Do Flu Vaccines Really Work?

| 2/11/2013 4:23:41 PM

Flu Shot

Although the Centers for Disease Control has launched a vigorous nationwide public health campaign urging everyone, particularly elderly and vulnerable people, to get vaccinated against the flu, some researchers disagree with the message. Tom Jefferson, an epidemiologist with the prestigious Cochrane Collaboration, with headquarters in Great Britain, has published several systematic reviews of existing studies on the effectiveness of flu vaccines. As a recent Time magazine article details, the researchers conclude, based on the data, that there really isn't sufficient evidence to indicate that flu vaccines reduce infection rates or mortality.

Jefferson hopes to spur further research into flu vaccines and says he is not generally anti-vaccine. However, he says, not enough studies have been done to state with any degree of certainty whether or not vaccines do work against the flu.

"This is not to say that these and other studies, taken together, suggest that vaccines don't work for the elderly," Jefferson says. "The answer is a question mark. We don't know what protection vaccines offer. I don't think that's a bad thing: Uncertainty is the motor of science. We need large studies to find out."

Meanwhile, he says, there are proven interventions that do work and don't cost money. Chief among these is hand-washing.

"I think with influenza there's a feeling in governments that, 'We have to do something.' Well, you can do something: You can promote better, cheap public health measures such as hand-washing. They work."

2/24/2013 10:26:55 PM

Not only do flu shots not work they are dangerous! My 2 year old granddaughter got a shot, then the next week started having problems walking. The next morning she could not move her legs or roll over. By the time she got to the hospital, she had lost movement in her arms. The Drs said that if she had gotten there any later she would have died. She had a disease called Acute Disseminated Encephelomyelitis (ADEM). Reading what they put in flu, as well as other vaccines is horrifying! It is not worth the risk just to avoid a common virus that you could avoid by good hygiene and nutrition.

robert patrick
2/15/2013 9:15:51 AM

yeah flu vaccine really work i have used it .. i am fine due to it..... male sexual health care

2/14/2013 1:45:09 AM

I think the whole practice of flu shots is fundamentally flawed. There are dozens of different strains of flu and only 3-4 are chosen each year as the "most likely" candidates to appear that season. There is a fair probability that they choose the wrong strains. Then, not everyone gets the shot whether it is not available, affordable, or unwilling to. And when getting the shot your immune system is weakened so you are susceptable to other viruses and infections. And last, but not least by far, the incomplete coverage of any given shot only strengthens the viruses over time, with the inevitable outcome of having a stronger, more resistant virus that next years shot can not combat. This whole process will only end with creating one or more super viruses that can not be stopped by any known means and then how many people will die?

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