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Children Who Get Flu Vaccine Have 3x Risk Of Hospitalization

June 14, 2009

The headline comes from Science Daily on May 20, 2009. The ensuing article reports on research presented at the International Conference of the American Thoracic Society that stated that children who get the flu vaccine are more at risk for hospitalization than those children who do not.

In this study researchers followed 263 children ages 6 months to 18 years, who were evaluated at the Mayo Clinic and had laboratory-confirmed influenza between 1996 to 2006. The researchers determined who received the flu vaccine and who did not. They then looked at their asthma status and who did and did not require hospitalization. The records were reviewed for each child with influenza-related illness to see if they had the  flu vaccination preceding the illness and if they required  hospitalization during that illness.

The researchers found that children who had received the flu vaccine had three times the risk of hospitalization, as compared to children who had not received the vaccine.

Avni Joshi, M.D., of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, responded in the Science Daily article by noting, “The concerns that vaccination may be associated with asthma exacerbations have been disproved with multiple studies in the past, but the vaccine’s effectiveness has not been well-established.”  Dr. Joshi, continued, “This study was aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of the TIV (vaccine) in children overall, as well as the children with asthma, to prevent influenza-related hospitalization.” He continued by explaining that this study does not mean that the cause of the hospitalizations was the vaccine, “While these findings do raise questions about the efficacy of the vaccine, they do not in fact implicate it as a cause of hospitalizations.”

– Clearly there is cause for concern here if children who got the flu vaccine ended up in hospitals three times as often! If you want to throw away your money and get your children sick, then you should give them the vaccine. True health for children comes from proper nutrition, exercise, and a healthy family life, not from a pill or vaccine.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. ahrcanum permalink
    June 15, 2009 11:39 pm

    More than likely children whose parents opt for the flu vaccine have children already at risk for some sort of other immune deficiencies which may lead to a disproportionate statistic….

    • June 16, 2009 12:26 am

      On the CDC website, it says: “CDC recommends that all children aged 6 months up to their 19th birthday get a flu vaccine.”

      All children are “recommended” to get the vaccine by the CDC. There’s neither evidence nor logic to assume that certain children are at greater risk and those certain parents are more likely to get their children vaccinated. Aren’t flue vaccines supposed to prevent the flu???

  2. Infant Hospital permalink
    July 10, 2009 9:07 am

    Many parents fear the thought of admitting their child to hospital due to some unforeseen mishaps. But one should take it in a positive way rather than fearing. Mishaps won’t happen, if proper care taken like, One must go with the child to the hospital, Should also take their toys to hospital, try to spend more time with child at hospital, tell him stories, buy a toy stethoscope and practise being a doctor etc. To get more tips on how to take good care, refer http://www.zippy-health.com/making-infant-hospital-convalescence-easy/

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