I was reading an article on how the elderly are less likely to get certain flu strain (H1N1) because they have likely to have already been exposed in their lifetime:
"Most H1N1 cases are occurring in younger people. "It appears that older persons, who have been exposed multiple times in their life time with various flu outbreaks, may have residual immunity of which some of it is against this H1N1 flu strain," Yoshikawa tells WebMD."
Flu vaccines are not very effective in the elderly.
Are those who vaccinate for the flu cutting off their noses to spite their face? Would it actually be wiser, looking at the long term picture, to allow yourself to build up residual immunity to flu strains, and go into elderly hood with this residual immunity?
It seems pretty self evident, but I never thought of it til today. Another tick on the con side for routine flu vaccination
Edited by kathymuggle - 2/23/14 at 7:36am