I would like to hear form those that have refused the mandatory Flu Shot. - page 4
I don't want to turn this in to a debate regarding the flu shot. I have made my opinion and until some more evidence based studies are performed I don't want to get it. Up until now I have been... Read More
Feb 25, '13 by Steve12310 years ago I heard that flu kills 36,000 people every year. If you remember it was shortage of vaccine 10 years ago. There is no shortage now, more people get vaccinated, but you still hear that 36,000 people dies of flu. What is your conclusion? My collusion is: flu shot is not effective,
Feb 25, '13 by Steve123You think flu shot is safe if take it as recommended? They recommend flu shot every year beginning from the age of 6 months old and until you die. It is a new recommendation. It translates into 70-80+ flu shots in life time. Experts say it is safe. But how can they know? Only 80 years from now, when dr able to assess people who get it annually from their birth until death, you will be able to say it is safe to take it as recommended. At this time I refuse flu shot, prefer to ware mask.
Feb 26, '13 by macawakeQuote from Steve123Even if by some coincidence the number of deaths were exactly 36.000 this year and the same ten years ago that would mean a lower percentage of deaths since the population today is larger than it was then.10 years ago I heard that flu kills 36,000 people every year. If you remember it was shortage of vaccine 10 years ago. There is no shortage now, more people get vaccinated, but you still hear that 36,000 people dies of flu. What is your conclusion? My collusion is: flu shot is not effective,
However, the number 36.000 is an estimate based on a statistical model. Furthermore it's an average for nine flu seasons during the 1990s. The range of estimated annual influenza-related deaths during that time period was 17.000-52.000. Nobody knows the exact number of deaths caused by influenza, the reasons for this are explained by the CDC. The CDC explain it much better than I do, so I've included the link.
CDC - Seasonal Influenza (Flu) - Questions and Answers Regarding Estimating Deaths from Influenza in the United States
In order to determine if a vaccine or any type of intervention/treatment is effective you need much more information and data than just the number of deaths from two different years (even if they actually had been exactly 36.000 each year). For example, some strains of the of the influenza virus are associated with higher numbers of death than others.
I simply don't think that you have presented enough information to support the conclusion you're drawing.
Based on research, there is no doubt in my mind that the flu vaccine saves lives.Last edit by macawake on Feb 26, '13
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