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Minnesota's flu shot rate is above average, but we can do better.
At 60% effectiveness and at the target vaccination rate of 80%, less than half the population is protected from the flu. We need to hold the NIH's feet to the fire on this to improve the vaccines' effectiveness. Otherwise 40% of the population is vulnerable to the flu even if everyone gets vaccinated.
In 38 years I've had one flu shot. I've had memorable bouts of the flu twice in that time frame, once was the year I got the flu shot. Actually the year I had the shot was worse than the other time I had had it. We still have yet to see reports on this years flu, especially with regards to the deaths, how many of those people had the shot. I'll take my chances and trust my own immune system to keep me healthy, which it has done quite well. Without getting sick once in a while, your immune system doesn't have the ability to build and work anyway.
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