It's pretty insane when less than half of American doctors choose to get vaccinated themselves.
The following is from a Fall 2006 edition of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.Influenza Vaccine: Review of Effectiveness of the U.S. Immunization Program, and Policy Considerationshttp://www.jpands.org/vol11no3/geier.pdf
A number of studies have reported that influenza vaccine (IV) administration has been less than optimally effective in certain subpopulations. This study examines yearly influenza death rate, yearly influenza case rate, and yearly rate of hospitalizations with influenza as the first-listed discharge diagnosis. By these measures, the yearly U.S. mass influenza vaccination campaign has been ineffective in preventing influenza in vaccine recipients
The annual risk of influenza is substantial, affecting, on average, about 37.6% of the population annually. However, these millions of influenza cases annually translate into an average of about 1,300 deaths in the U.S., not the often-quoted inflated number of 36,000 influenza deaths per year.
The current influenza vaccine program seems to be ineffective, and the U.S. should consider replacing it with a program based primarily on antiviral medications. Research is needed to develop more and better antivirals, especially agents to which influenza viruses do not readily develop resistance.If the influenza vaccine program is to continue, improved vaccines, which are not potentially infectious, are needed.
It will be necessary to develop and license an effective vaccine that confers significant immunity to a wide variety of strains so that vaccine does not have to be given every year.Vaccine recipients need to be informed of the limitations and risks of the vaccine and of the alternatives to vaccination.
In particular, they need to know of the possibility that repeated vaccinations may increase the risk of adverse effects. The use of antiviral drugs to treat influenza, in light of the potential
for an influenza pandemic, needs further consideration.