. I'm given the choice to take the jab, I take it as for me the risk is too great not to. I think overwhelmingly this would be the case for many if the shot was provided gratis.
+Joe Napolitani we do it here in Germany for years and NEVER had problems with it. And suddenly someone says it causes Alzheimer or whatever. Well, my grandparents got flu shots, and they didn't get Alzheimer.

YOU complain about flu shots causing alzheimer, while YOUR country blasts out oil, radioactive water into the oceans. But I am sure that flu shots are responsible for everything bad... yeah...
Thanks very much. As a parent I can attest that my kids like every other kid around were walking disease vectors. Slowing this down will help everybody. 
+Igor Puschner No one is complaining just sharing information, that is what social media is all about. Sharing information weather you agree or not. What is great in this country is we still have a choice what we put in our bodies to a certain extent.
That's very cool, +Larry Page. Now how about personally looking into changes to the search algorithm that are taking food out of the mouths of the children of hard working honest independent content provider ... y'know, the people you brazenly call "partners" ...
Ryan Ng
That's very cool +Larry Page. There are not a lot of people compassionate enough to give out free flu shots to children, who happen to be the most vulnerable age group (besides the elderly) to the flu...
Larry ... , I don,t  Know  why  ( exactly ) ... , but  you,re  " O  Cara " in  Brazil ...   You,re   welcome  ,  bro  , stay  with  us  ... 
That's right give them a flu shot to get rid of what the government poisons us with, hmmmmm contradictory considering what the government dumps effects our respiratory system and causes long term cancer.
People should be aware that Blaylock may be a neurosurgeon, but he is also a known quack.

Blaylock is anti-vaccine on the basis of mercury in thimerosal, which has been pretty thoroughly debunked.  He is also anti-aluminum cookware, anti-fluoridated water, and a whole bunch of other quack causes.

But, once he's done telling you how the rest of the medical establishment is trying to kill you, he will happily sell you his very own personal brand of "Brain Repair Formula," which he encourages you to believe will treat Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.

Russell Blaylock is not your friend.  Russell Blaylock is steering you away from good science so he can take your money in exchange for snake oil.

(And, hey, thanks, +Larry Page, it's a good thing you're doing.)
+Joe Napolitani Hi, Joe, were you attempting to spell "loser" when you typed "looser"? What sources do you recommend for sound information on the science behind vaccine safety and effectiveness trade-offs? 
sites hawking vitamin supplements are trusted sites now for health advice now?  Yeah right!
the only time I ever got the flu was when I got the flu shot...just sayin.  I know it doesn't prevent it, just makes it less horrible if you get infected.  my personal experience tells me don't get it if you don't want to feel horrible tho :p
I knew before that when people get sick, they don't need to take medicine even vaccine. I mean this doctrine comes from Falun Gong (a religion banned by the Chinese government but is still active in America). They just need to practice Falun Gong. Can you believe it? 
Awesomely bad. I think I'd research what's in those year old vaccines before injecting them. Viruses mutate and statistically, there is zero difference between getting them or not.
+Karl Bunday Gee thanks for correcting my typo I can tell you are a real genius like +Chadwick Jones, Quackwatch!  what a joke just like you two. Wow, this is the first time I have been sucked into a ignorant conversation with clueless people and disinfo loooooosers.
Great hands-on and practical philanthropy
Never had flu since I have had the flu shot and I have had it since it
became available.
Jim L.
L-Lysine and go home. Haven't had the flu and haven't had a cold last more than 2-3 days tops..  Flu shot is a waste, IMO. 
Injecting viruses - to attack the immune system - and hope that it activates antibodies which attack these and (hopefully) future viruses, ... makes no sense to me. Do not harm your kids please.
well andreas your an idiot, because the viruses are dead and they inject them so your immune system can be farmiliar with that and have the ability to fight it off
I can't get into why the flu vaccine is a waste. Just google it and do the research it's readily available. The first clue was that the mainstream media was pushing it. The next was the drug companies that make the vaccine profit and their disinformation campaigns are notorious.  I mean it's obviously worked on some ...
way to demonstrate true leadership LP! ;-) help your community be strong! everyone will benefit from your kind actions, thanks for being your awesome self! 
My comments are not directed at Larry Page, I know nothing about the man other than he is a founder of Google. This is why G+ exists right?  to engage, debate and share information.
not to be a stickler for detail but viruses were never alive to begin with.
+Brian Fagioli People who don't get the flu shot are being unbelievably selfish.  If it's poisonous, I would have been dead years ago...  

Seeing people ignore real science, and willingly putting people around them in danger, especially children and the elderly, is absolutely astonishing to me.
+Andreas Tasch Yeah. And the fact that we managed to wipe out small pox and polio with vaccines was just a fluke, right?
I still wonder how the people in 1500s managed to survive all these vaccines, is there an indepent medic we can trust on this issue?
+ken simiyu How did they survive vaccines?
+Jake LeCluyse why so snotty, are you unable to make an argument against my assumption. I have one for you, I never got any flu shots and I can tell you that I am approx. 1-7 days ill per year. Just a little bit of nature and natural dirt and stuff makes your immune system ready to fight many viruses. Don't get me wrong, it is ok to take drugs if it get's serious - but you should not crack a nut with a sledgehammer, imho.
+Michael Stace  the first article you posted states: "The vaccine used in the United States and other Western nations is given in shots, which use a killed virus that cannot cause polio."

