RG and Gloria, the two of you simply don't get it. If you don't understand basic chemistry and at least try to understand the pathophysiology behind the virus I have no interest in debating with a couple of people who will believe any bunch of paranoid nonsense that they can google. I, as well, have much better things to do.
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You might be right, it might be about money. How many hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent on the people who refuse to get vaccinated and then get Influenza and need medical care for three or four weeks? How many millions of dollars are lost in productivity when people can't work for weeks at a time? How many people in college aren't able to finish a semester but still have to pay student loans for the classes they were enrolled in?
The only studies that have supposedly shown the flu shot is not effective are in the senior population, which is also the one hardest hit by Influenza. So supposedly the flu shot doesn't prevent any more deaths than a placebo, but the fact is that it *is* proven to reduce the effect of Influenza in those who do get it, so that might explain part of that. And in the years where the flu shot has missed the mark and not caught that year's strain here in the U.S., the effect has absolutely been notable. More people get sick, and they get sicker, than in years where the flu shot is more effective.
David Letterman is retiring. Such great memories of watching him over the past thirty-two years!