Originally Posted by Mimimamaiam
She was really nice to me but made a point to tell me that they have had a couple of maternal deaths due to not being vaccinated for the flu. Ugh! Whey do they always throw that card in? Just to scare us.
I bet anything that she completely made that up. The chances of a woman of childbearing age dying from from the flu are very, very tiny.
Additionally, the flu vax only covers 3 strains of flu. Last year, 2 of the 3 strains were already obsolete by the time the vax launched. With hundreds of flu strains in circulation and constantly mutating, what's the chance of contracting the ONLY ONE covered by the vax? Especially when that strain was harvested nearly a year prior (hence has had lots of time to mutate).
Oh, and there's absolutely NO proof that the vax actually works! Most studies of vax efficacy show no impact on flu rates whatsoever.
Honestly, if anyone tries to pull that on you again, ask him/her for specifics and ask which strains of flu these women supposedly had. I feel it's important for each of us to take a stand to stop this kind of fear mongering and bullying of women.