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“Flue Vaccines: The bottom Line”

With flu season upon us again, watch out for false claims and unsupported exaggerations.  So, what is the bottom line on the effectiveness of the flu vaccine?  Over 100 million Americans get flu shots annually, because they have been convinced by marketing they are doing a good thing.  The CDC publicly asserts that 36,000 Americans die every year from the flu.  But, according to CDC records, more Americans die from asthma and malnutrition than from flu.  In a study published in The Lancet, researchers found no evidence that influenza vaccines prevent flu in children younger than 2 years old.  The 2004 Cochrane Collaboration study analyzed all relevant influenza vaccine studies during the past 40 years and researchers found that in healthy adults under 65 years of age, flu vaccination did not affect hospital stay, time off from work, or death from influenza and its complications.  The authors of this study concluded, “universal immunization of healthy adults is not supported” by the data.

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