“Flu Vaccines: Ten Reasons to Question their Effectiveness”
In the U.S., it is recommended that everyone get the flu vaccine every year. But, are the flu vaccines effective or safe for adults and children? Based on an article by Dr. Joseph Mercola, I have found ten reasons to question the yearly use of the flu vaccine as follows: 1) With each successive annual flu vaccination, the protection afforded by the vaccine appears to diminish. Vaccine-induced protection against influenza was greatest among those who had NOT received a flu shot in the previous five years. 2) In January 2015, U.S. government officials admitted that flu shots are, at best, 50 to 60 percent effective. 3) Even when studies “matched” vaccines to the viral strain, 97% of those injected received no benefit. 4) Compared to children who do not get an annual flu vaccine, those who receive influenza vaccinations have a three times higher risk of hospitalization due to influenza. 5) Statin drugs — taken by 1 in 4 Americans over the age of 45 — may undermine your immune system’s ability to respond to the flu vaccine.