In 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy saying, “[In] this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” But in 2018, there seems to be one more certainty we can add to that list – the age-old flu shot debate.
The flu shot debate was especially spurred on after an interview on Sirius XM between Opie Radio and President Donald Trump. Regardless of where you stand on the political spectrum, the pro-vax-anti-vax battle has long existed. But in response to the question, “Donald, do you get the flu shot every year?” President Trump replied:
“No… I’ve never had one. And thus far I’ve never had the flu. I don’t like the idea of injecting bad stuff into your body. And that’s basically what they do. And [latest flu vaccine] has not been very effective to start off with… But I’ve never had a flu shot and I’ve never had the flu… I have friends that religiously get the flu shot and then they get the flu. You know, that helps my thinking. I’ve seen a lot of reports that the last flu shot is virtually totally ineffective.”
What You Need to Know About Flu Shots
President Trump presents his views very simply and you have to agree with him, at least to some degree. A lot of people share his opinion, too, and are choosing not to get their annual flu shot. For some, it’s because of the mounting body of evidence pointing towards the health risks vaccines pose. For others, it’s the proven ineffectiveness of yearly flu shots.
In fact, surveys have revealed that up to 70 percent of Americans do not want to get a flu shot, even in pandemic years.[2,3] Moreover, 60 percent of health care professionals do not want to get influenza shots and are concerned about the vaccine’s ineffectiveness and side effects.
Many times, people think they’ve gotten the flu when, in reality, they have simply come down with a flu-like illness. Just read this, courtesy of the National Vaccine Information Center:
“Over 200 viruses cause influenza and influenza-like illness, which produce the same symptoms (fever, headache, aches and pains, cough and runny noses). Without laboratory tests, doctors cannot tell the two illnesses apart. Both last for days and rarely lead to death or serious illness. At best, vaccines might be effective against only influenza A and B, which represent about 10% of all circulating viruses.”
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