Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Debate About Flu Shots

Curious about the origins of the flu, what the 'H' and 'N' stand for, or ever wonder why researchers miss thier influenza tartget from time-to-time?  Check out this article:  The Debate About Flu Shots

The rising furor over the influenza vaccine differs from the controversy over most other vaccines because the central argument is not over the risk but rather if it works at all. Defenders insist that widespread vaccination will confer a herd immunity to the general population, protecting the weakest among us, who might actually succumb to influenza if exposed. They say that manufacturing an influenza vaccine year after year keeps the factories primed for the dreaded day a more virulent strain threatens a true pandemic, like the one that killed hundreds of thousands of Americans in 1918. But skeptics label such benefits hypothetical at best, and argue that even the smallest risk or side effect is unacceptable...

The Debate About Flu Shots

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