"Listen, partners, we don't have a flu season... we've got a duck season, a deer season, but we don't have flu season", Copeland said in the video. The message from the medical community remains clear: if you haven't done so already, get a flu shot.
For Copeland, though, this is nonsense.
In a video last week on Facebook, Copeland says: "There is no flu season".
"The Bible says He withstood our disease and raised our sicknesses. That's what we stand on". He endured our sickness and raised our sicknesses, "she noted referring to Jesus". Or, at least, her interpretation of Jesus Christ. "Jesus himself gave us the flu shot", Copeland said in the video, ABC News reported Wednesday. Well, yes. Many would, of course, argue that.
The U.S.is facing one of the deadliest flu seasons in recent years.
Copeland didn't immediately respond to a request for enlightenment. For the living, Copeland believes that voicing that mantra will prevent them from catching the flu. A Virginia woman who almost died of the flu calls Copeland's comments "dangerous", and worries they might prevent people from getting a flu shot. She suggested that calls to receive the flu shot were, essentially, threats.
Regarding flu vaccinations, the CDC says: "An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal flu and spreading it to others".
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.
It insisted, in a weekly report for the week ending January 27, that "the proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza was above the system-specific epidemic threshold in the National Center for Health Statistics Mortality Surveillance System".
Her remarks come as physicians insist people get their flu shots, as 85 percent of the children who have died were probably not vaccinated, CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald told Reuters last month. Which includes giving the world flu shots.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said at least 14,676 people have been hospitalized with influenza since the flu season began in October, double the number from all of previous year and the highest ever recorded.