I've heard of some people having taken the vaccine becoming sick with flu. Also, on TV tonight, someone in the medical circles was mentioning that the flu vaccine was not as effective for older people. I beg to disagree but that adds to my arguments against it. I have been taking other vitamin and mineral supplements for over 35 years and I haven't had the flu for at least 25 years.Be very cautious when citing anything from Fox News, such as that brief note from former CDC director Tom Frieden. Their track record on accuracy, much less their admitted biased opinions, suggests to me they should be renamed Faux News.\n\nThanks to whomever (was it GO-NAD!?) cited the CDC reference page concerning Misconceptions about Seasonal Flu and Flu Vaccines. I trust that info.\n\nIn particular, people who claim, or repeat claims they've heard, that flu vaccines give you the flu are absolutely wrong. They can get a reaction that gives them some flu-like symptoms (aches, pain and malaise) that lasts about a day. This is nothing like the real flu, for many reasons. The primary reason is that the real flu is contagious. Those flu-like symptoms resulting from vaccine injections cannot be passed on to others.\n\nIt's been known for some time that as people age, the standard flu vaccines don't induce sufficient immunity. Using injections with higher doses of flu antigen in older people has been shown to be effective in clinical trials.\n\nWhenever I hear people claim they have never had the flu, or haven't had it for years, I have to wonder if they know what they did and didn't have. I have personally known someone who came to work while sick with micoplasma pneumonia. He swore he wasn't sick, but he infected 3 others at work. He also claimed he never had the flu. If he never noticed he had walking pneumonia, then he probably never noticed he had the flu.\n\nI've heard this "I never get the flu" behavior described as Nile Syndrome, also known as Denial Syndrome. Some people may even gain some kind of status by claiming never to have been sick with common infectious diseases. We've all seen the opposite too, people who claim to have been infected by everything. In fact, some people are downright competitive at this. If I complain about a headache, they complain about their brain tumor. As a result, I tend to ignore individual claims about such things.