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“Flu Vaccine 2014: How Good Is It ?”

Every year we are faced with the same dilemma regarding the flu vaccine.  Previously, I have cautioned folks about being misled to believe that the vaccine will give them 100% protection.  I pointed out the conclusion of the respected Cochrane Collaboration group, who came to the alarming findings on the ineffectiveness of flu vaccines and stated that it was “basically worthless.”  Even when studies “matched” vaccines to the viral strain (which is uncommon) 97% of those injected received no benefit.  Additionally, vaccinations had “no effect on hospital admissions or complication rates.”  Now, in the 2014 flu season, the CDC advised doctors that this year’s flu vaccine is not as effective because the current strain of the virus has mutated. Dr. Tom Frieden said, “We could have a season that is more severe than most with hospitalizations and more deaths.”

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