Fox and Friends Co-Host Seems Anti-Flu Shot
The flu this year is particularly nasty. I know, I came down with a case of it last week. My whole family did, and it was ugly. Luckily, everyone in the family who could get a flu shot did -- medical professionals all over the country advise that the shot can still protect from the worst effects even if you do get sick.
Fox and Friends had Dr. Marc Siegel on as a guest Monday to spread the good word about the flu shot: "The flu shot, which I still say everybody out there should get, is about 30-percent effective, but it actually decreases spread around the household, it decreases severity, and it’s very smart to get it," Siegel noted. “Of the children that have died, 80 percent of them in the past hadn’t gotten a flu shot.”
But co-host Brian Kilmeade appeared to feel differently.
Kilmeade hadn't gotten a flu shot, and when Dr. Siegel noted that Kilmeade needed to protect his daughters, Kilmeade replied: "Right, but they’ve got to build up their immunity, too."
Well, that's actually how flu shots work.
Immunizations give the immune system a weakened strain of the disease to spur the body to produce antibodies. That's something that can't be done short of catching the disease in the first place -- and since this strain of flu is ugly enough to kill people, that's probably not something you want to try.