I am not a believer in the flu shot. If you are — great. Whatever makes you feel comfortable. But don’t try to convince me it “works” or that it doesn’t make you sick, because I’m not buying it. There’s plenty of research out there stating that flu shots are ineffective. (And of course, believers in flu shots can counter me with studies saying it is. I’ve worked in the media and I know there is a study to support any and every point of view). Regardless, I think the flu shot is a crapshoot at best. And right about now I am really glad I am not a resident of NJ. From CNN.com:
New Jersey on Friday became the first state to require flu shots for preschoolers, saying their developing immune systems and likelihood of spreading germs make them as vulnerable to complications as the elderly…
A health advisory board Monday backed the new requirements on a 5-2 vote with one abstention after parents said they worried about the safety of giving young children dozens of vaccine doses.
I would be livid if I were a parent in NJ.