You may not have heard the explosion, but it happened.
A review from The Cochrane Collaboration, a widely respected research-analysis team, went over all the evidence, and entered its conclusion:
In healthy adults, no flu vaccine delivers protection from the flu.
It doesn’t protect against transmission of flu viruses from person to person, either.
Here is another article on the study by Heidi Stevenson:
This is when the pharmaceutical industry will announce some new kind of flu, sending people into a panic to rush for the new vaccine which, coincidentally, the pharmaceutical industry will announce that they have been working on, and will rush into production in time to save the world.
Except most people are already wise to that ploy, having already seen the rerun, and having seen too much of the truth to be fooled once more by the man (or CEO's) behind the curtain.
Well that study is 2 years old (published 7th July 2010). I haven't seen a panic about it yet - and I'm curious why it's news on the anti vax website. It's hardly damning of the entire pharmaceutical industry either - it's a discussion of the efficacy and side effects of flu vaccination in healthy adults. That's all.
If you actually read the study - the full text is here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD001269.pub4/full - instead of the anti-vax spun summary of it, you can find things like:
So it made you 4 times less likely to get flu if it matched the circulating strain well, and if you keep reading, even when it didn't match so well it made you 2 times less likely to get it.
They also show that the flu vaccine costs the medical industry money (by reducing doctor visits):
Their overall summary is that the vaccine does help, but not significantly enough to warrant a wide spread vaccination programme:
And again it seems the UK National Health Service at least reads these things - healthy adults in the UK are not recommended to get flu vaccine routinely.
Oh and look there's a Aug 2012 report by the same group discussing flu vaccines for children.
if I recall kathymuggle posted it recently. This showed that vaccination programmes in children over the age of 2 was helpful (especially flumist).
Mother of two living in UK. Daughter (2007) born in USA, son (2010) born here. I'm pro natural birth, midwife care, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, baby wearing and a keen advocate of cloth diapering. I'm a full time working research scientist (physical sciences). Vaccines save lives.