As you know, late fall and early winter are the season for flu vaccines. I wanted to take a moment to answer the question on many people’s minds, “Should I get the flu vaccine?”
Let’s set aside the safety concerns for a moment and investigate just how efficacious the vaccine really is…
According to published studies on previous vaccines (we can’t provide studies on this years vaccine because there are none…yet), here are the findings:
- Flu vaccines provide no benefit to children under the age of 24 months. In those over the age of 2 years, only 1 in 3 children received a benefit. (Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2008)
- Flu vaccine does not prevent asthma attacks. In other words, asthmatic children who receive the flu vaccine do not fare any better than children who do not receive the vaccine. (Arch Dis Child. 2004 Aug;89(8):734-5)
- In healthy adults, vaccinations decrease the risk of flu by 6%, which equates to vaccinated adults missing 0.16 (less than one-fifth of one day) fewer days of work. (Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2006)
- A review of 64 studies in the elderly showed no significant decrease in incidence of flu or pneumonia in elderly inhabitants of nursing homes. (The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 1, 2006)
This brief review of the literature was taken from an article written by Dr. Tenpenny, a physician advocate against unnecessary vaccinations. For the full article, please visit www.drtenpenny.com.
I recently published an article on our website titled, How Not to Get Sick This Flu Season. I encourage you to check it out and implement the recommendations provided.