29 October 2009

Hooray for Low Vaccination Rates?

I am not a medical doctor. I don't play one on TV. Therefore, if this disqualifies me from stirring the pot a bit on the question of swine flu vaccine, feel free to go to the next post, or click on Regis and Kelly's homepage, or whatever floats your boat.

I have a friend who is a medical doctor, and he thinks it is insane to reject the flu vaccine. He believes it is safe, and the dangers of the swine flu are real.

I have another friend who is a medical doctor, and she won't get the vaccine. She isn't convinced of its safety, and isn't as concerned about the effects of the swine flu.

I have a third friend who has a pretend M.D., but her feelings on this subject are not known to me.

However, without further ado, here are excerpts from
an article for you to digest, from Lew Rockwell.com:

Low Flu Vaccination Rate Reveals Massive Repudiation of American Government

by Bill Sardi

The American government may have left itself exposed to revealing just how strongly the public opposes its flu vaccination campaign. For the first time Americans can count how many of its citizens opted for or against flu vaccination, and the numbers are appalling.

After months of drum-beating, that the so-called late-2009 season H1N1 "swine flu" could develop into a more severe pandemic with greater loss of life as the winter flu season approached, Americans have not bought into government-generated flu hysteria.

Americans are hearing just 22.4 million doses of flu vaccine are available, which is posed as a vast shortage. But news sources indicate only about 11 million Americans have been vaccinated to date, an underwhelming public response to the government's massive crusade to vaccinate up to 70–80% of the population (210–240 million Americans). That goal has been trimmed to 159 million, about half the population, and production delays mean millions of Americans would have to wait till the flu season is almost over to undergo inoculation next spring. Why get vaccinated at all?

What prompted the national emergency?

Did such strong opposition to flu vaccination prompt the President to announce a contrived national emergency, which really had nothing to do with public health or saving lives, but rather whether hospitals were going to be able to collect Medicare and Medicaid payments for flu-related illness.

Will government silence opposition to vaccination?

This flu season Americans are tapping into the internet to read and listen to alternate sources of information about the flu. Sources like the National Vaccine Information Center captained by Barbara Loe Fisher, Infowars.com by Alex Jones, and Radio Liberty by Dr. Stan Monteith, have led the charge.

Then health writers Shannon Brownlee and Jeanne Lenzer unleashed a scathing online article against flu vaccination in the November issue of Atlantic Magazine, a blow that could have pushed government to announce that it may shut down parts of the internet should a flu pandemic cause Americans to flood the internet.

Suddenly the General Accountability Office produces a report which warns that a severe pandemic could result in massive absentee rates at work and school, which in turn, could overload the internet with Americans who decide to spend their sick time at home on the internet. Bandwidth could be limited and the internet could crash, the report alleges. But this could be a veiled attempt to shut down opposition to government's flu vaccination program.

Hurry up, limited supply

The news media appears to be conducting a "cabbage patch doll" strategy where word of a limited supply of vaccine is being used to create a rush for the available remaining vaccine. Even that strategy doesn’t seem to be working.

Writer Maggie Fox for Reuters says "The US government may end up throwing away unused doses of swine flu vaccine if people cannot get it soon." But even with supply, public demand appears to be waning, if it ever existed at all.

Surveys show masses of Americans are wary of the vaccine, particularly the mercury (thimerosal) used as a preservative. This prompted Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to say more single-dose vaccine, which contains less mercury, would be ordered. Even then, the FDA said it would eliminate mercury from vaccines altogether. It’s still in there.

This suggests the vaccine is being made as public demand is being gauged. There may be no real shortage, just reluctance to produce billions of dollars of flu vaccine which the public doesn’t want. A delay in the delivery of vaccines could also result in greater flu deaths in what becomes a way to panic the public into vaccination.

In past flu seasons the government and vaccine makers lost money when vaccination rates were low and unused vaccine had to be discarded. About 120 million doses were anticipated by mid-October, but only about 40 million are anticipated for delivery.

