The headline in the January 5, 2019 edition of the Wall Street Journal reads “Six Feet, 48 Hours, 10 Days: How to Avoid the Flu.”[i] This article, like nearly all main stream media flu articles was written to scare the reader into getting the flu vaccine. A with most mainstream medical articles about the flu, it is filled with fake news. Let’s analyze the article.
The author starts off by writing, “After a slow start, the flu season has taken off.” Between Christmas and New Years Day, there was a marked rise in flu illnesses across the U.S.
So far, no fake news to report.
However, as with most main stream media influenza stories, the writer misstates the true numbers of Americans who die from the flu. “In a mild year, influenza, a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory system, kills as many as 12,000 people in the U.S., and in a bad year, it could be as many as 56,000.” I have two words to state here: Iodine : Why You Need ... Best Price: $5.34 Buy New $21.00 (as of 08:30 EST - Details)
Folks, that is a blatant LIE. Over the last 38 years, neither twelve nor fifty-six thousand deaths from influenza infections occurred. In fact, the deaths from influenza are not even close to those numbers.
Why would the mainstream media and the Powers-That-Be continually lie about the numbers of people that die from the flu? It is not hard to understand why—they want to scare the public in order to increase the number of people vaccinated with the flu vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention keeps annual death statistics. When searching through that data, it is easy to find the first Table (Table B) which lists the number of deaths from the top fifteen causes of death (https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr67/nvsr67_05.pdf–page 6). In fact, every year that the CDC reports the final data for deaths, the CDC combines influenza and pneumonia together as one of the top 15 causes of death. No other separate illnesses are combined, so why combine pneumonia and influenza which are two separate illnesses? The answer is easy: the CDC artificially inflates the numbers of deaths from influenza to scare us into getting the flu shot. You see, if a very small percentage of Americans died yearly from the flu vaccine, why would so many of want to get vaccinated for influenza?
The CDC has a direct financial interest in vaccinating the entire population since it holds multiple patents on vaccines including the flu vaccine.
In order to frighten the public to get the flu vaccine, the CDC’s scare tactics include annual statements that the flu kills 36,000 Americans per year. Last year, they said the flu killed 80,000. More fake news! What the CDC fails to state is that there has never been a year when 36,000 Americans died from laboratory-confirmed influenza. Looking at the flu death statistics from 1980- 2016 (the last year data is available) shows that a yearly average of 1,647 people died from the flu with a high of 5,251 in 2015 and a low of 257 in 2001. Keep in mind that is out of a population of 325 million people. How many died from a combined pneumonia and influenza during that same time period? A yearly average of 65,548 died yearly from combining both pneumonia and influenza.
It is clear that many more died from pneumonia. That is not fake news.