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Why 64.8% of Americans didn’t get a flu shot.
Between 30 and 50 percent of all the food that’s produced on the planet is lost and wasted without ever reaching human stomachs. HT: Brad Plumer.
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“Why 64.8% of Americans didn’t get a flu shot.”
Most colleges offer flu vaccines for free for enrolled students.
This just in, 64.8% of Americans are foolish and short-sighted.
“This year’s flu vaccine is 62 percent effective…”
I got a flu shot this year — although I don’t necessarily get it every year. Had I known that the vaccine was only 62% effective, I might have considered skipping it.
Why is the flu bad this year? Only 35% of the population got a flu shot (1-.648). For those, it’s only 62% effective. This suggest only about one-in-five people (.352*.62) are protected against a flu virus should they encounter one.
I think public officials herald the flu shot as the cure-all when they should be re-emphasizing established practices to maintain one’s health. A populous that is vitamin deficient, eating unhealthy processed foods and developing more chronic health conditions will generally have weaker immune systems to stave off bacteria and viruses than a population that maintains a proper diet and exercises regularly.
It would be interesting to see the updated statistics about the percentage of Americans recieving a flu shot this year. Mass media has done a good job this year of publicizing the flu epidemic and recent reports indicate that the shortage of available flu shots is spreading.
Fighting the public fear of the vaccine would be the most useful action to fight the flu this year. In the long run, we need to focus on preventive health measures and proper nutrition.
The last link was very interesting… and terrifying.
“In the UK, seven million tonnes of food valued at about 10 billion pounds is thrown away from homes every year.” This is so sadenning. I think it all starts at home when we, as individuals, start giving enough value to the little things we think are not worth that much. Whether that little bit of orange juice left at the bottom of the glass after dinner, or that tiny piece of chicken we just couldn’t eat…there’s someone out there that wish they could have those leftovers.
“At least half are coming up positive, but a lot of kids have had the vaccine,” she said. “It’s a bit disconcerting.” It’s hard to tell whether the flu shot will actually do you any good. No wonder why so many people didn’t take it. Many of which didn’t end up getting sick. A bit bizarre if you asked me.
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