Kids Need Flu Shot Even if They Had One Last Year

Kids Need Flu Shot Even if They Had One Last Year Composition of Flu Vaccine Is the Same for 2 Seasons in a Row, but Annual Vaccination Still Needed WebMD...

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Mr Awesome - 8/23/2012 10:47 AM
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You do realize that the flu vaccine only has a 1.5% real risk reduction, right? The 60% reduction quoted by the CDC and the media is a relative risk reduction. The vaccine only prevents Type A or Type B Influenza in 1.5 out of 100 vaccinated adults. Only 2.7% of illnesses reported as the flu are Type A or Type B strains (they only types included in the vaccine). The majority of these illnesses are not influenza, but flu-like illnesses either from other viruses or bacteria, or influenza that is not Type A or Type B. The vaccine does nothing for these cases. That's how the the 60% number came about; Out of the 2.7% of adults who contract true Type A or Type B Influenza, the vaccine prevents 60% of them, dropping the number form 2.7 out of 100 to 1.5. The Lancet studied the vaccine and concluded that the vaccine is 98.5% worthless and there is no evidence that it protects persons 65 or older. They also concluded that protection is greatly decreased or even absent in some seasons. In other words, skip the flu shot. If you really want to prevent the Flu and flu-like illnesses, optimize your vitamin D levels to a 25 Hydroxy lab result of 50-70 ng/mL (mine is 80 ng/mL). This alone has a real risk reduction of 56%. Also, exercise (except cardio, which weakens the immune system. HIIT is a better option), adequate sleep and cutting out sugars, processed foods, and excessive fructose will strengthen your immune system. Don't forget to wash your hands with soap and water. Skip the hand sanitizer which research has found offers the same germ protection as not washing your hands at all.

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