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Does the flu shot really work?

Discussion in 'The Poll Forum! Public Welcome To Participate' started by Kimster, Jan 8, 2014.

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Did you get a flu shot this season?

  1. Yes

    339 vote(s)
    55.8%
  2. No, I don't think they work

    118 vote(s)
    19.4%
  3. No, they are not safe

    83 vote(s)
    13.7%
  4. No, I have a health issue that doesn't allow it

    20 vote(s)
    3.3%
  5. Other: please explain

    47 vote(s)
    7.7%
  1. gitana1

    gitana1 Verified Attorney

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    That makes absolutely no sense. Then you need to not come into contact with anyone here on vacation or business from another country. Because it's not just "new immigrants" who come here.

    Also, the vaccination rate for the flu shot appears to be higher in Europe than here. Other countries don't vaccinate as much due to shortages:

    "Our current vaccination rate is around 38%, despite a flu season last year that took 80,000 lives. In the EU, the aggregate vaccination rate has been 41.8% with several countries vaccination rates approaching 70% or more. But the numbers of vaccinated people in other parts of the globe, specifically southeastern Asia, the eastern Mediterranean [1] and Africa are much less. What accounts for the disparities? Hint, it is not about money."

    Influenza Vaccination is Global, But Not the Same

    We have more to fear from a fellow citizen due to our dismally low vaccination rates than from a "new immigrant" who is probably happy to get a vaccine that's available.
     
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  2. Lilibet

    Lilibet Watching and Waiting

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    You bit on what was really a stealth political post, Gitana. ;)

    But thanks for the stats and the very interesting article. I never realized that some areas of the world have a year round flu season because of their location between the northern and Southern Hemisphere. And many countries, including Australia, don’t provide access to a flu vaccine to some vulnerable people.

    From the article you cited:

    “Vaccination programs are more complex than the lay public appreciates, influenced by characteristics of our opponent, the influenza virus as well as our infrastructure and political will. We live in a country where many of these issues have been addressed, yet our vaccination rate is only 38%. Big Pharma has stepped up to increase production; now we need to concentrate on improving global demand.”

    So blaming “new immigrants” is a politically-motivated falsehood (as usual).
     
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