The Absolutely Essential Question to Ask Before Consenting to any Vaccination – What is the Number Needed To Vaccinate (NNV)?

For Example: What Will be the NNVs for the New COVID-19 Vaccine(s)?

“An overwhelming majority of the FDA officials directly charged with licensing vaccines, and the CDC officials who effectively mandate them for children, have personal financial entanglements with vaccine manufacturers. These ‘public servants’ are often shareholders in, grant recipients from, and/or paid consultants to vaccine manufacturers, and, occasionally, even patent holders of the very vaccines they vote to approve. Those conflicts of interest motivate them to recommend ever more vaccines with minimal support from evidence-based science” – Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

“The FDA receives 45% of its annual budget from the pharmaceutical industry. The World Health Organization (WHO) gets roughly half its budget from private sources, including Pharma and its allied foundations. And the CDC, frankly, is a vaccine company; it owns 56 vaccine patents and buys and distributes $4.6 billion in vaccines annually through the Vaccines for Children program, which is over 40% of its total budget.” — Robert F. Kennedy, Jr

“The HHS (Health and Human Services) partners with vaccine makers to develop, approve, recommend, and pass mandates for new products and then shares profits from vaccine sales. HHS employees can personally collect up to $150,000 annually in royalties for products they work on. For example, key HHS officials collect money on every sale of Merck’s controversial HPV vaccine Gardasil, which also yields tens of millions annually for the agency in patent royalties.” — Robert F. Kennedy, Jr Fishing for Dummies Schwipps, Greg Best Price: $9.71 Buy New $14.06 (as of 04:02 EDT - Details)

“In 1986, Congress—awash in Pharma money (the pharmaceutical industry is number one for both political campaign contributions and lobbying spending on legislators over the past 20 years) enacted a law granting vaccine makers blanket immunity from liability for injuries caused by vaccines. The subsequent gold rush by pharmaceutical companies boosted the number of recommended inoculations from twelve shots of five vaccines in 1986 to 54 shots of 13 vaccines today. A billion-dollar sideline grew into the $50 billion vaccine industry behemoth.” — Robert F. Kennedy, Jr

“Since vaccines are liability-free – and effectively compulsory to a captive market of 76 million children – there is meager market incentive for companies to make them safe. The public must rely on the moral scruples of Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi, and Pfizer. But these companies have a long history of operating recklessly and dishonestly, even with (the drug) products for which they can be sued for injuries. The four companies that make virtually all of the recommended vaccines are all convicted felons.  Collectively they have paid over $35 billion since 2009 for defrauding regulators, lying to and bribing government officials and physicians, falsifying science, and leaving a trail of (incurable chronic illness) injuries and deaths from products they knew to be dangerous and still sold under pretense of safety and efficacy.” – Robert F. Kennedy, Jr

The title question of this column is a trick question, for neither the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed, Big Pharma, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, Dr Fauci’s CDC, the Mainstream Media, your local physicians, your local pharmacies nor your local hospitals or clinics will be able to answer it!!

Since informed consent by any patient to any prescribed treatment that is being offered by a licensed medical practitioner (who supposedly takes and adheres to the Hippocratic Oath) is a universal human right, the question isn’t just an ivory tower, academic one that can be skipped over. It is a life-and-death issue. Hence, being totally informed about the significant risks and often meager benefits of vaccination. Therefore, given the fact that the current powers that be that are attempting to profit from mass vaccinations in the near future, I offer the following information.

This column is amended from one that I wrote in 2018 for the Duluth Reader. It can be read here.


The Number Needed to Vaccinate (NNV) is similar to the Number Needed to Treat (NNT) for pharmaceutical drugs), in that it says, in one phrase, how many patients will need to be vaccinated (or treated) for one patient to benefit from the vaccine or drug. The larger the number, the worse the effectiveness of the vaccine (or drug). I list just a few examples below.

Unfortunately – but predictably, since much of what is published is authored by Big Pharma-co-opted academicians, career public health officials, research scientists, epidemiologists and statisticians, the vast majority of journal articles intentionally omits NNV or NNT statistics.

This article contains statistical information that Big Pharma, Big Vaccine and Big Medicine tries not to publish and which the Big Pharma-co-opted Big Media also never talks about – for obvious reasons.

