Every day Americans
wake up to news reports that warn us about the dangers of influenza,
especially the new H1N1 “swine flu.”
But swine flu
is mild for most people and the virus is not mutating into a more
people around the world have recovered from swine flu, and millions
more will get sick with fevers, body aches, nasal congestion, cough
and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting and recover from it this year
and next year without any complications.
wide-scale vaccination is being encouraged – even though swine
flu vaccines have been tested on only a few thousand healthy Americans
for a few weeks. There is little or no information about how safe
the vaccine is for pregnant women and chronically ill or disabled
If you or your
child are injured from getting a flu swine flu shot, you are on
your own. Congress has shielded the vaccine manufacturers and any
person giving swine flu shots from lawsuits if people get hurt.
There is no
funded government vaccine injury compensation program for swine
Do NOT let
a doctor or anyone else tell you that a serious health problem you
or your child experiences after vaccination is a coincidence and
allow more shots to be given until you know for sure.
The most tragic
cases of vaccine injury occur when vaccine reaction symptoms are
dismissed as a "coincidence" and more vaccines are given
that result in more severe symptoms – and sometimes end with
permanent brain and immune system damage or death.
But while Americans
are still debating whether to roll up their sleeves for a swine
flu shot, companies have already figured it out: vaccines are good
have sold $1.5 billion worth of swine flu shots, in addition to
the $1 billion for seasonal flu they booked earlier this year. These
inoculations are part of a much wider and rapidly growing $20 billion
global vaccine market.
market is booming," says Bruce Carlson, spokesperson at market
research firm Kalorama, which publishes an annual survey of the
vaccine industry. "It’s an enormous growth area for pharmaceuticals
at a time when other areas are not doing so well," he says,
noting that the pipeline for more traditional blockbuster drugs
such as Lipitor and Nexium has thinned.
As always with
pandemic flus, taxpayers are footing the $1.5 billion check for
the 250 million swine flu vaccines that the government has ordered
so far and will be distributing free to doctors, pharmacies and
schools. In addition, Congress has set aside more than $10 billion
this year to research flu viruses, monitor H1N1′s progress and educate
the public about prevention.
pocket most of the revenues from flu sales, with Sanofi-Pasteur,
Glaxo Smith Kline and Novartis cornering most of the market.
But some say
it’s not just drugmakers who stand to benefit. Doctors collect copayments
for special office visits to inject shots, and there have been assertions
that these doctors actually profit handsomely from these vaccinations.
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market is booming right now. Already, drug companies have sold $1.5
billion worth of swine flu shots, in addition to the $1 billion
for seasonal flu they booked earlier this year. In addition to that,
Congress has set aside more than $10 billion this year to research
flu viruses, monitor H1N1′s progress and educate the public about
But there is
still some good news in the midst of all this, and that is that
more people than ever before are finally beginning to sit up and
take notice, and are beginning to consider the risks versus benefits
of flu vaccinations.
I recently reported, a new poll by Consumer Reports shows
that nearly 2/3 of American parents plan to either hold off on vaccinating
their children against the H1N1 (swine flu) virus, or won’t vaccinate
them at all.
And even a
York Times article acknowledges this site as playing an
important role in educating the public about vaccine safety concerns,
which has contributed to a less than wholehearted embrace of the
government’s recommendation to rush out and get vaccinated.
The NY Times
reports that, "The popular Web site Mercola.com
is urging parents not to get the flu vaccine …", with the
result that the majority of parents are now planning to refuse to
let their children get these shots.
a result of this Web site’s posting the information, and your sharing
it with your friends and relatives, we have together created MAJOR
doubt in the minds of many consumers about the value of these vaccinations.
Many people are now coming to the realization that flu vaccinations
can cause serious health problems.
are making a difference! A difference that is likely saving people’s
lives and preventing permanent and irreversible health consequences.
Thought About This?
Fisher with the National Vaccine Information Center brings up several
important points to consider in her blog, Vaccine
Awakening. I highly recommend you read
her article in its entirety, but here are a few of the highlights:
vaccinated in a non-medical setting can be very dangerous.
