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Flu Shots Not as Effective as Previously Thought

Flu Shot Reportedly Not That Effective: Will You Still Get One?

Every year my doctor recommends getting a flu shot, and I obey to avoid the weeklong body-aching, head-fogging, feverishness of the flu. If you haven't gotten around to getting your flu shot yet, new research might change your mind. Data from 31 studies points to the fact that flu vaccines don't work as well as previously thought. For adults ranging in age from 18 to 65, the shot is only 59 percent effective. This news is rather depressing, but experts still say a flu vaccine is your best bet at protection against influenza.

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Harley-Quinn Harley-Quinn 5 years
I was thinking about it once and the lady at a local store was telling me what was in it. I said no. Never had this shot. I don't get the flu often. Maybe once every 5 years. Why? Because my body already has built up an immunity to most strains of the common flu. In fact I believe the few times I have gotten would have been from new strains. I don't believe a vaccine can do better then my own body. I think that if you have a regular immune system there is no need.
bisou002 bisou002 5 years
Agreed - we need an option for "I never get them!" I've never had one and don't plan on having one in the future.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
I wasn't planning on getting one either, never have never will. My aunt came down with guillain-barre syndrome after getting the flu shot, she was bed-ridden for a year. Even the CDC recognizes a link between flu shots and g-b. I'd rather spend a week laid up than a year, and I worry that there might be some genetic factor that would make me more susceptible to g-b following a flu shot. Glad to see I'm not the only one who skips it!
runswimmerrun runswimmerrun 5 years
Never had one, wasn't planning on getting one.
imLissy imLissy 5 years
this is new? I always figured they were only like 50/60% effective anyway. since they're only guessing at which strains are going around... I only got a flu shot senior year of college and before my wedding when I really didn't want to get sick. I've never had the flu though.
amber512 amber512 5 years
I agree, there's an option missing. I have never gotten one and wasn't planning on it this year either.
Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine 5 years
There's no option for not getting one at all! I've never had one and wasn't planning on getting one this season, either...
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