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#1 of 4 Old 10-05-2012, 05:38 AM - Thread Starter
 
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It turns out the flu vaccine for children under 2 is not effective.

 

Over 2, it looks like the flu mist is the most effective.

 

http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD004879/vaccines-for-preventing-influenza-in-healthy-children


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It also seems the flu vaccination is not good for fetuses either.

 

Comparison of VAERS fetal-loss reports during three consecutive influenza seasons

 

 

 

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The observed reporting bias was too low to explain the magnitude increase in fetal-demise reporting rates in the VAERS database relative to the reported annual trends. Thus, a synergistic fetal toxicity likely resulted from the administration of both the pandemic (A-H1N1) and seasonal influenza vaccines during the 2009/2010 season.

 


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It turns out the flu vaccine for children under 2 is not effective.

 

Over 2, it looks like the flu mist is the most effective.

 

http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD004879/vaccines-for-preventing-influenza-in-healthy-children

 

Wonder if this is why the NHS here in the UK are going to start offering flumist to all children 2-17 (from 2014). FYI children who are otherwise healthy are not currently offered a flu vaccination in the UK. 


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Thanks for the information Kathy.  I hope pediatricians in the US take it seriously.
 


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