Just a teensy nitpick here because you have the correct idea....There are over 200 known organisms that cause upper respiratory infections. The flu vaccine only works against the influenza virus, not the 199 other things. Every year the flu vaccine contains the 3 strains most likely to circulate. That has in the past covered 90% or more of the strains that did circulate so we expect the same to be true each year.Originally Posted by Humphrey
And as long as I am at it I will dispell the other most common myths about the flu.
I already said it is respiratory, it isn't what folks refer to as the 'stomach flu'.
It kills more than 20,000 people in the US alone every year. 90% of those in most years are over 65 years old. But that leaves 2,000 deaths a year in younger persons and some of them every year were healthy prior to getting the flu.
The flu shots don't give you the flu and placebo controlled studies showed the shots almost never make you feel bad. Most of the time people think their flu shot made them ill it is because they caught one of the other 199 things near the time of their shot. Flu shots are given in the peak season for respiratory infections.
Well, at least we should look for good research backing up the claims rather than supposed 'common knowledge' or 'ancient wisdom'.Originally Posted by Humphrey