Googling Number Needed to Vaccinate (NNV), Number Needed to Treat (NNT), Number Needed to Harm (NNH), Relative Risk Reduction (RRR) and Actual Risk Reduction (ARR) is important in decoding the massive propaganda campaigns over the past few decades that have been so cunning at Huk Men’s Icon X... Buy New $39.00 (as of 05:59 EDT - Details)

1] “selling sickness”,

2] popularizing “germophobia”,

3] selling increasingly unaffordable, highly-profitable and dangerous drugs,

4] promoting vaccines that have not been adequately tested for-long-term safety OR long-term efficacy, and

5] over-selling profitable “epidemics” and “pandemics” for the purpose of acquiring power, control and wealth for those cunning entities that already have too much ruling power and obscene amounts of wealth.

Of course, the massive amounts of published “research” that comes from the labs of Big Pharma-influenced public health bureaucrats or Big Pharma-hired “scientists” in medical journal articles must be viewed with a large amount of skepticism, only partly because of the virtually incurable conflicts of interest that have been created – because of the close financial and collegial relationships – between the following groups:

1] the career bureaucrats at the HHS, the NIH, the CDC, the NIAID, the FDA,

2] the many hired (and therefore biased) scientists that work for profiteering pharmaceutical/vaccine corporations,

3] the decision-making, Big Pharma-bribed politicians that rely on advice from Big Pharma-employed “scientists”,

4] the Global Multi-millionaire and Billionaire Investment Class members and their assorted Family Foundations that have acquired a lot of their wealth from investments in the pharmaceutical and vaccine industries, and

5] the Mainstream Media that is dependent on advertising revenues from Big Pharma, thus inevitably censoring the dissident voices of independent scientists that are courageous enough to speak truth to power.


Read these few examples and then demand more information and the right to fully informed consent over what gets injected into the muscles of our infants, children and adults and thus what also affects the DNA, the lymphatic systems, the immunologic systems, the bone marrow, the gastrointestinal systems,  the microbiome, the circulatory systems and the peripheral and central nervous systems of the current and next generations of humanity.

The Orvis Guide to Lea... Rosenbauer, Tom Best Price: $10.84 Buy New $10.08 (as of 05:59 EDT - Details) These examples come from the published, peer-reviewed medical literature.  Many of them have been archived at this source.


1] NNV for Childhood Flu Shot to Prevent One Hospitalization (< 4 years of age) = 1852

Quantifying benefits and risks of vaccinating Australian children aged six months to four years with trivalent inactivated seasonal influenza vaccine in 2010

  1. Kelly, et al

1852 children would have to be vaccinated to avoid one hospitalization due to any strain of circulating influenza (2009).

In addition, the authors estimated that, for every influenza hospital admission potentially prevented, vaccinating with Fluvax or Fluvax Junior may have actually caused two to three hospital admissions due to vaccine-induced febrile convulsions.


2] NNV for Infant Flu Vaccine to Prevent One Hospitalization = >4,255

Childhood influenza: NNV (number needed to vaccinate) to prevent 1 hospitalization or outpatient visit

E.N. Lewis, et al – From Pediatrics, 120 (3) (2007), pp. 467-472

4,255 to 6,897 children ages 24–59 months of age would have to be vaccinated for influenza to prevent one hospitalization.


3] NNV for Shingles/Herpes Zoster Vaccination for 70+ year-olds = 231

Live Attenuated Varicella-Zoster Vaccine: Is it Worth it?

Skootsky S. – From UCLA Dept. of Med. 2007 Feb 20.

175 adults over 60 years of age would have to be vaccinated to prevent 1 episode of Herpes Zoster

231 adults 70 years of age or older would have to be vaccinated to prevent 1 episode of Herpes Zoster.


4] NNV for Pneumococcal Vaccine in Older Adults = 5,206

The Impact and Effectiveness of (23 Valent) Pneumococcal Vaccination in Scotland for Those Aged 65 and Over During Winter 2003/2004

John D Mooney, et al – From BMC Infectious Diseases2008:53 Huk Men’s Rogue ... Buy New $39.95 (as of 05:59 EDT - Details)

The NNV for adults > age 65 was 5,206 (4,388 – 7,122) per IPD (invasive pneumococcal disease) case prevented. 


