The push is on to remind people to get their flu shot but a nurse says doctors are being pushed to do so for a vaccine that is not very effective.
The vaccine was just 36 percent effective during last year's flu season, recalls Twila Brase, R.N. and president of Citizens' Council for Health Freedom, which means it was helpful for a minority of people, she says.
But the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is warning the public that the flu is a "potentially serious disease" that can lead to a hospital stay and even death.
On its website, the federal agency warns:
Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu.
Lookling back over 2017 and part of this year, NBC News reported in June that a record number of children - 178 - died from the flu during the peak of flu season.
The story went on to state that 80 percent did not get a vaccine.
The Washington Post reported in February on the 36-percent success rate and said it dropped to 25 percent in the U.S. against the "most virulent and predominant strain" known as H3N2.
Brase says the flu-related industry, from medicines to vaccines, is a $1.6 billion industry that is helped because the CDC fails to tell the public how inffective the vaccine really is.
She adds that doctors and hospitals are graded on whether their patients are vaccinated.
"In other words, doctors and hospitals can receive less money, less payment and black scores if they do not have a sufficient number of their patients vaccinated," she advises, "even though the vaccine may not work for a majority of the patients."