The vaccines we use here WORK... to say they don't, or in some way injure you is sadly misguided... 
+Larry Page I'm wondering if your head hurts as much as mine does when people say "Just Google it" to recommend websites full of incorrect information not based on science or rational thought. More work still needs to be done in developing the public's research skills so that most people can distinguish reliable sources from unreliable sources that happen to turn up in an online search. 
Don't Bully poeple it's sad people kill there seft
Flu shots are a joke! A big marketing scheme by the drug companies. I have never had a flu shot and have not had the flu in years. My wife and kids get one every year and every year they have the flu. So tell me I am wrong!
Michael, Ok. 650 reported cases in 2011 is not wiped out. But as opposed to 350,000 cases in 1988 I'd say it was pretty close. And you are right to think that it will probably never be completely eliminated because there will always be enough (trying to think of a polite term for "willfully ignorant"..) people who refuse vaccines because of something they once heard someone say. 
btw, we haven't wiped out tetanus or rabies either. Do you recommend forgoing  those vaccines too?
Waiting for Fox News to start railing about "freedoms"
+Andreas Tasch well you could huff dust if you so pleased but it would make more sense to give it a non-harmful version of the same virus to prevent from getting it you really must not understand how the immune system works
Now I'm confused. Sorry I'm no native English speaker, maybe I just don't understand it. The name of the site is and that is exactly what comes to my mind - they shoot the flu in you/your kids. Irony?
Jim L.
+Karl Bunday Because we should all trust uncle sugar, right?  Yeah.. w/e..  If people only understood that the flu vaccination only vaccinates against the prominent strain (which is a guess, btw. iow, they take a shot an educated guess at which strain will be prominent and mass produce the vaccine).. then they wouldn't bother getting it. Half the time, it either gives you the flu or you get a different strain.  People, wake up.. there is more than one strain of flu.  you're wasting your time and on the off chance that the CDC is right, you only decrease your chances by modest %'age. 

what a scam..
Studies actually show that non-vaccinated kids have more antibodies than vaccinated children. Elderly do not have any lower rates of hospitalizations, pneumonia, or death from flu vaccines also.
Lmao flu shots. LMAO. I have never gotten a flu shot EVER. Why would i intentionally let someone put the flu virus in me? facepalm
+Felix Berthelmann your vaccinations aren't "free" they're paying for them with taxes. There's no such thing as free healthcare, the money is coming from somewhere.
Jim L.
+Chadwick Jones are you for real? you don't believe that there's more than one strain of flu? HAHAHHAHHAH!!!
Do you think there's enough resources to make vaccines for ALL types?  And you're calling me an idiot?  You're LUCKY if the vaccine works against multiple strains and that isn't always the case. This year, it's effective against 2 dominant strains.
Search YouTube for videos on vaccines. Not good for you!
Here's an idea, give people the information, and let them make up their own minds...
I think the site is Shoo The Flu "Shoo" means to chase away
Jim L.
+Chadwick Jones . they can't develop enough vaccine for all strains. Period.  Get the vaccine and you still leave yourself open for infection from other strains and the vaccine can even give  you a mild case..

If you get it early enough and aren't already infected, you can reduce your chance against the prominent strain(s) but if the CDC / WHO are wrong about which strains they expect (and they've been wrong before), then it wont' do much good.  

When it comes to vaccinating medical staff, timing is everything and prevention is even better. I won't say that in a medical facility ANYTHING you can do on a large scale level to reduce risk is a bad idea.. but for the individual.. it's a crap shoot.  The more people you have in an environment the greater the risk of contamination. 

I haven't seen one good set of data on hospitals with statistically significant reductions in cross contamination in which the data accurately reflected every possible combination of environment variable. What I have seen is YoY analytic's on just number of sick patients with the flu with no way of truly telling how they got it. After all, family visits them as well and I'm willing to bet they are not as sterile as the staff. 

Disclosure: my mother is an ICU RN and I write software for the medical industry. 
this was the funniest I seen for ages!
+Wayne Eagles: Giving people _mis_information is not generally a good thing to do.  Alas, popular wrong ideas are often simple, intuitive, and obvious, so "make up their own mind" is a poor filter.
This would be nice for all states, but requires parents consent and compliance 
Disclosure: i am human and it is OK if wie disagree, but be respectful

Jim L.
Well +Chadwick Jones , I haven't had the flu shot in 20 years and counting. Number of times I've gotten it during that time frame? Just 1 during the H1N1 outbreak. Mine lasted 3 days while I was taking 1000mg of L-Lysine.  When I worked at a hospital in putnam county NY, I had the shot every year and every year I got it, I got sick.  That was enough for me. 
But enough about personal anecdotes. 

