Tuesday, January 22, 2013
FLU SHOTS - HELP OR HURT?
If you go to Flu.gov we are told this:
"Seasonal flu vaccines have a very good safety track record. Although there are possible side-effects to vaccination, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration closely monitor the safety of seasonal flu vaccines".
This medical physician has a different opinion: Article Here
Recently, a wide spread medical tragedy occurred in this country with flu shots: Article Here
Here is another side of the increasing push to have every one get a flu shot, based on inaccurate or partial facts: Article Here
Facts from the Center for Disease Control stated from the Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report (the MMWR) had revised its annual 36,000 deaths by flu down to a range of 3,000 to 49,000 flu-associated deaths. The following are additional quotes from website: http://www.ageofautism.com
"So what is the U.S. actual count of "flu-associated" deaths for the 2011 seasonal flu season now over?
Quoting the MMWR of May 14, 2011 (the last Flu report of the season): "This season, 105 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported to CDC." And further when adults are also included: "From October 3, 2010 – May 21, 2011, 16,410 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations and 311 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated deaths were reported to CDC." Subtracting 105 from 311 we see a documented count of 206 adult flu-associated deaths. It will be interesting to see what CDC's computer-model finally conjures up as the final 2010-2011 "flu-associated" death tally". The full report is Here.
So what is the right thing to do, regarding whether or not to get a flu shot? First get the facts, do your own research and decide for yourself and your family. And yes, you should talk about it with your family physician.
A question we did not discuss was the effectiveness of the flu shots to actually protect you from the flu. That is for another blog and another day. Dr. Press