Homœopathic Links 2016; 29(02): 120-126
DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1582468
Research: Homeoprophylaxis
Thieme Medical and Scientific Publishers Private Ltd.

A Pilot Study into the Comparative Effectiveness and Safety in the Elderly of a Homeopathic Flu Prophylaxis and the Regular Flu Vaccination in the Netherlands

Gerrie Hasselaar
1   The Netherlands
Willem van Nijnatten
1   The Netherlands
Isaac Golden
2   National Institute of Integrative Medicine, Australia
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Publication History

Publication Date:
14 June 2016 (online)


A prospective observational pilot study was conducted in the Netherlands between October 12, 2013 and February 21, 2014 to measure the effectiveness and safety of three immunisation options against influenza, as well as changes in participants' well-being. It appears that vaccination against influenza may not be the most effective and safest option and that the use of homeoprophylaxis against influenza should be studied in larger cohorts.

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