Look, the fact is that the manufacturers of the vaccines are often grossly off base with their predictions and that makes the vaccine offered practically useless. Aside from that, if you have a weak immune system, you have a good chance of getting it FROM the vaccine as much as you do from being in the wild. If you have a weak immune system, you're just at an extremely high risk no matter what.  Like I said.. for individuals, it's a crap shoot. Trust yourself, not the gov't. 

For all others, do a little homework on the 1993 flu outbreak and the year the vaccinations were started to be given out for free for Medicare B patients.  Oh the correlations I could sing.. 
+Chadwick Jones Over 200 viruses cause influenza and influenza-like illness which produce the same symptoms (fever, headache, aches and pains, cough and runny noses). Without laboratory tests, doctors cannot tell the two illnesses apart. Both last for days and rarely lead to death or serious illness. At best, vaccines might be effective against only influenza A and B, which represent about 10% of all circulating viruses. Each year, the World Health Organization recommends which viral strains should be included in vaccinations for the forthcoming season.

Authors of this review assessed all trials that compared vaccinated people with unvaccinated people. The combined results of these trials showed that under ideal conditions (vaccine completely matching circulating viral configuration) 33 healthy adults need to be vaccinated to avoid one set of influenza symptoms. In average conditions (partially matching vaccine) 100 people need to be vaccinated to avoid one set of influenza symptoms. Vaccine use did not affect the number of people hospitalised or working days lost but caused one case of Guillian-Barré syndrome (a major neurological condition leading to paralysis) for every one million vaccinations. Fifteen of the 36 trials were funded by vaccine companies and four had no funding declaration. Our results may be an optimistic estimate because company-sponsored influenza vaccines trials tend to produce results favorable to their products and some of the evidence comes from trials carried out in ideal viral circulation and matching conditions and because the harms evidence base is limited..
Thank you for your generosity Larry!, +Joe Napolitani the articles you posted indicate that vaccines do not cause viruses to adapt or change to become more virulent on the contrary it is places that do not vaccinate that see virulent strains frequently. 
I give up. How do you get the +name links in a reply?
Jim L.
+Chadwick Jones Just saw your edit in one of your above posts citing that we do similar work. I harbor no ill feelings towards you at all. Don't even know you. Good luck out there.
I'm not completely against vaccinations. They are necessary for the big diseases etc. But feeding on hypocondreacs(sp) is just wrong.

Like i said i've never gotten thoughs kind of shots and never take anything unless absolutely necessary. I get sick MAYBE once a year. Sniffles for a day or two here and there. I even have heart problems that should compromise me and put me in the "high risk" zone. But i dont seem to get anything and if i do it lasts a day hhhmmmm scratches head
Jim L.
+Jim Fortune just type  a + with no spaces and then the name of the person.
+Stephen Harman  I would say it's doubtful they are giving out the Thimerosal free ones as the multi-use vials (generally) used in public vaccinations like this do contain Thimerosal. The single dose vials and the live attenuated vaccine (the nasal spray) are both Thimerosal free.  Regardless, Thimerosal has always been shown to be safe.
+Jim Losi Thanks! I tried copy and paste (I'm rather lazy) and searched all over for some kind of tutorial...
Because mercury is part of your RDA of what?
Probability and statistics math classes should be required in public school.

"I've done x twice and had outcome y each time" reminds me of a specific Monty Python sketch... Need to go wrench my mind back up to the sidewalk now.
I have the flu,,,, I can beat it without a flu shot,,,, how do I know that that so called medicine is not small poks Or even aids or HIV or you get the pic 
OMG.. it's amazing how many people BLINDLY follow the media and big pharma.. 
Do you really think these 'people' (google search: MJ12) really have the populations best interests in mind. Seriously!

Or just go back to being sheep.
+Sajive Fernando Because no one has any reason to want to breed small pox and inject it into people for no reason. That is dumb.
Not the media,,,, how do I know ,,, basic truth ,,,,bury my heart at wounded knee 
And nobody wanted to push a fella on to a train track in NYC

+Sajive Fernando Colonists gave Indians the small pox because they wanted their land. Chances are they already have all the land they want and would like you to remain healthy to maximize the amount of income tax you will end up paying.
mr larry page,i can not visit my gmail in china.this has prevented me from finishing my i can solve this problem pls?
Science > beliefs and "just a thoughts"
good work Larry
And I live in Staten Island ,,, just beaten by a HAARP hurricane
Haha thats funny thats that is posted because i am sick right now! What are the odds of me seeing this right now. I should probably get a shot soon.
You guys rock! This discussion has been interesting to say the least...
If they new the truth ,,,,, why would they tell you,,,, 
I like to get my Flu shot the old school way. By going out with no jacket in winter. : )
Free shots!!..Perfect timing to put a long term viruses to weaken down the immune system..Wohooo!! Looks to me a perfect way to ensure long term business profit for the medical industry…Thank you, but no thank you …
I think flu shots will be another (toothpaste-antifreeze epidemic) in other words, depopulation control.  Think about it they promote the elderly and the babies (the beginning and the end) !
"Gee, thanks!" - the rest of the world
In other news AVN is now trying to block Google
Please tell me more about how your personal experiences make a good hypothesis test for rejecting the effectiveness of vaccines for the entire population.
The efficacy of the flu vaccine along with the side effects have meant it
has been withdrawn in parts of Europe.
Only the uninformed will get vaccine poisoning. 
If like most flu shots, they contain mercury, that can give horrible disorders like autism, I would have the flu a million times for an autistic person I know to speak and live a good life
+Chadwick Jones it's the inactive ingredients that worry me not the vaccine. I'm pro vaccine and western medicine but the artificial color and flavor and thimerosal are what I don't want. 
It was not phased out as a vaccine preservative a decade ago. The multi
shot v vials still contained it last year. The single ones don't.
I AGREE the MMR autism link hoax was very damaging and often wonder why
that ex doctor is still able to speak on this subject in the USA
Niyas C
Great work! thanks
Work fr public......................for what google is known   :)
Thanks, but I'd like to know what preservative they use for that non-critical vaccination.

