A brief article about influenza (flu) vaccination appeared in the Conversation on Tuesday night. The piece, entitled “The flu vaccine is being oversold – it’s not that effective“, states that we are being given medical advice about flu vaccination that isn’t consistent with 3 reviews of the literature which focus influenza vaccine for different age groups. The authors also define our ‘fear’ of influenza as being rooted only in pandemics and downplay their relevance as well. Sadly, the piece fails to offer any viable alternatives or solutions. It also forgets to note that the most solid data underpinning its effectiveness; the influenza vaccine.
Yesterday I re-posted a thoughtful response originally posted at the Conversation website by Prof. Allen Cheng.
Dr. Sue Ieraci also used a series of comments to delve a little deeper into some of the many complex issues around influenza vaccination which the original article had poorly explained.
I asked Dr. Ieraci if, she would consider giving permission to post some of those responses as a VDU Guest Author in order to balance this story more effectively. She agreed.
Views expressed here by Doctor Sue Ieraci, Senior Staff Specialist in Emergency Medicine, New South Wales Public Hospitals and University of Sydney, are hers alone and do not necessarily reflect any Government or Organisation’s views.