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The Facts About Johns Hopkins and Flu Shots

Child receives a bandage after his flu shot

A rumor circulating on various social media outlets attributes dubious claims about the influenza vaccine to “a Johns Hopkins scientist.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine in no way endorses an article published in July 2013 by a former fellow at our school of medicine questioning the validity of the annual flu vaccine. The writer has no scientific affiliation with Johns Hopkins, nor is he employed by any of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone over the age of 6 months get vaccinated for influenza. At Johns Hopkins, we are confident that the benefits of the flu vaccine to individuals and to public health are very strong.

In an effort to protect our patients, Johns Hopkins Medicine mandates that its health care workers receive an annual influenza vaccination, assuming no personal allergies or medical conditions contraindicate it. Our vaccination rate is 97 percent. We encourage patients to discuss flu shots and any other immunizations with their primary care physician.