Managing Editor's Note: Shannon Brownlee was just on MSNBC talking about the need for vax/unvax studies, to which the interviewer asked, "Why aren't these studies done?" Why indeed.
Whether this season’s swine flu turns out to be deadly or mild, most experts agree that it’s only a matter of time before we’re hit by a truly devastating flu pandemic—one that might kill more people worldwide than have died of the plague and aids combined. In the U.S., the main lines of defense are pharmaceutical—vaccines and antiviral drugs to limit the spread of flu and prevent people from dying from it. Yet now some flu experts are challenging the medical orthodoxy and arguing that for those most in need of protection, flu shots and antiviral drugs may provide little to none. So where does that leave us if a bad pandemic strikes?
By Shannon Brownlee and Jeanne Lenzer (Shannon Brownlee is a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation and the author of Overtreated (2007). Jeanne Lenzer is an investigative journalist and a frequent contributor to the British medical journal BMJ.)
Does the Vaccine Matter?
Read the full article in The Atlantic HERE. You can buy Ms. Brownlee's book, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer HERE.