No, You're Not Padding Big Pharma's Pockets
There has been quite a bit of speculation that Big Pharma fabricates flu-phobia in order to convince millions of Americans to shell out dough on vaccines. But the truth is the flu shot is not a big moneymaker for drug firms, says Shaffner. "And it's definitely not the drug companies telling everyone they need a flu shot," says Schaffner. "It's a panel of very smart public health experts." Bottom line: If you're not getting vaccinated because you think you're taking a stand against a corporate cash grab, your reasoning doesn't hold water.