A lot of vaccination manufacturers seem to use Mercury or Formaldehyde as a preservative, which is either careless or nefarious.

Excuses I've heard so far was, that the amount of Mercury is sooooo small...  but since Mercury and other heavy metals produce a cumulative poisoning effect over time, I would advise strongly against such vaccinations.

Mercury is the second most toxic metal known to man, right after Plutonium.  It gets stored in your brain, where it kills synapses, messes up the endocrine balance and prevents new synapses from forming.  Further, it'll slowly kill your Liver, your Kidneys, your digestive system, its hard to remove and even gets stored in your bone marrow. It damages your DNA. Finally, it causes auto-immune diseases, MS, Dementia and many other debilitating diseases with strange names.

So people, I'm not against vaccinations, but you better pick your vaccine supplier wisely and really KNOW whats in it.

Just check YouTube for "Mercury", "Formaldehyde", and otherwise stick to really essential vaccinations. 

If you're really old and not well, a flu shot might be "essential" for you.  But if you're young and healthy, don't get every random shit injected, especially not without reading the label yourself first.

You'll be surprised how many doctors will nonchalantly tell you "oh, its fine, don't worry about it."  These are the same guys who used to poison you with questionable pills and salves sold from the back of a horse carriage a century ago.  If the stuff had no effect at all, you got lucky.
Do Not Trust the CDC, they are not your friends.  Just go look who's in control of the CDC and you'll be surprised.
Why won't the CDC release documents requested over 7 years ago under the FOIA? In the UK they recently got the vaccine info that has been kept from the public. Google it :-) Yay for the UK! Boo for the US hiding information, we are NOT SHEEP!!
How about buying Monsanto and Dupont and running them to the ground instead? 
+John Benussi +Jim Losi +John Downing +Joe Napolitani  Of course nobody is going to convince you that you are wrong... but I would challenge you to do some real, unbiased, scientific research.  I will do the same.  Prove yourself wrong.. if you honestly can't, then I will applaud your efforts.

My current view on this:  Vaccinations are to protect you from seriously contagious viruses -- but more importantly, they are to protect the people around you (especially babies and elderly).  Before vaccines, people routinely died of serious diseases like polio.  Before vaccines, the average life span was lower than it is today.  Before vaccines, kids had autism.

It's a scientific fact that being vaccinated against a virus using a dead virus gives your immune system a head start in fighting off the real deal.  Period.  You don't have to look any farther than how vaccinations eliminated:


Or measels:

Or rubella:

If you don't vaccinate, you are doing your neighbours, your city, the country, and the world a disservice.  

But of course, there is no way you would possibly agree with that statement until you have finished your research ;)
+Jonathan Gullett

Mercury poisoning (also known as hydrargyria or mercurialism) is a disease caused by exposure to mercury or its compounds. Mercury (chemical symbol Hg) is a heavy metal occurring in several forms, all of which can produce toxic effects in high enough doses. Its zerooxidation state Hg0 exists as vapor or as liquid metal, its mercurous state Hg22+ exists as inorganic salts, and its mercuric state Hg2+ may form either inorganic salts or organomercury compounds; the three groups vary in effects. Toxic effects include damage to the brain, kidney, and lungs.[1] Mercury poisoning can result in several diseases, including acrodynia (pink disease),[2] Hunter-Russell syndrome, and Minamata disease.[3]
Symptoms typically include sensory impairment (vision, hearing, speech), disturbed sensation and a lack of coordination. The type and degree of symptoms exhibited depend upon the individual toxin, the dose, and the method and duration of exposure.

Mercury also has a nice track record of grinding your body's built-in toxin removal system to a halt.

The information can be read up on anywhere. If your life, your mental capacity and your health is worth the time to you, that is.
+John Benussi Can you point me to some scientific research about how the "reduction in poverty" between 1964 and 1968 wiped out these diseases?  

Also, please provide some examples of number fudging from my sources so I can investigate.  I can't find any evidence of HHS providing false/misleading information.
Say it isn't so +Larry Page , why are you doing this, guess they got you too, oh well...
@ Garett Rogers  "Breast milk and infant formula both have more mercury"  That is a blatant lie, unless you're talking about a mother who is toxic, cause she has her mouth full of amalgam fillings...

