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Letter writer is wrong about flu vaccine effect

I feel a response is needed to the July 22 letter regarding the regulation for nurses and the flu vaccine. The statement that physicians receive incentive payment from pharmaceutical companies depending on the number of flu vaccines given is completely false and inflammatory.

The flu vaccine is effective especially if community vaccine uptake is high and herd immunity – protecting the vulnerable when enough of the population is vaccinated – is established. The flu vaccine saves lives.

Colleen Mattimore, M.D.

Orchard Park

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