This year so far alone, 53 children have died from flu-related complications, and the CDC has officially declared a nationwide flu epidemic that hasn't even hit its peak yet. If you say "well I don't have any symptoms of the flu" well great, that's the way it's supposed to be.
However, Copeland and her husband Kenneth, who runs Kenneth Copeland Ministries, have repeatedly told their followers that you don't need medicine if your belief in God is strong enough. In a Facebook video, the Tarrant County woman shares her disbelief in the flu. But many people go around expecting to get the flu, and declaring things like, 'It's flu season, and I always get the flu.' When you believe with your heart and speak words of faith in the flu out of your mouth, it's an open invitation for the flu to come in.
This winter's flu has been the worst in the U.S. in quite some time, with record numbers of hospitalizations, ER visits, and deaths. "You've got cancer. The bad news is we don't know what to do about it - except give you some poison that will make you sicker", Copeland said in the clip. She recently made a video insinuating that the flu shot is just a load of hooey and, rather, folks should inoculate themselves with the "word of God" in order to stave off sickness. "Inoculate yourself with the word of God".
But in a statement, she said she had some reservations about vaccines for "very young children with a family history of autism", hinting belief in a discredited study that linked vaccines to autism.
"We know what's wrong with you. And by his stripes, we were healed". "Now, which do you want to do?" One Fort Worth man lost nine fingers and both feet due to flu complications, according to KXAS-TV.
This flu season is being billed as the worst in more than a decade. Rates of the virus in California are already showing double the cumulative hospitalization rate, CNN reported.
The video received more than 8,000 reactions and almost 4,000 shares on Facebook as of Wednesday morning. Agency officials have earlier predicted an unusually high number of pediatric deaths from the illness.