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The New York City Board of Health has mandated that all
children under age 5 who are enrolled in city-licensed preschools or daycare
centers receive the annual flu vaccine.
Side effects of 2013/2014 flu shot include runny nose,
wheezing, headache, vomiting, muscle aches, and fever in children; more serious
side effects include severe allergic reactions and Guillain-Barré Syndrome
(GBS). Additionally, by the New York City Department of Health’s own admission,
the vaccine’s ability to prevent the flu in “real world settings” is just 24%
With a host of serious potential side effects and low efficacy
statistics, shouldn’t the risk/benefit analysis be left to parents, and not the
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