Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, November 16th, 2004
The flu vaccine will not necessarily prevent you from experiencing the flu's miserable symptoms, like fever, hacking cough, runny nose and "hit-by-a-truck" body aches. Studies have shown that the shot generally works about 52% of the time.
If you are elderly or chronically ill, the vaccine can help jump-start your body's weakened defenses and perhaps prevent the worst from happening if you do catch the virus.
But the millions of people who are younger and healthier do not...
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