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Published: Monday, Jan. 7 2013 8:25 p.m. MST

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Brigham City, UT

From local network news this morning: "The University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy just finished up a study looking over about 75 years of influenza cases. They explain the current vaccine is like owning an iPhone 1 in an iPhone10 world. Bottom line, it is outdated... Doctor Michael Osterholm who specializes in infectious diseases looked at flu cases from 1936 -2012. He found the vaccine is only 59% effective in healthy adults 18-64. The data was inconsistent for ages 2-17 and in the elderly 65 and older the vaccine reached what they called "paucity" or a very small number. Osterholm in an interview said, "Our problem: we have limited evidence they work well in people over age 65 or people with health problems."

Could it be flu shots are more about fear and money than about effectiveness?

Colorado Springs, CO

Then don't get the shot!

St. George, UT

I got the shot. Still got this flu. Sick for 10 days with all of the listed symptoms.

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