Also, ingestion is very different from injection. Far less of the mercury ingested is retained, in comparison to injection or inhalation of mercury vapor from even 25 year old amalgam fillings. (see the congressional hearing related to this)

Its also not really a question of what has "more" in it;  what counts is avoiding the accumulation.  

I recently saw a government statistic, stating that 370 tons of mercury are released into the environment from industrial plants every year.  So that would mean there's a lot of Mercury to go around to make everybody ill.

Does that mean you should inject yourself with mercury laden non-critical vaccines?  Not really, because the effect is cumulative, and the more mercury is in your system, the more your body's ability to remove it grinds to a halt.

At what point do you reach your individual breakdown point where minor effects turn into major disease?  Nobody can tell you, its like playing Russian roulette.  Avoidance is still the way to go, even if its impossible to avoid all.
Flu shots are for fools only. Don't be a fool...
That's absolutely awesome! Thanks for giving back to the community.
I don't get flu shots....know it's a point of contention with some people but why infect yourself with a virus that will make you feel lousy.  Never had the flu in my life....unless you have a really low and susceptible immune system, don't get one....!!!!
Roger Berstein is an idiot.  He gets the flu and exposes and elderly person to the flu, this could mean the death of an elderly person.  What about a child with asthma, again this could be deadly.  Roger get a flu shot.
If u can provide free flu shots to Indian kids ,I will be obliged
Larry is providing it to everyone...they just have to walk in the designated place to get it.
+Larry Page sometimes I can't help but think that you at #Google won't be happy until everyone is healthy happy and intelligent. Thanks for the info
Jade Wu
God bless you
Here in Britain we get our flu shots free on the NHS, so we don't have to rely on the very kind philanthropy of the few.
Whilst I'm almost sure that flu shots are big profit for big pharma, we must not forget the scientists who developed other cures and have been attacked by corrupt FDA etc. Google "Royal Raymond Rife" and how he could cure a LOT of diseases simply by using proper frequencies. His microscope he built is still unsurpassed.
Sorry Alexander, but that sounds like a dangerous delusion to me.
@ Jonathan Gullett 

You're seriously going to compare oxygen, hydrogen and chlorine to mercury... emanating disinformation much?

And you're a biochemist in a military uniform!  Is there anything scarier than that?  Nothing but atrocities can be found in papers and history books, when the military mingles with life sciences. On what poor souls are you planning to use your new skills?

To top it off, you're asking Larry Page to "sensor" (that spells censor btw) anyone you claim is lying. Can't be long before you have the national guard enforce flu immunizations.  horrific...

People should only get a particular immunization when all details are disclosed, and individual tests are done to exclude the possibility of an adverse reaction due to genetic disposition.
Good one, Larry Page. :)
Thank you.  I am impressed by your generosity. 
I don't blame you. Every year I get a flu shot I end up either getting the flu or worse. This will be my last year getting it.
What a great service to the Society.Keep it up. is absolutely not a site to be trusted for information about any medical issue. College-educated persons should readily be able to find better sources with simple Google searches, if Google is doing its job of indexing sites adequately. 
from FB... ONIONS! I had never heard this!!!

In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu...
Many of the farmers and their families had contracted it and many died.

The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). The doctor couldn't believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She gave him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the bacteria, therefore, keeping the family healthy. 

Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser. She said that several years ago, many of her employees were coming down with the flu, and so were many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick. It must work. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu. 

Now there is a P. S. to this for I sent it to a friend in Oregon who regularly contributes material to me on health issues. She replied with this most interesting experience about onions: 

Thanks for the reminder. I don't know about the farmer's story...but, I do know that I contacted pneumonia, and, needless to say, I was very ill... I came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion put it into an empty jar, and place the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs...sure enough it happened just like that...the onion was a mess and I began to feel better. 

Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties. 

This is the other note. Lots of times when we have stomach problems we don't know what to blame. Maybe it's the onions that are to blame. Onions absorb bacteria is the reason they are so good at preventing us from getting colds and flu and is the very reason we shouldn't eat an onion that has been sitting for a time after it has been cut open. 


I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products, Makers of mayonnaise. Questions about food poisoning came up, and I wanted to share what I learned from a chemist.

Ed, who was our tour guide, is a food chemistry whiz. During the tour, someone asked if we really needed to worry about mayonnaise. People are always worried that mayonnaise will spoil. Ed's answer will surprise you. Ed said that all commercially-made mayo is completely safe.

"It doesn't even have to be refrigerated. No harm in refrigerating it, but it's not really necessary." He explained that the pH in mayonnaise is set at a point that bacteria could not survive in that environment. He then talked about the summer picnic, with the bowl of potato salad sitting on the table, and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when someone gets sick.

Ed says that, when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials look for is when the 'victim' last ate ONIONS and where those onions came from (in the potato salad?). Ed says it's not the mayonnaise (as long as it's not homemade mayo) that spoils in the outdoors. It's probably the ONIONS, and if not the onions, it's the POTATOES.

He explained onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion.. He says it's not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator.

