It's no secret that the medical journals work hand in glove with the pharmaceutical industry that pays their way. A new analysis looked at clinical trials of the flu vaccine and found that drug company money is the top factor in publication of vaccine studies
"Flu vaccine studies that are funded by industry are significantly more likely to be published in prestigious journals and to later be cited in the scientific literature than studies without such funding, according to a survey of 274 studies conducted by researchers from the Cochrane Vaccine Field in Italy, and published in the British Medical Journal. A good methodology, in contrast, had little impact on such factors. The study also found few studies providing good evidence that the flu vaccine is actually effective."
Another link to tuck away for when the push to vaccinate everyone for the flu comes next Fall.