But Texas televangelist Gloria Copeland thinks there's nothing to worry about. "We got a duck season, a deer season, we don't have a flu season", Copeland said. "He redeemed us from the curse of flu". I'm asking you Lord with your supernatural power, to heal them now from the top of their head to the soles of their feet, flu I bind you off of the people in the name of Jesus, ' she began. The flu vaccine does not guarantee against illness, but experts say data suggests vaccinations make the flu milder.
The wealthy Copelands were featured in a 2015 segment in the HBO show "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver" that accused televangelists of taking advantage of vulnerable followers.
"We know what's wrong with you".
Copeland adds that if "somebody threatens you" by noting the spread of the flu virus, rest assured that, "we've already had our shot". "Now, which do you want to do?" Copeland once told a woman with cancer that she could either take "some poison" that will make her sicker, or she could go to church and be healed by the word of God. "If however, you do get the flu, you can overcome it!" At the time, the church was linking vaccinations to autism and teaching parents how to access vaccination exemption forms.
"That's great - that's the way it's supposed to be", she continued. Just keep saying that.
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She then prays for those with the flu, at one point directly addressing the virus.
Televangelist Gloria Copeland is drawing criticism for advising people to "inoculate" themselves with the word of God in regards to the flu. "Inoculate yourself with the word of God".
But "not everyone with flu will have a fever", according to the CDC.
At least 126,117 cases of the flu have been confirmed this flu season, with experts predicting that by the end of the season the number of cases may match the 710,000 hospitalizations from the flu. A report for the week ending January 20 shows the rate of people seeking care is on a par with that of the swine-flu pandemic of 2009.