It's already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit, that it can be a danger to you (and doubly watch out for those onions you put in your hotdogs at the baseball park!). Ed says if you take the leftover onion and cook it like crazy you'll probably be okay, but if you slice that leftover onion and put on your sandwich, you're asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist potato in a potato salad, will attract and grow bacteria faster than any commercial mayonnaise will even begin to break down.

Also, dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions.

Please remember it is dangerous to cut an onion and try to use it to cook the next day, it becomes highly poisonous for even a single night and creates toxic bacteria which may cause adverse stomach infections because of excess bile secretions and even food poisoning. 

Please pass this on to all you love and care about. — with Adonain Danny Rivera.
Good to see an effort to get a flu vaccine to more people. It's not a trivial disease, especially for the elderly. It's something of a shame to see the usual anti-vaccine posts, but this is the internet.
The United Kingdom recommendations are easy to look up, as Google offers searching restricted by top-level domains. 

"What did the review of flu vaccination for children find?

"The JCVI review found that, while extending the flu vaccination programme would be very costly, it is very likely to be cost effective.
They found that it would protect children from getting flu. However, because children are thought to be good at spreading flu, it is believed that extending the programme may also reduce the spread of flu, protecting many others.

"A spokesperson from the JCVI said: “The biggest benefit will be protecting very young infants, older people and those in at risk groups such as those with asthma, multiple sclerosis or heart disease.”
The research suggests we could see, on average, as many as 11,000 fewer hospitalisations as a result of flu, and around 2,000 fewer deaths a year.

"The JCVI based its findings on an unpublished, but peer reviewed study carried out by the Health Protection Agency and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine." 
Pity! I think running into Larry Page while getting a flu shot would be an amazing experience. If not administrating, you should at least hang around! :D
Yes. I haven't had my yearly dose of Mercury, formaldehyde, and over 13 other dangerous carcinogenic neurotoxins. Shoot me up. My kids, my pregnant wife, and 90 year old mother. Folks, you need look no further than the vaccine package spec sheet insert. WAKE UP!! 
Ben, based on your political leanings, you appear to be a liberal thinker. I encourage you to simply read the spec sheets. Contained within them, you'll find some startling information, regarding ingredients, their toxicity and known effects on the human nervous system, and the lack of any controlled human trials and scientific research regarding the effectiveness and safety of these chemicals. Then if you become more interested, there is a plethora of well researched information online regarding vaccine injury and related deaths, both anecdotal and statistical. Knowledge is power friend, and I hope you decide to pursue it in this case. Now if you'll excuse me, I must get back to my patients. Have a good day. 
Tamiflu, efficacy aside, is not a vaccine; it's an antiviral.

Also, thiomersal isn't equal to mercury any more than nitrogen is equivalent to a nucleotide. Here's hoping no one looks at their table salt ingredients, there's cyanide in there: ;)
Thank you Gary. This is why basic high school chemistry is so important. Tell a guy like Roy that thiomersal is "just like mercury" and he'll believe you blindly and repeat it to anyone who will listen because he just doesn't know better.

ps. Roy, your not-so-subtle attempt to drop the "must get back to my patients" to imply that you're some kind of medical professional in an attempt to boost your credibility? Pretty lame.
+David Robertson Flu vaccines are by no means the most effective vaccines we have (see the Cochrane reviews of recent years). However, there's a fair body of evidence that suggests they aren't useless, e.g:

Properly targeted flu vaccines are quite capable of helping. Not, I suspect, that you really care.
I never get a floo shot.  If I get sick, I stay home.  The floo stops here.  If I don't get sick, then I never needed the shot.  
There are paralysation risks with vaccines. A politician in Australia was paralysed a few years ago after receiving the government flu vaccine. How would you feel if one of the kids was permanently paralysed as a result of the vaccine you administered to them?
This is a very beautiful thing to do, thank you!
Maybe vaccines are a bit like the C programming language: some people don't think you should ever program in C and other people think you should always program in C but, while there are an ever inceasing number of alternatives to C, there are certain applications where C still really just seems to be the best choice.

Speaking of alternatives,  I see a day where someone sneezes in a shopping mall, the flu virus aerosols are detected by some form of Next-Gen sequencing, and a government disease control unit shows up and sends the person to quarantine before they can infect anyone else - a much preferable alternative to yearly flu vaccines. :)
+Jolon Faichney That is correct, but only half the story and only for some variants of the vaccine isn't it? For example:

+Michelle Ma I think you'll find seasonal flu kills quite regularly, and the 1918 pandemic was positively lethal (we'll be in trouble if a pandemic strain arises again). Here in the UK it appears we're starting to lower mortality rates during flu outbreaks, vaccination is likely to play a role in that (along with housing improvements, fuel subsidies etc.)

See the ONS report on winter mortality (esp pp6-7):
Things are changing. In Spain the public medicine is not free anymore, taxes are going up and Our politicians are corrupt. I miss the past living in the USA. 
+Gary Dillon I don't want to get into a statistics debate, but the paper you linked to had a sample size of 93,049 which doesn't tell us anything about the original probability of 1 in a million.

The point I was originally trying to make (and perhaps I didn't make it clear enough) is that given vaccines have real documented risks, I'm not sure that I would want to be the one playing God with children's lives.