The swine flu
vaccine is now being offered all over the place; in pharmacies,
stores, schools, and even drive-by kiosks. Getting vaccinated in
a non-medical setting like this can be very risky. For example,
if you drive away immediately after getting vaccinated and suffer
an unexpected allergic reaction or collapse, it could be deadly,
not only for you but also for innocent bystanders and others sharing
the road with you.
also do not have the ability to properly evaluate your medical history,
nor perform the necessary follow-up, should you have any adverse
If you get
vaccinated and suffer health complications, REPORT IT!
This is a crucial
element of vaccine safety, and diligent reporting of all adverse
reactions can help save the lives of others. As Fisher recommends,
insist that the health care worker who gave you the vaccine immediately
files a report with the US federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting
System (VAERS). If they, for whatever reason, won’t do it,
you CAN file it yourself!
To file a report
yourself, simply go to www.vaers.hhs.gov
and follow the instructions.
accept “coincidences” when it comes to vaccine reactions.
agree with her concern when she says:
NOT let a doctor or anyone else tell you that a serious health
problem you or your child experiences after vaccination is a coincidence
and allow more shots to be given until you know for sure.
tragic cases of vaccine injury occur when vaccine reaction symptoms
are dismissed as a ‘coincidence’ and more vaccines are given that
result in more severe symptoms and sometimes end with permanent
brain and immune system damage or death.”
NO safety data or precedent for receiving 3–4 flu shots in
the media and government pronouncements sound confident and authoritative
it’s vital to realize that the current recommendations by doctors
and health officials are unprecedented, and highly experimental.
including children under the age of 10, are urged to get as many
as four flu shots this year: two shots for seasonal flu and one
or two more for swine flu, depending on a few different factors.
have this many flu shots been given in a single season, and there
is absolutely no information about the safety of doing so.
up for health care workers’ right to choose could save you
from mandatory vaccination down the line.
As of right
now, the swine flu vaccination program is still voluntary –
unless you’re a health care worker that is… New York and
other states have already implemented laws that force their health
care workers to get the swine flu vaccine in order to work.
a recent report
in Time Magazine, this includes not just NY doctors and
nurses who care for patients, but also administrative staff, including
housekeeping and food-service personnel.
What does that
tell you about the possibility of mandatory vaccinations for the
rest of us?
Now Pose Serious Health Threat from Environmental Sources Too
a Japanese study
published in the September 28 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives,
the flu drug Tamiflu
is now contaminating rivers downstream of sewage-treatment facilities.
Urinary excretion from people taking Tamiflu (oseltamivir phosphate).
are quite concerned that birds exposed to these waterborne residues
could develop and spread drug-resistant strains of various types
ingested, virtually all Tamiflu will end up in the environment
in the active form, notes environmental chemist Jerker Fick of
Umeå University in Sweden. The reason: Tamiflu becomes active
once the body converts it into a carboxylate form.
percent of an ingested dose becomes this OC, which your body eventually
excretes. Your body sheds the remaining 20 percent of Tamiflu
in its original form, but this phosphate form is immediately turned
into the active, carboxylate form when it reaches a water treatment
plant, he says.”
worse, previous studies have confirmed that water treatment removes
ZERO percent of this drug, and appears to have a half-life of approximately
three weeks, once exposed to sunlight.
I bring this
up to demonstrate the long-term dangers inherent in our current
Each time you
take a drug like Tamiflu,
you not only expose yourself to potentially serious
health risks, you’re also contributing to a growing problem
of ever more drug-resistant
flu strains that can affect countless others. The willy-nilly
administering of anti-virals goes far beyond just the immediate
health risks – it affects the environment and every living
thing in it, including the human race at the top of the food chain.
The fact remains
that there are many FAR BETTER alternatives to anti-viral drugs
and vaccines. These drugs are not essential for human health –
nutritious food, clean water, and an overall healthy lifestyle are.
my top recommendations for avoiding the flu on many occasions. For
a refresher, you can find that list here.
should you be forced to take the swine flu shot, please review Dr.
Blaylock’s recommendations on what to do in that situation.
to Act is Now
I urge you
to join NVIC and become a grassroots
vaccine safety and informed consent advocate in your community.
up for the human right to make informed, voluntary health care
choices, including vaccine choices, today – so your children
and grandchildren and all Americans will have that right tomorrow.”
~ Barbara Loe Fisher
If, like NVIC
says, we don’t stand up for our rights to choose now, there
is no doubt in my mind we’ll all be paying for it, both financially
and physically, in the years to come.