Just about every year now, news organizations do explainers on what we need to know about flu vaccinations. While some folks embrace flu shots to prevent the spread of influenza, the flu vaccination has faced controversies with skeptics over the years.
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others.
Flu season starts as early as October and lasts sometimes until May. During that timeframe, older people are at high risk for influenza, which can be deadly. That's all the reason for everyone to get the shot!
Dr. David Williams, one of the world's leaders in natural healing, wrote that the push for everyone to get flu vaccinations each year makes his blood boil. He's among the skeptics that say flu shots don't work and that pharmaceutical companies are simply after our dough.
He compiled a list of other resources claiming that flu vaccines don't actually work in everyone. The vast majority of these claims are not backed up by science.
And research published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine similarly reports that there has been no decrease in deaths from influenza and pneumonia, despite the fact that vaccination coverage among the elderly has increased from 15 percent in 1980 to 65 percent today.
But the virus that has been used in flu vaccinations is being swapped out next year. Yes, some people were not actually protected by the flu vaccination, but this big change will help that. The change will most likely take effect in 2017.