Navigation Links
Flu Shots-Do we Really Need Them?

Annual shots of the flu vaccine are not as effective as all the hype surrounding it, according to a new study.//

Study author Dr. Tom Jefferson, coordinator of the Cochrane Vaccines Field in Rome, Italy said, "We've got an exaggerated expectation of what vaccines can actually do. I'm hoping American and European taxpayers will be alerted and will start asking questions."

The findings of the study have been published in the Oct. 28 issue of the British Medical Journal.

Influenza vaccination programs have already been established in most developed nations with several developing countries also having influenza vaccination programs in place. The aim of the program is to reduce the number of cases of flu as well as related hospital admissions and deaths.

In the United States, the flu vaccine is recommended for children of ages 6 to 23 months; anyone 50 or older; people with chronic diseases such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes or HIV; and health-care professionals, caregivers and people in the same households as individuals at high risk. In addition the U.S. health authorities have recommended this year that children aged 23 months to 5 years old also be vaccinated against the flu.

Jefferson said, "Recently there's been a real increase in recommendations to prevent what they call influenza with the use of inactivated [dead virus] vaccines."

However Jefferson questions whether such policies are justifiable because his earlier research had revealed that the flu vaccine is only mildly effective in the most critical population, the elderly. In addition he concluded that there was no good science to back new American and Canadian policies of vaccinating children under the age of 2.

Analyzing several systematic reviews on the effects of inactivated vaccines for his present study he concluded that influenza vaccines have little or no effect on many influenza campaign objectives, such as hospital stay, time of f work, or death from influenza and its complications.

Jefferson said, "I looked at the evidence described by systematic reviews and confronted it with policy and I found that there is a massive gap. Almost none of the benefits that these policy documents list are actually given by inactivated vaccines or, if they are, they are given in slighter measure."

He attributes this to the confusion between influenza and influenza-like respiratory illnesses, or inadequate surveillance systems.

Jefferson stated, "In most surveillance systems, you actually have an almost year-round epidemic which, in fact, is not influenza. It's caused by other agents."

Another health expert Dr. Peter Gross, an influenza expert and chairman of medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, N.J disagreed with Jefferson's findings.

He said, "The flu vaccine works about 70 to 90 percent of the time in preventing infection in children and young adults and about 40 or 50 percent to 70 percent in the elderly. To say that the influenza vaccine is worthless is misleading."

Gross advised, "My message is definitely go out there and get the flu vaccine if you're an older individual. If you're elderly and feel as though you're getting a flu-like illness, speak to a physician to consider an anti-influenza drug because the vaccine is not 100 percent effective in this group."


NLA
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Artificial Sweetners Not Really Safe?
2. Is Ignorance Really Bliss? – Cases of Breast Cancer in Me
3. Sunglasses Can Really Pull a Fast One on the Biological Clock, and Set a Lag in the Build Up Of Jet Lag
4. Are Near death Experience Really Just A Dream
5. What does High-fiber Foods Really do?
6. Cereal Killers: Is the Loaded Breakfast Bowl Really Healthy?
7. Do Anti-wrinkle Cosmetics Really Work?
8. Decaffeinated Coffee... Not Really!
9. Why Public Should Really Know About HPV?
10. Are Oysters Really Aphrodisiacs?
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/2/2016)... Texas (PRWEB) , ... May 02, 2016 , ... The ... a time to honor the civilian nurses that care for its uniformed service members, ... signed a proclamation in 1974 designating May 6th through May 12th National Nurses Week. ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... 02, 2016 , ... The National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) ... (“the Match”), the system through which U.S. and international medical school students and ... were placed in the 2016 Match, and 29,572 were filled when the matching ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... 02, 2016 , ... MedPro Waste Disposal, LLC (MedPro) is proud to announce ... its mail back service for an all-inclusive rate. MedPro Disposal President, Dan Hansen, says, ... to all of the clients in the country who are looking for an alternative ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... Fla. (PRWEB) , ... May 02, 2016 , ... ... fat,” wraps itself around major organs, such as the kidneys, liver and pancreas. ... Robert Drapkin, M.D ., a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 02, 2016 , ... ... Centers (AAC) event, will be held at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, ... of Social Work (NASW) will be co-hosting the event. , This year’s conference ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/27/2016)... , April 27, 2016 ... titled, "Skincare Devices Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, ... to the report, the global skincare devices market was ... anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 10.1% from ... 2023. Browse the full Skincare Devices Market (Treatment ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... Tie-up with Government hospitals as ... to save newborns   Fortis La Femme, ... collaboration with Breast Milk Foundation (BMF), a non-profit organization within ... Bank, ,Amaara, in Delhi-NCR today. This non-profit centre recognizes that ... and should be available to babies deprived of mother,s milk.  ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... Massachusetts , April 27, 2016 ... that Jeff Poulton , Chief Financial Officer, will present ... Boston, MA on Wednesday, May 04, ... audio webcast will be available on the Presentations and Webcasts ... a replay of the webcast will be available on this ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: