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Benefits of Influenza Vaccines Greatly Exaggerated for Seniors

Influenza vaccines and their benefits on senior citizens have been greatly exaggerated, according to a major study of the subject published in the medical journal Lancet Infectious Diseases. Researchers analyzed prior studies on the effectiveness of vaccines used on senior citizens and the elderly residing in assisted living facilities. Studies conclude that it is nearly impossible to tell whether flu vaccines have a role in diminishing winter deaths among senior citizens at all, let alone by the vast degree often claimed in the media.

Many are aware of the commonly referenced statistic that flu shots lead to a 50 percent reduction in winter deaths among the elderly. But the study also points out that flu itself is only the culprit for 5 percent of winter deaths in that demographic. “We find it peculiar that the claims that influenza vaccination can prevent half — or more — of all winter deaths in elderly people and those living have not been more vigorously debated,” the researchers write. “That influenza vaccination can prevent 10 times as many deaths as the disease itself causes is not plausible.”

The researchers also found blatant problems in the execution of flu vaccine studies for senior citizens and those living in assisted living facilities. The researchers most significant criticism was that most medical studies have been carried out with not enough participants who are in poor health whether living independently or within assisted living facilities. The researchers also mention that flu vaccination rates in assisted living facilities have increased from 15 percent to over 60 percent since 1980. However, there has been no corresponding decrease in deaths from the flu.

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“This data supports what the naturopathic community has been saying for decades: That flu shot vaccines are medically useless,” said consumer health advocate Mike Adams. “Their promotion is based on junk science, exaggerated benefits and fear mongering among the elderly. But much like everything else in modern medicine, when you peel back the propaganda and look at what’s underneath, you find there’s no good science at all. Flu shots are a medical hoax.”

The researchers who performed this study did not recommend that senior or elderly citizens discontinue the use of vaccines, insinuating that even a partly effective vaccine would be better than no vaccine at all. Seniors can receive the attention and care they need by spending their golden years at an ideal assisted living facility. Many elderly citizens find happiness and a comfortable lifestyle by moving to an assisted living facility. They provide the medical care and recreational requirements baby boomers need. Assisted living facilities customize specific service plans for their residents, so as not to change a senior’s habits and lifestyle while at the same time catering to their exact needs. Assisted living facilities approach the use of influenza vaccines keeping in mind each of their patient’s specific medical conditions and needs. The use of influenza vaccines is a very disputed subject and continues to be heavily debated upon by health care and medical professionals.

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About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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