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.
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!
Thanks for the extra links. I was amazed when I stumbled upon the story.