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Less than half of doctors opt for flu shot

December 10, 2008 by  

Doctors do not practice what they preachMedical professionals are insistent that the flu shot is crucial for their patients – then why do only 40 percent of doctors get the shot themselves?

That is the question posed in an ABC News report, which points out that physicians and nurses who encourage a behavior in patients should set a good example by taking their own advice.

Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that approximately four in 10 healthcare professionals received an influenza vaccination during the 2006-07 flu season.

"If a [person] is not ready to take the vaccine themselves, they are not ready to become an advocate for the vaccine among patients," Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt Medical School told the news provider, commenting on the findings.

He called the statistics "abysmal" and suggested that these professionals were not meeting their "professional and ethical responsibility."

Flu shots have attracted controversy for a variety of reasons, including those who question whether or not they are actually effective.

In 2007, research published in the Lancet suggested that figures regarding the number of deaths which the shots have prevented have actually been overestimated.

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  • Anthony

    Thought, could it possibly be the MERCURY, not to mention all the junk that don’t work?

  • G Nubie

    Interesting article, but the lack of source links weakens credibility. Too bad.

  • Judy

    Dont know if it is true but it doesn’t really surprise me.

  • S C Mailen, Jr.

    Consider for a moment that not all MDs have been brainwashed by their training. It shouldn’t take long for a doctor to know effective flu shots are. Is it not safe to say that they do not line up to take flu shots because they are N O T effective or reliable?
    Please remember that if your immune system is strong, you can fight off most illnesses. You don’t have to go to medical to know that. And, you don’t have to rely on a source that is notoriously faulty and far from “scientific” [an AMA-trained, American MD]. Food for thought, people.

  • copperpeony

    I have an auto immune deficiency problem. I got my first flu shot ever in the fall of 2008 and 4 months later I was diagnosed with polymialga rhumatica. It’s a very disabling disease that avvects your muscles and aortas. I had to go on predinisone which in itself is a disabling drug and ruins your organs.

    After a lot of research I found a scientific site that said anyone with an auto-immune deficiency dilemma should NOT get flu shots. Well duh? Why was this not on the paperwork one has to fill out when getting one?

    Other than that I am suffering a year later because my body attacked the vaccine and almost crippled me. Severe inflammation of the muscles and bones. Also heard that the Baxter Company exported flu vaccines to the Czech Republic that was contaminated with the Avian Flu.

    Can we trust anyone anymore in this country with the New World Order being implemented ? I think NOT.

  • http://DNA Buddy

    I too have an auto immune deficiency. This resulted in my getting Sjogrens Syndrome. The first physician (MD degree from Yale) to whom I went said that “whatever you have is temporary; take some Advil and call me in a year and, by the way, don’t waste another doctor’s time by asking for a 2nd opinion”.
    Well, I did see another physician. I asked if I might possibly have Sjogrens Sympdrome. The guy said “yes, my tests indicate that you do and I really hate it when a patient diagnoses his own condition”. In any event the guy cured me with predinisone. Otherwise, I would be wheel-chair bound for the rest of my life. As it is, I just broke two ribs in a bicycle accident which is better than being wheel-chair bound!


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