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Bad flu season predicted — did you get your shot?
- By John Ross, MD, FIDSA, Contributor
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John Ross, MD, FIDSA, Contributor
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Per CDC 29% effective 11% in seniors this flu season said to be less effective with the known risk of GBS
An indoor air purifier manufacturer for years during flu season advertises their REME air purifier is “like a flu shot for your home”. The legal disclaimer says it is not a medical device and no medical claim is being made. The REME air purifier is not endorsed by the CDC for flu protection. Someone should look into this marketing.
Best to get a flu shot the CDC endorses and follow their guidelines and not some air purifier manufacturer. Most people that profit from selling air purifiers are not medical professionals. I sold thousands of air purifiers but I am not a medical pro. I am an HVAC consultant and offer guidance only regarding air purifier options.
No mention that CDC makes an educated guess re: which are 3 flu variants most likely to occur this fall/winter/spring or flu season,
and . . . sometimes the CDC’s educated guess is very good, sometimes not. If not, then people who got flu shots, can still get pretty sickened by a flu virus they didn’t develop immunity to as a result of the flu vaccine. Supposedly, people getting a flu shot still have more resistance or resilience to the flu viruses in general even if it’s not one of those included in the vaccine. Maybe so.
I get a flu vaccine, got one this year not long before I had to fly across the US (great way to get exposed to viruses), and guess I will continue to as long as it’s covered (flu shots aren’t cheap, or they’re not cheap in the US), but I’ve gotten the flu at least once anyway. It’s anyone’s guess that I might’ve gotten sicker if I hadn’t gotten the vaccine but that’s the current CDC position–that people are better off getting a flu shot even if the CDC chooses the wrong 3 flu virus strains.
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