In retrospect, h1n1 turned out to be milder than seasonal influenza, the vaccine turned out to be ineffective (a Canadian study actually reported that being inoculated for both seasonal flu and h1n1 INCREASED chances of developing h1n1!), and the vaccine manufacturers were left with millions of doses of surplus flu vaccines that nobody wanted.
So they didn't bother to reformulate the vaccine for the 2011-2012 season, and announced that everyone need to get it again, but it was too late--too many people had figured out the truth, as published by the Cochrane Collaborative:the flu shot simply doesn't work as marketed.
In my opinion, there have been several good things that have come of this:
1) People have FINALLY learned to wash their hands and to keep sick children home from school,
2) People have learned that they can survive the flu, that the fear drummed up by the media is usually worse than the actual flu
3) People have stopped blindly trusting the FDA, the CDC, the pharmaceutical ads in the media, and their doctor's, and have started to educate themselves about their own health.
I wonder if the Cochrane Collaborative will come out with a study on the effectiveness of DTaP.
And isn't it amazing that the doctors don't know that you can go to a lab for pertussis testing rather than the MUCH more expensive ER?
(edited for clarification)
Edited by Taximom5 - 5/15/12 at 6:13am