Trump's Evangelical Adviser Says Jesus Invented the Flu Shot and Will Stop You From Getting Sick

A member of President Donald Trump's evangelical advisory committee has suggested that people don't need to seek out a flu shot because Jesus will protect them from the virus.

Despite 2018 shaping up to be one of the worst flu seasons since 2009, with the Centers for Disease Control recently stating hospitalizations from flu are the highest they have been in almost 10 years, co-founder of Kenneth Copeland Ministries in Texas Barbara Copeland urged people to pray away the flu.

"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.

"And don't receive it when somebody threatens you with, 'Everybody's getting the flu.' We've already had our shot: He bore our sicknesses and carried our diseases. That's what we stand on, and by his stripes we were healed." she added.

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.

However, for those people who had contracted flu, Copeland said she was praying for them: "Flu, I bind you off of the people in the name of Jesus. Jesus himself gave us the flu shot. He redeemed us from the curse of flu, and we receive it and we take it, and we are healed by his strifes, amen."

"You know the Bible says He Himself bore our sicknesses and carried our diseases and by his stripes we were healed," she added.

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. Rates of the virus in California are already showing double the cumulative hospitalization rate, CNN reported.

Copeland's video is not the first time a member of the president's evangelical advisory board has made an outlandish suggestion. Back in January, Paula White, who heads up the president's evangelical advisory committee, suggested making a donation to her ministries to honor the religious principle of "first fruit," which she said is the idea that all firsts belong to God, including the first harvest and the first month of a person's salary.