Last week's Washington Post had a very sad, haunting story about the death of a twelve year old girl from flu-related causes. Her mother had tried for ten years to have her, and finally succeeded using in vitro fertilization. Then her daughter developed flu, organ failure and died, in rapid succession, last January.
It was probably no coincidence the story was published in October, the prime month for advertisements for flu shots. While the take home message was to get your children vaccinated, the odds that a vaccine would have prevented this death are less than even.