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Is it advisable for a healthy male in his early 40s to take the influenza vaccine?

In general, the benefit of flu shots is to the general population. Taking the cited value of 40%-60% from the CDC, we can say that it might be a coin toss for you personally to be protected from ...
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Is it advisable for a healthy male in his early 40s to take the influenza vaccine?

Tackling your points in turn, in inverted order: flu is an irritant but nowhere near deadly You are probably confusing the flu (influenza) with the common cold, which is colloquially often called “...
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Is it advisable for a healthy male in his early 40s to take the influenza vaccine?

Influenza deaths are not specifically tracked in those over the age of 18 but they can be estimated from death certificates. CDC estimates that from 2010-2011 to 2013-2014, influenza-associated ...
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Is it advisable for a healthy male in his early 40s to take the influenza vaccine?

Influenza vaccines do not have satisfactory effective rates of preventing flu. Flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness by between 40% and 60% Vaccines aren't meant to stop diseases by making ...
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Is it advisable for a healthy male in his early 40s to take the influenza vaccine?

Other answers have explained why being vaccinated is generally a good idea, and I fully support the ones that do. That said, the article you've linked to does indeed present some very scary points, ...
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breathing in versus injecting mercury (the gas)

The problem here is the over-simplified (and inaccurate) idea that Thiomersal = mercury, it's not, rather it is a compound (chemical formula: C9H9HgNaO2S) that has mercury atoms in it's molecules, the ...
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Is it risky to eat at most 12 ounces of canned sardines weekly for about two months?

Like you mentioned, 12 ounces of sardines a week fits under the FDA's guidelines, so it should not be harmful to the adult that you described. Sardines contain a lot less mercury than many other fish ...
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Is it advisable for a healthy male in his early 40s to take the influenza vaccine?

A few more points, in addition to the good answers you already have and just addressing: Does it make sense for a healthy male in his early 40s to take the influenza vaccine [...]? Short answer: ...
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After effects of mercury vapor inhalation

The first thing you learn in toxicology is that it is all a question of dose. Anything will kill you if you take enough of it; nothing will kill you if you take a small enough dose. The fact is that ...
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Best way to heavy metal detox

Unless you live on an area known for having deposits of heavy metals, or you suspect that you have been exposed (in which case you should go see a doctor), your kidneys should be able to take care of ...
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How and where to test for organic mercury levels?

New York State Yes, I know that you don't live in New York State. This is however the most useful and explanatory document that I have found on this matter and therefore linked it as further ...
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