Flu Shot or Not?

By Todd Mangum

by Todd Mangum, M.D.

It’s your body—here’s some good information to help you decide.

shotI’m continuously asked, especially as flu season approaches, about the pros and cons of vaccinations. Since vaccines were first introduced, there has been ceaseless debate over both their necessity and their safety. Opinions on the ubiquitous use of inoculations span the gamut from those who think the practice is completely innocuous, to those who believe it is downright iniquitous. Good medicine, rather than good marketing, should influence your decisions. The benefits versus the risks should be evaluated for each individual, as well as for every vaccine. Because a vaccine exists is not reason enough to get it.


This article was originally published on November 1, 2010.