Flu Shot Debate
An online article is raising doubts about the effectiveness of flu shots. On Monday, Catholic.org posted an article claiming there are no guarantees the vaccine will protect anyone from the virus. It goes on to say, in 2011, the influenza vaccine killed 51 people, created 232 life-threatening events, which resulted in 116 permanent disabilities, and required over 700 hospitalizations.
The Medical Director of the Buncombe County Health Department is urging people not to believe everything you read online. "It's very powerful, the myths and misconceptions about vaccines. I just feel that word has to get out about all the good things that comes of vaccines, including the flu vaccine," said Jennifer Mullendore.
The Centers for Disease Control says the flu vaccine ultimately prevented 6.6 million cases of the flu last year. They suggest everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot every year.