Monday, November 7, 2016

Speculation of serial flu shots limiting body’s ability to fight future strains

There are two people in the world those that get flu shots and those that don’t. The people that are against getting the flu shot may have some recent research that supports their argument. Physicians, scientist, and public health officials are huge proponents of the flu shot and state that flu shots can be potential life savers. But some researchers in Canada are uncovering hints that serial vaccination may limit the ability to fight off future virus strains.

Danuta Skowronski an epidemiologist at the British Columbia Center for Disease Control and Prevention published a study this year showing that people that received the vaccination in 2012,2013,2014 and appeared to have higher risk of being infected with the prominent 2014-2015 flu strain.

In October 40 scientist from around the world met and discussed this topic. Researchers concluded that this research is preliminary thus many scientists do not want to overreact to it and change protocols or recommendations but are understanding that it is worth further investigation.
More studies are underway in Canada, U.S. and Europe pertaining to serial flu vaccines. Quebec in particular has already begun reanalyzing its multi-million dollar flu vaccination program to optimize the program and look into possible shortcomings of its current implementation.

-Vander Harris

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