It’s that time of year again. Our daughter got her first cold of the season this past week and it was so sad. It can be heartbreaking to see your children cough and sneeze. As a family we try to eat healthy, get rest and practice healthy habits like washing our hands regularly. But is that enough to protect us from the flu this year? I definitely can’t make that decision for you or your family, but I love to research topics that interest me and share the information with my friends. In this post I created a list of flu shot pros and cons. I hope you find this information useful in your decision making.
Pros of the Flu Shot
- According to the CDC: “A recent study showed that flu vaccine reduced children’s risk of flu-related pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) admission by 74% during flu seasons from 2010-2012.”
- A flu shot can protect the elderly and people with chronic health issues.
- Experts say the flu vaccine is safe.
- Here are some final thoughts from the CDC:
Cons of the Flu Shot
- Some experts question the effectiveness of the vaccine as the flu strain mutates every year and scientists have to make recommendations (educated guesses) on viral strains to include in the shot. Will they be right this year?
- The effectiveness of the vaccine varies from year to year. Read more information on the shortcomings of the vaccine
- Are you truly at risk of a serious illness? You have to decide if you are willing to risk getting the flu or being negatively impacted by the possible side effects of the vaccine.
- Is it truly the flu? There are many viruses out there and many can give you flu like symptoms, but is it influenza? Is the variable effectiveness of the vaccine worth the risk?
- What is safer? A vaccine filled with chemicals or washing your hands, eating whole healthy foods and getting enough sleep?
- Vaccines on the 2014 list – Here are only some of the questionable ingredients included:
In conclusion, you need to do your own research and decide what is best for your family.
What are your thoughts on the flu shot? Yes or No?
Looking for more information? In addition to my list of flu shot pros and cons, here is more information to help you make an informed decision:
- Important information from manufacturers: Influenza Vaccine Package Inserts
- Osterholm M, Kelley N, Sommer A, Belongia E, Efficacy and Effectiveness of Influenza Vaccines: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Early Online Publication, 26 October 2011, doi:10.1016/S1473-3099(11)70295-X
- Is the flu vaccine always the answer? Read here.
- Vesikari T, Karvonen A, Tilman S, Borkowski A, Montomoli E, Banzhoff A, Clemens R, Immunogenicity and Safety of MF59-Adjuvanted H5N1 Influenza Vaccine From Infancy to Adolescence, American Academy of Pediatrics, 6 September 2010, doi: 10.1542/peds.2009-2628
- Myth: Vaccinations Prevent Sickness from Hallelujah Diet
DISCLAIMER: This post is not meant to provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, treatment or services to you or your family. Heart of Deborah enjoys researching topics and sharing information for educational purposes only. Should you have any additional questions please consult your healthcare provider. Heart of Deborah is not liable or responsible for any medical advice, treatment or diagnosis.