Flu shots in Z

by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Wednesday, November 07, 2018, 08:17 (195 days ago) @ Charlybby

A nurse friend of mine told me years ago do NOT get a flu shot, better to get a pneumonia shot instead. Most people die of pneumonia than the flu. Almost killed my Mom 10 years ago, as she has asthma & her doctor told her to get the flu shot! She hasn't had one since, & I know of many friends, same thing, or got the flu sooo bad after the shot!:-/ :-(

Balderdash- First, the two are not mutually exclusive. Second, because of genetic drift in the flu virus, the vaccines are less effective than others, but depending on the year they are up to 80% effective. If you do get the flu after having the flu shot it would be less severe.

Consider that the main goal of your insurance company is to never turn on their check writing machine. If flu shots weren't effective (i.e. decrease their costs) why do you think they would pay for them?

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