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Mandated Flu Shot: Is it worth it?

By Megan Johnson
On October 22, 2015

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Vaccines have changed the medical field for the better. Millions of lives have been spared because of these scientific discoveries. However, not all vaccines should be mandated. 

One vaccine in question is the flu shot. Every single year ,posters, commercials and brochures advertise the importance of the flu shot. The elderly and the very young are the most targeted to receive the vaccine. 

Being a healthy 21-year-old, I question whether or not getting the flu shot is truly necessary. I do not like the government telling me what I should and should not do. 

According to a 2006 study published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, there is “no evidence the flu vaccine is any more effective for children under two than the placebo.” The same results were concluded for the elderly ( 

The CDC  reported that “only 1,138 deaths are cause by the flu each year,” not the 36,000 that is widely advertised ( The CDC also stated that the other 34,000 deaths are actually caused by cardiovascular or pneumonic complications ( 

Furthermore, the flu shot “contains 25 micrograms of mercury” ( This is 250 times more than the Environmental Protection Agency’s safety limit. This mercury content is worrisome as mercury is considered to be toxic to humans.

According to, an easier way to prevent getting the flu is by simply optimizing your vitamin D levels. A 2007 study suggested “higher vitamin D status enhances your immunity to microbial infections” ( Another study in 2009 found that infants with a vitamin D deficiency were more prone to respiratory infections, which had a strong correlation to the mother’s vitamin D levels ( 

There have been many allegations that the flu vaccine, and other vaccines, cause conditions such as autism. I do not believe this is the truth but I do feel it should be up to each individual as to whether or not that person wants to receive the flu shot. Hospitals and some schools require the flu shot for employees and students. This is infringing on the individual’s rights. After entering kindergarten, it should be up to the parent or the individual whether or not to receive the vaccine or have one administered to their child.

Receiving the vaccine does not guarantee the person won’t get influenza. The flu virus is unpredictable. Every time a vaccine is developed for a new strain, it is a guessing game, an educated guess but a guess, nonetheless. 

Receiving the flu vaccine is not the only option for those concerned with their health. Prevention is the best medicine. 

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