Monday, November 17, 2008

Flu Virus

In New Zealand, it is recommended the old people and those who are susceptible to flu-related complications .

As I work with children, I was given a free flu shot in school. Did I make myself flu-proof? I don't know, I did get a mild flu compared to last year when I was very sick with the flu.

Some people say the shots are useless.

According to Dr. Mercola, " Two years ago a study in the British Medical Journal concluded that the effectiveness of annual flu shots has been exaggerated, and that in reality they have little or no effect on influenza campaign objectives, including reducing the number of hospital stays, time off work, and death from influenza and its complications.

Other studies, done prior and subsequently, also confirm these findings.

However, preventing flu-related deaths in the elderly has been, and still is, the primary argument for recommending flu shots each year. And, according to the theory of “herd immunity,” a majority of the population must be vaccinated in order to protect the lives of the elderly and other categories of people susceptible to flu-related complications."

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