double post ...
Edited by MamaMunchkin - 12/2/12 at 8:54am
The statements about the evidence of widespread manipulation and that the conclusion should be interpreted in light of this finding are quoted - directly - from the - same exact - articles linked in the initial post. I see no need for another thread.
So go get the flu shot.
Effectiveness is hardly the only factor in deciding whether to get a shot. There is safety of the shot, prevalence of the disease and harshness of the disease.
I don't feel the need to risk (and yes, there are risks) a shot on a yearly basis for something, that according to Cochrane, will lower my chances of getting the flu by 1-4% Moreover, if I do get the flu (given my health profile) I will most probably spend a week on the couch and recover fully.
But the Cochrane authors also said:
We're discussing the contents of - exactly the same - articles.
The statements about evidence of widespread manipulation is - not - about the Cochrane review in general ...
The statements quoted above are in the review on flu vax for children - as linked in the initial post. They are - also - in the the review of flu vax for adults. These statements are - part - of both reviews.