HOWARD - When it comes to preventing the flu, Patrick Flynn doesn't think a vaccine is the answer.
"I still have yet to have anybody prove to me scientifically that injecting aluminum, mercury, formaldehyde, dead tissue cells of other humans or other animals is actually a benefit to our body," said Flynn.
Flynn founded The Wellness Way, a clinic in Howard. The Wellness Way deals in functional medicine, chiropractics and weight loss.
Flynn says a flu shot isn't the ultimate factor in what will prevent someone from coming down with the illness.
"A person doesn't get a headache because they lack aspirin in their body," said Flynn. "A person doesn't get the flu because they lack a flu shot. The person got the flu because they're immune-deficient."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this year's flu vaccine is 62 percent effective.
"Is any vaccine 100 percent? No, but, by getting the flu vaccine, even if you do get the flu, studies show chances are it will be a milder case than if you wouldn't have gotten any vaccine at all," said Ellen Roy, an infection preventionist for Bellin Health.
Each year, a new vaccine is created to update the year's strains.
"It's the most effective way that's going to keep you safe," said Roy.
Flynn says protecting your immune system is a better way to fend off the flu.
"Holidays destroy us," said Flynn. "We get way too many sugars, we get way too many things that actually lower and compromise our immune system."
If you want to get a flu shot, there's still time. Health officials say the worst of the flu season is still to come.
If you do get the flu shot, it takes two weeks before it starts to take effect.
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