Flu jabs are a "waste of taxpayer"s money", claim scientists who the benefits have been over-hyped

Flu jabs are a 'waste of taxpayers' money', claim scientists who say the benefits have been over-hyped<br> University of Minnesota report says benefits – especially for older people – have been over-promoted <br>New vaccine pipeline hindered as a result <br>But experts still recommend current vaccination 'as it's the best we have' <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 18:57 GMT, 22 November 2012 </p> <br><p>The benefits of the annual flu jab have been &#8216;over-hyped&#8217;, scientists claim.</p><p>They say the vaccine is far less effective than is widely believed, with some studies showing it protects less than two-thirds of the population.</p><p>The US researchers say ministers in Britain as well as America are &#8216;wasting taxpayers&#8217; money&#8217; on the jab.</p><p>And they claim that because the benefits have been so &#8216;over-promoted&#8217;, scientists have been deterred from inventing vaccines that would be far more effective.<br></p> <img src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/21/article-2236253-16257656000005DC-198_468x286.jpg" width="468" height="286" alt="Flu jabs are a waste of taxpayer's money due to the protective effects of the vaccine being over-hyped, it has been claimed" class="blkBorder" /> <p class="imageCaption">Flu jabs are a waste of taxpayer's money due to the protective effects of the vaccine being over-hyped, it has been claimed</p> TODAY'S POLL <p>Is the flu jab a waste of taxpayers' money</p> Yes No VOTE <img src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix//2012/11/22/article-999-16257656000005DC-830_108x76.jpg" width="108" height="76" alt="Flu Jab" /> POLL RESULTS Close All polls Click to view yesterday's poll results DM.has("rcp", "poll", { pollId: '1033334', channelId: '1', questionId: '' }); <p>But the Department of Health has insisted the flu jabs &#8216;save lives&#8217; and urged the elderly and patients with long-term conditions to come forward for their vaccinations.</p> <p>Researchers from the University of Minnesota looked at 12,000 studies on the effectiveness and safety of the flu jab, going back to the 1930s.

Woman delivers nephew in hospital car park AND gives him kiss of life after his mother wrongly sent home while in labour

Woman delivers nephew in hospital car park AND gives him kiss of life after his mother wrongly sent home while in labour <br> Kirsty Brook, 30, went into labour five weeks earlyHospital staff sent her home, saying contractions were a urine infectionSister Michelle drove her back to hospital but was too late to get insideAlso had to give mouth-to-mouth as baby not breathing <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 15:12 GMT, 23 November 2012 </p> <img src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/22/article-2236970-162991CB000005DC-844_306x423.jpg" width="306" height="423" alt="Kirsty Brook's (left) baby Harry was born five weeks early in a hospital car park, delivered by his aunt Michelle (right)" class="blkBorder" /> <p class="imageCaption">Kirsty Brook's (left) baby Harry was born five weeks early in a hospital car park, delivered by his aunt Michelle (right) </p> <p>A woman was forced to deliver her nephew in a hospital car park and then give him the kiss of life after doctors sent his mother home prematurely.