Suggesting readers, especially children, get flu vaccines, which do nothing but make pharmaceutical companies even richer, is ridiculous (Today's Editorial, Jan. 11).
Every year, news organizations in the U.S. urge readers to get their flu shots early, without researching the facts into making the important decision whether to put a highly toxic substance, such as mercury, into our bodies.
There is also a lack of evidence that young children benefit from flu shots. A systematic review of 51 studies involving 260,000 children ages 6 to 23 months found no evidence that the flu vaccine is any more effective than a placebo (Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2006;1:CD004879).
Why not instead suggest readers do things like wash their hands extremely well, eat healthy foods including an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, and prevent contracting the flu with a good immune system, as nature intended?