Doctors Debate if Flu Vaccine is Worthwhile

The January 9, 2001 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal published articles by Drs. Richard Schabas and Vittorio Demicheli analyzing Ontario’s mass flu vaccination program, now in its third year of implementation at a cost of over 40 million dollars annually. The articles are in a debate format, with Dr. Schabas arguing in favour of massive flu vaccination, while Dr. Demicheli offers convincing arguments and statistics that question the effectiveness of such a massive expenditure on a program that cannot be proven to be effective.

Mass influenza vaccination in Ontario: Is it worthwhile? By Dr. Vittorio Demicheli: Canadian Medical Association Journal, January 9, 2001

November, 2000

http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/content/full/164/1/38

Mass influenza vaccination in Ontario: A sensible move Richard E. Schabas: Canadian Medical Association Journal, January 9, 2001

http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/content/full/164/1/36

Dr. Schabas Rebuttal

http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/content/full/164/1/40

Dr. Demicheli Rebuttal

http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/content/full/164/1/41