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A Problem with the Flu Vaccine

In general I’m pro-vaccine, but with caution. Perhaps that’s why I’ve never gotten a flu vaccine or had any of my kids get one. This article on kids with the flu shot being 3 times more likely to be hospitalized with the flu really got my attention.

That’s a pretty amazing difference.

This is not a huge study or anything. 263 children with confirmed cases of influenza from 1996-2006. In other words, it’s not conclusive. But it is something to consider when you’re thinking about getting a flu shot for your kids next year.

2 Responses to A Problem with the Flu Vaccine

  1. I wrote about this for Eco Child’s Play, and was criticized for encouraging parents to avoid the shot. I actually was pointing out not only this study, but how ineffective the flu vax has been the last few years.
    It’s a guessing game. And they’re not doing all that great a job on it. Why get the flu vax, which almost always contains mercury, if it doesn’t even help…and may even exacerbate certain conditions? No thanks!

    Thanks for posting this!