With the flu season approaching you may have noticed many of the pharmacy stores and health clubs offering flu shot vaccinations. In theory, this injection provides an enhanced immune response and reduces the odds of getting the flu. How does reality compare with theory?
According to the Centers for Disease Control approximately 75%+ who received the flu vaccine shot for 2015/2016 will likely get sick anyway if exposed to the virus. They reported a “mismatch” between the flu strain covered by the vaccine and the actual virus. This means that doctors and scientists who evaluated the specific viral strains to be inoculated against guessed wrong. This is NOT the first time the flu vaccine has been determined to offer little benefit going into cold and flu season. Going back just one year to 2014, the CDC made the same comment about the sub par level of effectiveness because of a “mismatch” and because of viral mutations. If we drop back one more year to 2013, the CDC reported the flu vaccine was effective in combating this disease. There statistical number for success was 51% across all age groups. In 2011/2012 the overall effectiveness was 47%.
An interesting fact that was left out of much of the research was the increased correlation of getting the flu after receiving the vaccination for two consecutive years. In addition, it has been reported that cholesterol lowering medications (Statins) reduce the effectiveness of the flu vaccine and bring the statistical protection level down to 13%. With all this information readily available the medical community has decided to continue to recommend everyone on cholesterol medications receive the flu vaccine annually anyway.
The decision to vaccinate against any disease is a personal decision. The reason I place the statistical information from the government’s records is to remove any bias any reader may believe I impose on these articles. If you were asked the effectiveness of the flu shot prior to reading this information would you really have believed the BEST PERCENTAGES in the last several years would have been approximately 50% and the WORST PERCENTAGES approximately 13%. Most people seem to believe this shot is essential to prevent a flu episode. The studies seem to prove otherwise. Why is this shot so heavily marketed if it only provides a limited possibility to protect the consumer? A larger percentage of the population suffers nutritional deficiencies. Why isn’t the government and the medical community placing as much emphasis on marketing Vitamins as an essential need across the entire population?
It might be wise to ask yourself one question before you voluntarily donate your arm for this medical treatment.
Is the flu vaccine in your best interest or their best interest?