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Flu season hitting Utah hard, early

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  • Ltrain St. George, UT
    Jan. 10, 2013 12:19 a.m.

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

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Jan. 8, 2013 4:49 p.m.

    Then don't get the shot!

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    Jan. 8, 2013 2:03 p.m.

    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 Bottom line, it is outdated...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?