VANCOUVER (CBS Seattle) – A recent study finds that people who got a flu shot were more likely to get infected with “swine flu.”

Dr. Danuta Skowronski, an influenza expert at the British Columbia Center for Disease Control, noticed that people who didn’t get the flu shot during the winter of 2008-2009 were less likely to contract the H1N1 virus, according to The Vancouver Sun.

The Sun reports that similar studies were done in other provinces in Canada with the same results, however, studies done outside of Canada did not.

Skowronski did her work with 32 ferrets, giving half the 2008 seasonal flu shot while the other half were injected with a placebo, according to the Sun. All the ferrets were then given the H1N1 virus.

Researchers found that the ferrets in the group that received the flu shot became significantly sicker than the ferrets who received the placebo. All the ferrets did recover.

“The findings are consistent with the increased risk that we saw in the human studies,” Skowronski told the paper.

Despite the findings, Skowronski says this should not deter people from getting the flu shot.


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