Close X
Get more out of WDDTY.com
by joining the site for free
Free 17-point plan to great health
Twice weekly e-news bulletins
Access to our News, Forums and Blogs
Sign up for free and claim your
17-point plan to great health
Free 17-point plan to great health

Twice weekly e-news bulletins

Access to our News, Forums and Blogs
OR

If you want to read our in-depth research articles or
have our amazing magazine delivered to your home
each month, then you have to pay.


Click here if you're interested
Helping you make better health choices

In shops now or delivered to your home from only £3.50 an issue!

Subscribe!

Flu: time to get those kids vaccinated
About the author: 

Winter is upon us, so it's time for the drug companies to make their usual seasonal push for us to have a flu jab

Winter is upon us, so it's time for the drug companies to make their usual seasonal push for us to have a flu jab. This time, though, they're targeting the kids, and those aged less than 2 years.

The UK's Department of Health recommends that only children at risk of chronic disease should have the jab, but Wyeth, the drug company, is lobbying to have the policy changed and to include all children aged under 2, irrespective of their health profile. Wyeth points to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine that shows the enormous success of a similar programme in the States.

We assume they won't be using as evidence a letter from Roche Pharmaceuticals to health professionals about its own flu jab Tamiflu. Tamiflu is given to children as young as 12 months, but there may a brake on the zeal that doctors have been displaying in injecting every toddler foolish enough to stagger into the surgery. Roche has revealed that, in laboratory tests, rats given the vaccine have been falling over dead.

The implication? Don't give the vaccine to kids under 12 months of age. Well, there's an admission of sorts, we suppose.

(Source: FDA database and British Medical Journal, 2003; 327: 1249).


You may also be interested in...

Latest Tweet

About

Since 1989, WDDTY has provided thousands of resources on how to beat asthma, arthritis, depression and many other chronic conditions.

Start by looking in our fully searchable database, active and friendly community forums and the latest health news.

Positive SSL Wildcard

Facebook Twitter

Most Popular Health Website of the Year 2014

© 2010 - 2017 WDDTY Publishing Ltd.
All Rights Reserved