I personally know a girl who is still paralysed down the right side of her body within weeks of receiving vaccines (not the flu vaccine).

Which is more cruel: not vaccinating children or vaccinating them? To me it is not so clear cut.
+Jolon Faichney with due respect, I don't think you want to get into the statistics because you are unwilling to assess them objectively. I'd also point out the sample size is still very large and as the original "1 in a million estimate" was arrived at on limited data, it's rather easy to over interpret. (Or indeed muddy the waters by conflating the figures for live vaccines with inactivated ones.)

Naturally, I'm sorry you know one of the few people to experience such a severe side-effect, but life is about balancing risks. Vaccines help many more than they harm, it's a simple fact. While it remains true I'll vaccinate my children precisely because it's the least cruel option. I fail to see how a cool headed assessment of the data could conclude otherwise.

+John Benussi If no one has cared to respond it's probably got more to do with the fact you're pointing to outcomes on the extreme end of a probability curve (in something of an alarmist fashion).
Vaccinations are a PUBLIC HEALTH measure.  The purpose of Public Health measures is to protect the public, sometimes at the expense of the individual.  It is a nice side-benefit if the flu vaccine keeps a healthy person from getting a few days of discomfort.   But don't lose sight of the main purpose, which is keep your elderly father, or the person living with AIDS, alive.  How would you feel if you gave the flu to an elderly friend, and they developed pneumonia and died?  

It is amazing how greedy the anti-vaxers are. And it is starting to really hurt society.  Schools are shutting down with outbreaks of terrible disease because too few of the children were vaccinated.  

I'm amused when I read crazy misunderstandings of stats here.  A former hospital worker complained that they only got the flu when they were required to get the immunization for their job.  HELLO!  You got the flu because you worked around sick people in a hospital!  You were required to get the shot to avoid killing weak patients by spreading disease.  

The fewer susceptible people there are,  the slower and weaker the virus spreads through the population.   

Not everything you are asked do in life is for your own convenience.  
+John Benussi I think pharmaceutical companies have profits in mind, and they won't do themselves any favours if they sell products that kill and maim a lot of people. Historically, when they do put something dangerous on the market it gets found out in fairly short order, then the companies get sued.

Vaccines have been around rather a long time, and the biological principles behind them are sound. So while vaccines are not without risk, we've had years and years to collect data on them and the data shows they're normally less dangerous than the illnesses they target. Indeed, I think I've been pretty open about discussing the risk of Guillian-Barré syndrome; people should know the whole picture so they can make an informed choice.
+Carl Page To be fair, for this specific vaccine the evidence doesn't strongly support vaccinating healthcare workers. It's one of those things that should work in theory, but goes awry in practice. Of course if the whole population were vaccinated, rather than risk groups and key workers, then the effect might be more pronounced.
+Gary Odums/+Larry Page: Besides, omitting the closing parentheses when employing a smiley also messes up traditional grammar parsing, which may help to confuse Skynet's NLP.
This is great. I wish we could do this in our area.
Wow, I didn't actually think anti-vax nonsense was so prevalent. People need to learn to do actual research and not simply "Google it."
Pro Tip #42: Look at what you are reading, now look at the ads around it. Are they for astrologers and supplements and magnetic miracle cures? Guess what? Those ads found their way to that page because those companies know an anti-vax article (or the like) brings lots of gullible readers.
Fantastic gift to children in our community and their families. Thank you.
Bravo Larry! Healing sickness - or rather, preventing it, is God's work! 
+John Benussi You're entitled to your opinion, but I've professional knowledge you probably lack so I won't really worry myself about what your thoughts are. Indeed, knowing what I know, I couldn't in good conscience oppose vaccination. Yes, even as a parent first; there's no switching off the facts once you are aware of them.

Now if you have solid scientific evidence to sway me, then go right ahead and lay it down. ;)
Gotta get that chip on their shoulder, somehow.
Yeah... damned if you do, damned if you don't. I WISH I can afford flu shots for all SF kids. At least I give monthly 10% to charity: water and other causes... While we can't shed 5 pounds off our fat American asses, some children have no drinking water today... One either gives... or they have an excuse why they don't. And you don't need to be a millionaire like Larry to give... Anyone can afford 10% of what they earn.
Thank you!  It would be awesome if you made a few guest appearances at Target stores to see your good work in action.
I think +Larry Page is doing what he thinks is the best thing here, and it is very charitable of him, but I think the risks of the vaccines should also be made clear. I'm sure the risks are written on the packaging of the vaccines. Does anyone know what the packaging says?
+John Benussi Actually, I've been pretty up front and open about the risks and benefits. On this very post I've discussed Guillian-Barré syndrome and the weak data to support vaccinating healthcare workers alone. The data isn't inside knowledge, it's all rather publicly provided by scientific journals e.g.

It's all there for anyone to read, even potential conflicts of interest are disclosed (in the case of the above data provided by insurers). I hope you can see why I don't really have time for the barrage of quack websites you've linked to, their content is science free and occasionally laughably alarmist. Moreover, your reference to "injecting cancer cells", shows you don't actually understand or follow the science well enough to evaluate what a real risk is. Your FDA link is a serious project looking to evaluate endogenous viral contamination in cell lines that aren't even being used to produce vaccines yet.

