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Do flu vaccines really work?

Ok so the this question actually stems from another that I’ve always wondered: if vaccines work so amazingly well as the CDC and the vaccine industry suggests, then why do you need the same shot year after year?

Well, according to the CDC, “Vaccines wear off.”

But hold on a minute. Human antibodies normally last a lifetime, right? That’s why you don’t get the chicken pox over and over again; because the first time you got the chicken pox as a kid, your body created chicken pox antibodies and those antibodies last a lifetime. See, the vaccine industry tries to claim its vaccines work exactly the same way: They cause the body to produce antibodies against a certain viral strain. But there’s something we’re not being told about vaccines: “They don’t really produce the same quality and strength of antibodies that your own body would produce from a natural infection and recovery” (CDC). So that’s why the vaccines “wear off” and leave you with zero protection from the very strains they inoculate you against.

One of  the problems is that the flu vaccine doesn’t work equally in all people. It’s most effective in healthy adults. In young children, the flu vaccine is a little less effective about 66% at preventing the flu. It’s more effective as children get older.

After middle age, immunity naturally becomes weaker. The flu vaccine won’t work as well as it once did. But since the flu virus is much more dangerous for older people, it’s crucial that they get the vaccine. So with that said, even in cases where it doesn’t prevent the flu, it can still reduce the risk of serious side effects. Studies show that in older people who do not live in a care facility, the flu vaccine can cut the risk of hospitalization (for flu and pneumonia) by 30% to 70%. In people who do live in a nursing home or care facility, the flu vaccine is 50% to 60% effective in preventing hospitalization and 80% effective in preventing death from a flu complication. Not to mention,there may also be slight differences depending on which vaccine you get. Some research shows that the nasal flu vaccine may offer the best protection for children. But it may also be less effective than the injected flu vaccine in the elderly.

Another reason why the vaccines don’t work is, (and in the sense of the word ‘work’, I’m talking about making it so we won’t get the flu ever again) unlike other vaccines, the flu vaccine has to be redesigned each year. That’s because the dominant strains of the flu change every flu season. Once a flu season is over, the old vaccine is worthless.

So two things to keep in mind when it comes to this: first, it can take two weeks for the flu vaccine to take effect. So if you’re exposed to the flu within that two week period, you might still get sick. Second, the flu vaccine does not protect against cold viruses. Some people believe that the flu shot doesn’t work because they get sick despite being vaccinated. But in most of these cases, experts argue, the flu vaccine did work  it’s just that these people came down with an unrelated cold virus. Your Thoughts?

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