Fortunately, after some research, I found this figure to be grossly over estimated. In addition, deaths from pneumonia, respiratory, and circulatory illnesses were included with deaths from the flu.
In addition, studying the statistics of our government's own publication, U.S. Vital Statistics Mortality Data, we find a totally different story than the one being fed us. Studying the chart, the average yearly death total from the flu between 1995 and 2010 was 1,206! The low was 257 deaths in 2001 and the high was 2,918 in 2009. A far cry from 36,000 deaths per year. How can this be? Follow the money and think for yourselves. Hyping fear and scaring people is an effective way to sell a product, a product that brings in billions (that's billions with a "b") of dollars. Most of the deaths recorded are from pneumonia and a small percentage of those pneumonia deaths are from influenza. The CDC now says that "only 8.5 percent of all pneumonia and influenza deaths and only 2.1 percent of all respiratory and circulatory deaths" are influenza related. On their website the CDC even states that they do not know how many deaths are from the flu each year.
The best flu vaccine is prevention and there are effective, natural ways to protect yourself:
1. Optimize your vitamin D, either with appropriate sunning technique or supplementation.
2. Reduce your grain and sugar intake as it weakens your resistance.
3. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
4. Take a good probiotic
5. Wash your hands.
6. Get plenty of rest and good sleep.
7. Exercise regularly.
8. Don't fall for the hype.