As the nation deals with one of the worst flu seasons in years, a Texas televangelist is saying people need faith, not a flu shot.
"Inoculate yourself with the word of God", urged Gloria Copeland, who with her husband co-founded the Kenneth Copeland Ministries in Texas.
Fifty-three children have died from the flu since the start of the 2017-18 flu season, according to the CDC. 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.
'He bore our sicknesses and carried our diseases, that's what we stand on, ' Copeland explained.
Gloria Copeland's prescription for avoiding the flu is to tell yourself that you won't get sick.
In a video last week on Facebook, Copeland says: "There is no flu season".
"Well, listen, partners, we don't have a flu season", Copeland said, according to a video that was posted to Right Wing Watch and shared by the Huffington Post. The flu is NOT a season we have here because Jesus has borne ALL our sickness on the cross.
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"We know what's wrong with you".
Eagle Mountain International Church, led by the Copelands' daughter Terri Pearsons in Tarrant County, was scrutinized in 2013 when its congregants were exposed to measles after a visitor who had been overseas attended a service.
By praying and saying "I'll never have the flu". "Now, which do you want to do?"
Another person wrote a comment that said, "Ok so if you get it does that mean you just didn't believe hard enough? Do you want to do that, or do you want to sit in here on a Saturday morning, hear the word of God, let faith come into your heart and be healed?"
Commentators showed mixed reactions, but several said she was inaccurately representing Christian teachings.
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.
Copeland's video is not the first time a member of the president's evangelical advisory board has made an outlandish suggestion.