Texas televangelist tells viewers flu season is not real

Gloria Copeland

Gloria Copeland in the clip. Kenneth Copeland Ministries

Jesus himself gave us the flu shot.

Commentators showed mixed reactions, but several said she was inaccurately representing Christian teachings.

In 2013, there was a measles outbreak in Texas that state officials tied to the Eagle Mountain International Church, which is run by Kenneth Copeland Ministries.

An exception is Gloria Copeland.

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Almost 2,900 people have died in Texas from either influenza or pneumonia since the season started on October 1, according to a February 2 report from the state Health and Human Services Department. "I'll never have the flu.' Inoculate yourself with the word of God", Copeland said.

One woman said she didn't get a flu shot this year after she "was sick for 10 days" last year when she got a flu shot.

Copeland suggested people attempting to avoid catching the flu repeat the mantra: "I'll never have the flu", and inoculating themselves with the word of God.

In the video, Copeland warns watchers not to believe the fact that the flu is spreading, and says "we already had our shot [.] Jesus himself gave us a flu shot, he redeemed us from the curse of flu".

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She said the faithful who don't have the flu can ward off the infection by repeatedly saying, "I'll never have the flu".

"We know what's wrong with you". "We've got a deer season, but we don't have a flu season". "Now, which do you want to do?" Unsurprisingly, this isn't the first time Copeland has dismissed modern medicine over her faith. Yes, you heard it right. "What they both said was when bad things happen we will help you through it even when your child dies we will be there for you", Trayce Chambers, president of Affinity Advocacy in Texas, wrote. So, take the word of God, stay in the word of God.

According to a former member of the Copeland church: "To get a vaccine would have been viewed by me and my friends and my peers as an act of fear-that you doubted God would keep you safe..."

The family's organization, Kenneth Copeland Ministries, could not be immediately reached for comment. Rates of the virus in California are already showing double the cumulative hospitalization rate, CNN reported.

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