Why are Corporations Pushing the Flu Shot so Hard?

My instinct tells me the flu shot belongs in the everything is until it isn’t category. I feel like one day years from now, all of the government agencies and doctors will say, “Oh yeah, never mind on that whole flu shot thing, turns out you shouldn’t take it.”

But as it stands today, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Costco, and pharmacies everywhere promote it as their marquee headline for anywhere from $14.99 (good ol’ Costco) to $24.99.

It’s strange to me. Of all the health stuff they can promote, they all choose to hang their hat on the flu shot. Does it have that great of margins? Are they paid to promote the flu vaccine? Is there no better alternative product to push?

It’s one of those things that just doesn’t make sense to me.  I understand the surface level premise but I feel like there’s something else I’m missing.

As far as efficacy, the CDC swears it works:

The seasonal flu shot protects against the three or four influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.

But if you dig for more than 20 seconds, you can see numerous studies that say there’s no proof the flu shot is effective and there’s actually evidence that it’s harmful or potentially harmful.

I don’t know which side is right but when in doubt I go with my instinct and my instinct tells me not to inject something I know nothing about into my body to hopefully prevent something I never get.

I get sick about once every two years. I haven’t had any drugs or medicine (anything – cough syrup, headache pills, whatever) in at least 5 years, probably more. I’ve had one shot in the last 5 years and that was a tetanus shot after I sliced myself on rusty metal.

Conducting a cost-benefit analysis, there’s no compelling reason for me to get a flu shot so I won’t.

Maybe it’s as simple as a money grab (scare the locals, get $20 a head).  Can’t tell but I’m very suspicious of the corporate push.

How long as this been going on?  I know the hard flu vaccine push has been in effect for at least 2-3 years but I can’t remember if it was this prevalent in years prior.