One of Trump's religious advisors posted a video tirade against flu shots

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           Trump Evangelical Adviser Says You Don’t Need Flu Shots If You Have Jesus
       By Farron Cousins

A controversial minister linked to President Donald Trump said flu shots aren't necessary when you have Jesus. "Jesus himself gave us the flu shot", Copeland said in the video, ABC News reported Wednesday. Back in 2013, her husband Kenneth Copeland, Gloria's fellow co-founder in Texas' Kenneth Copeland Ministries, encouraged his congregation to avoid receiving vaccines and instead place their faith in Jesus to protect them, Right Wing Watch reports. The show played an interview with the daughter of a Louisiana woman named Bonnie Parker who said Parker had refused to seek medical treatment for her cancer because of the Copelands' teachings.

'Well, listen partners, we don't have a flu season, we've got a duck season, a deer season, but we don't have a flu season, and don't receive it when somebody threatens you with "everybody's getting the flu,"' she said, first naming periods of time during the year when hunters can legally shoot game.

'Jesus himself gave us the flu shot, ' she told the masses in a video posted to Facebook last week, advising people to 'inoculate yourself with the word of God'.

Praying for those with the flu, Copeland provided an innovative spin to anti-vaccination sentiment, encouraging people to "inoculate yourself with the words of god" by repeating that they did not have the symptoms of the flu. In fact, she says she doesn't believe there's such a thing as a flu season. "We simply didn't do it". "Just keeping saying that. That's the way it's supposed to be", she said. 'I'll never have the flu.

The family's organization, Kenneth Copeland Ministries, could not be immediately reached for comment.

Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in young children than in adults. One Fort Worth man lost nine fingers and both feet due to flu complications, according to KXAS-TV.

According to the CDC, thousands of people in the US have been hospitalized with the flu since the season began in October. The number of hospitalizations is even getting close to those seen in the 2009 swine flu outbreak.

Last week, the CDC said flu hospitalizations have reached their highest point in almost a decade, and that 48 states are experiencing widespread illnesses due to the virus.



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