Laughably this particular investigation mentions XMRV as a risk factor. XMRV's link to CFS was debunked months ago. People weren't infected with this "new and exotic virus"; it was lab contamination. Even if XMRV was shown to be infectious to people, you've cited an instance of the FDA taking an emerging threat very seriously. Far from being approved, XMRV carrying cell lines would have been banned (and human blood donors would have been screened too).

Also, I should say it's not "my FDA", I'm not a US citizen and I don't think it's a perfect institution in any case.
vaccins are poisonous to human beings!! don't you know that? get out of your dungeon, please!! Go back in the real world!
+Jordi Posthumus Ben Goldacre is an excellent journalist and public communicator of science, I've lots of time for the guy. Furthermore, while he rightly critiques pharmaceutical company science for lack of disclosure, he's a firm advocate of evidence based medicine. Consequently, you'll find he also supports vaccination:

It would be mis-characterising his position to suggest he distrusts all an intervention just because it's sold by a pharmaceutical company. I would also point out public health data collection isn't dependent on private funding. Bodies like the NAO make a good deal of statistics freely available for academics to analyse.
Unfortunately +John Benussi your graphs (assuming we can even trust the data) don't say what you think they say. At most they show disease was falling prior to vaccination but, as any decent scientist will tell you, there are a lot of contributors to decline in disease, not least proper sanitation.

To demonstrate a lack of effectiveness would require the application of some statistics. The majority of papers I've seen on the subject show statistically significant improvements...
Not to be an ass Larry,,,, but instead of the flu shot,,,, you think that a fella like me can bum a few bucks off of you
+John Benussi Took a minute to verify the graphs you linked to BTW, there was something suspect about the random years plotted. Each graph looked:

a, too smooth to represent year to year variation

b, appears to plot years at random, despite the fact epidemiological data is usually collated on an annual basis... or not at all.

Turns out I was right to be suspicious, take the Canadian measles data. If you follow the included link you can find the actual graph:

Notice how there's no year on year drop in measles incidence? The author has cherry picked data points to make it appear that was the case*. He's also neglected to mention data wasn't collected at all for a number of years. So now you've seen the whole dataset, I hope you realise you've been hoodwinked. Sorry, but Raymond Obomsawin (whoever he is) has clearly manipulated the data to the point of lying. Disgraceful really.

*NB, he's also plotted the post-vaccination data from 1969  at 1959 which is either spectacularly dishonest or incompetent.
Self promotion & boon for big pharma. Win - Win! 
David, you appear to be wearing a tinfoil hat in your avatar picture...
Md Arif
hi larry give me a chance 
best workplace and best money for worker GOOGLE have the best worker of the world IT. Why google has the best employees because google pays the highest money in the month at the world
+Robert Greenwalt And where is your citation Rob?  Just because it comes from Larry, we should stop thinking critically and agree to everything he says?  Stop follow blindly. If you still need a citation for this fact, you must be living under a rock.  Flu vaccines are bad for you, no matter who sponsors them!!
Hi Larry,
I have recently moved to the area and some guys down my way said I could call you for a good game and company. I am from the Charlotte area but play a lot of golf at Old North State. I'm pretty sure your info was given to me . please contact me if you're intwrested in a friendly match
Bo Andrew
Hey I just heard about this on the radio -- is it still on or did it expire in December?
Just answered my own question -- thanks for doing this!
Thank you very much.  That is very generous of you.  :-)
You are doing so much of good work, why dont you do something for small tech support companies running in India, your making it almost impossible for them to run their business. New policies, campaigns going on review everyday of small tech support companies because big companies are paying your Indian Google employees money, what the hell is this Mr Page?  You are really killing us.
Phenomenal idea ! I can't believe that my insurance company for the last 10+ years Aetna, would only cover flu shots given at specific clinic sites. Problem with this is they aren't in a 10 mile radius of my home, AND, even, worse, they ran out of stock and apparently despite being on the waiting list, never came up. I opted to pay the $29 out of pocket and get it done at a local pharmacy. Looking at cost benefit, and as a health care professional, it would make much more sense for any insurance company to cover this wherever it's given. Beats covering costs of flu/flu related illnesses. Congrats on an excellent decision.
Chou Chou
Do NOT kill Google Reader! It's my daily roadmap of the internet!
Leave Google Reader alone!
A really excellent job
Larry, I'm really inspired by Google. I hope you and Google will be around for years and years.
Hi Larry,

Am posting this out of frustration as I have tried going through the normal google channels but cannot get asistance. 

I am in business and have left a major franchise in Australia that do a lot of business with  Google.

I cannot have my business google plus page on google as it won't work.

I have spoken to some lovely people here in Australia at Google who have tried to help me but I still can't have my business on google maps and plus page.

Funny thing if I log on to my gmail account and mimimise the screen then go on google and type berala real estate then my page works perfectly and I am on google.
Can anything be done. 

Frank Screnci   
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