|FLU VACCINE DOES NOT PREVENT DEATH|
The Lancet, "Infectious Diseases" October 2007, Volume 7, Issue 10, Pages 658-666
According to a study in the Lancet, the yearly flu vaccine does not prevent flu-related deaths in people over the age of 65. Yet, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the flu shot for the elderly to prevent death.
The Lancet Study shows that no studies have conclusively proven that flu shots prevent flu-related deaths among the elderly. Further, it says that some of the support for this practice is based on flawed data. Part of the problem is that only a small number of trials include people over the age of 70. But about 75% of flu-related deaths occur among this age group.
Other important issues are that flu shots do not always prevent infection with the flu. Worse, many of my patients talk about how sick they get when they get the flu shot.
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