5] NNV for Tuberculosis Vaccine (Ireland) = 646

Neonatal BCG vaccination in Ireland: evidence of its efficacy in the prevention of childhood tuberculosis

  1. Kelly, et alEur Respir J, 10 (3) (1997), pp. 619-623

646 children had to be vaccinated with Ireland’s neonatal Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine to prevent one case of tuberculosis in 1986


6] NNV for Gardasil in Sexually Inactive 12 Year-old Girls = 9,080

Estimating the Number Needed to Vaccinate to Prevent Diseases and Death Related to Human Papillomavirus Infection

Marc Brisson, PhD, et alCMAJ. 2007 Aug 28; 177(5): 464–468.

9,080 sexually inactive 12 year-old girls would have to be vaccinated with Gardasil in order to prevent one case of cervical cancer – an actually highly optimistic epidemiological estimate modeled on the hope that the efficacy rate for the vaccine proves to be high. That estimate of efficacy will not be known for decades to come!) Therefore, an NNV of 9,080 is likely to be false.


7] NNV for Group B Meningococcal Vaccine = >33,000

Epidemiology of Serogroup B Invasive Meningococcal Disease in Ontario, Canada, 2000 to 2010

V Dang, et alBMC Infect Dis, 12 (1) (2012), p. 202

33,784 – 38,610 infants would need to be vaccinated in order to prevent one case of serogroup B invasive meningococcal disease.


8] NNV to Prevent one Healthy Adult from Experiencing Influenza = 71

Vaccines to Prevent Influenza in Healthy Adults

Demicheli V, et alCochrane Review Feb 1, 2018

71 healthy adults need to be vaccinated to prevent one of them experiencing influenza


9] NNV for Chickenpox Vaccination to Prevent 1 Death = 34,000

The Cost-Effectiveness of Varicella (Chickenpox)Vaccination in Canada

Brisson and Edmunds – Vaccine 2002 Jan 15;20(7-8) :1113-25

For varicella vaccination, we estimated that 34 000 people would need to be vaccinated to prevent 1 death (using mortality rates reported by 25 and assuming 100% efficacy against the varicella-zoster virus and no waning in protection).”


10] NNV to Prevent 1 Death From Meningococcal Meningitis = 21,000

Vaccinating Adolescents Against Meningococcal Disease in Canada: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

Philippe De Wals, et. al. – Vaccine 2007 Jul 20;25(29):5433-40.

“To prevent 1 meningococcal-related death, we estimated that about 21,000 people would need to be vaccinated (assuming 100% efficacy against types A, C, Y and W135).


11] A Trial of a 9-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine in Children with and Those without HIV Infection (the NNV was not calculated in the original article)

Klugman, KP, et alN Engl J Med 2003 Oct 2;349(14):1341-8.

In the South African trial conducted in the urban township of Soweto, vaccination of nearly 20,000 infants resulted in only 31 fewer cases of invasive pneumococcal disease in the overall population and in only 13 fewer cases among HIV-negative children.


12] The following NNTs are for low risk patients who took statins for 5 years (and whose only risk was elevated cholesterol but no documented coronary artery disease) compared to patients of similar low risk that did not take statins:

The NNT to prevent one heart attack: – 104

The NNT to prevent one stroke: 154

The NNH (number needed to harm) for developing rhabdomyonecrosis of the heart = 10

Statins for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease

Taylor F, et alCochrane Database Syst Rev. 2011 Jan 19;(1):CD004816


104 patients would have had to take statins for 5 years for one case of heart attack to have been prevented.

154 patients would have had to take statins for 5 years for one case of stroke to have been prevented.

There was no difference in all-cause mortality between the statin-taking and non-statin-taking groups. In other words, there was no statistical improvement in mortality by taking statins.

Number Needed to Harm (NNH) for Statin Drugs

However, for patients taking statins for 5 years 2 % of them (1 out of every 50) developed diabetes (significantly more that the no statin group).

For patients taking statins for 5 years, 10% of them (1 out of every 10 developed significant statin-induced rhabdomyolysis (more accurately-termed rhabdomyonecrosis, which is the death [necrosis] of cardiac as well as peripheral muscle tissue). 10% is highly likely to be an underestimate because physicians seem unaware of that adverse effect and therefore generally don’t make the diagnosis. Thus, an NNH of 10 for statins drugs is a low estimate.

For a list of the studies that back up the statin figures, go here.