“The vaccine might be less beneficial and less safe than has been claimed, and the threat of influenza appears overstated.”
“the 62% reduction statistic almost certainly does not hold true for all subpopulations”
“No evidence exists, however, to show that this reduction in risk of symptomatic influenza for a specific population—here, among healthy adults—extrapolates into any reduced risk of serious complications from influenza such as hospitalizations or death in another population.”
On the question of signing the HIV/AIDS petition, Doshi responded that "Seeing how my name was published and people have misconstrued this as some kind of endorsement, I have written the list owner and asked for my name to be removed." (He declined to state directly - and I gave him the chance - that he agrees that the HIV virus causes AIDS.)
As for the flu itself, Doshi says "I don’t agree with CDC’s portrayal of influenza as a major public health threat." So he and I have a serious disagreement there. I asked if he agrees with the anti-vaccinationist who are using his writings to claim that the flu vaccine is ineffective, and he replied that while "ineffective" is "too sweeping," he has found "no compelling evidence of hospitalization and mortality reduction in [the] elderly."