Why I’m not getting a flu shot

Another Paleo Blog

My office gives free flu shots each year, and encourages all employees to get one. The last two years, I got one. This year I have decided not to.

My paleo journey has caused me to think more critically about a lot of things, including conventional medical wisdom. I did some research this year when my company sent out the annual flu shot email. There are some strong opinions around vaccinations, both pro and con. Generally I think I fall in the pro category, but not for the flu.

Based on the research I read, the flu shot will at best reduce my risk from 4% to 1%. Given the lack of long term studies about the side effects of the flu shot (especially since the strains vary each year), I have decided it is not worth it for me.

Here is the most complete summary of the facts that…

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