The flu vaccine isn't perfect, but it DOES reduce deaths, as this article shows. I had a mild case of flu, in spite of being vaccinated, but my kids didn't get sick and it wasn't passed to my aging parents (all of whom were vaccinated). Remember that when you vaccinate yourself, you protect others who may be more vulnerable. It would be interesting to study vaccination rates of the people around the kids who died. It's likely that an unvaccinated family member or classmate gave them the infection. I sure wouldn't want to inadvertently kill someone by spreading a virus.
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