Propaganda machine

The news media is going all out to unravel its propaganda machine in support of the government's flu agenda, but this time the public isn't falling for the ruse as they have in past flu seasons when the vaccine didn't even match the flu strain in circulation and single doses couldn't even produce sufficient levels of antibodies for many people, particularly those in high-risk groups.

Writer Rebecca Ruiz of Forbes.com fudged her numbers, quoting 3000 flu-related deaths and 29,000 hospitalizations, rather than the prior figures used when the President declared a national emergency (1000 deaths and 20,000 hospitalizations over an 8-month period). Ruiz and Forbes.com claim this is "America’s worst pandemic since the 1918 flu." But that is also a falsehood.

In fact, the worst flu outbreak since 1918 occurred in 1993 and isn’t even recorded on government timelines of flu outbreaks over the past nine decades. The 1993 flu catastrophe, which set back the life expectancy of Americans for the first time since 1918, was reported by Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports to have primarily stricken elderly nursing home patients late that year. This was the first year Medicare paid for flu shots for nursing home patients. It is obvious something very lethal was in that year’s flu shot that led to the premature demise of thousands of senior Americans.

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Not everybody agrees

A fearful and ignorant public is what news media portray. So it is particularly irksome to health authorities when pediatricians in Collier County, Florida sign a letter refusing to promote swine flu because it is "unsafe." A spokesman for the group of doctors said: "This has been a more of a media marketing blitz than I think it's a real medical catastrophe."

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6 comments:

Anne said...

My sister was doing a residency at the Mayo Clinic for the first round of swine flu shots (30 yrs ago?)
All the medical students had to get them 4 got the swine flu and one of them died!
Buyer beware...

Dad29 said...

news sources indicate only about 11 million Americans have been vaccinated to date

That probably has to do with the restrictions on the inhalant-form of the vaccine--which is the only one available in quantity.

NO children, pregnant women, elderly, or asthmatics may use the inhalant-form.

Anonymous said...

Had the Swine Flu and survived.

And now, according to my kids' perdiatrician, I am immune even if this bug mutates and comes back later as a bigger and badder monster. If you get the vaccine, you are only protected for six months, again, according to my kids' pediatrician.

Anonymous said...

Timman, this story is like the weatherman who only looks at computer models and radar screens in some windowless basement to tell us what the weather is, instead of simply stepping outside to see for himself (whether it's sunny, raining, windy or not.)

You don't need to be quoting people in FL when entire school districts in the St. Louis metro have been shut down due to the flu. You don't need to say this is over-hyped when Children's Hospital set up an extra Emergency Room in their parking lot, and Cardinal Glennon broke all records for the number of children brought into the ER, 250 infants and children in a 24 hour period.

Like I said much earlier on this subject, Obama is in a "no-win" situation. He will be criticized if there are not enough vaccines available, and he will be criticized if there are too many. This post is amazing - it criticizes him for BOTH!

My daughter missed a full week of school with H1N1, and was one of the 17% of kids and teachers out with it one week. Even so, her pediatrician said she still should be vaccinated to build up more antibodies to it, because like all flus, it will morph. (It laid her flat on her back for 72 hours with a pounding headache - she slept 40of those hours, and suffered 'night terrors' one night, walking around in a delirious state (no comments, please.)

Finally, the post can't be taken too seriously when you had this second last line in the article: "So it is particularly irksome to health authorities when pediatricians in Collier County, Florida sign a letter refusing to promote swine flu because it is 'unsafe.'" Uhm - I'm not sure what it means that these docs 'refuse to promote swine flu.' Maybe, just maybe, this article meant to say they 'wouldn't promote the swine flu VACCINE?'
To promote the swine flu, all one really would have to do is to touch the door knobs leading into any shool nurse's office these days!

John said...

Received my H1N1 vaccine today at Barnes-Jewish Hospital...and to my suprise my left arm withered and fell off. Any more mandatory vaccinations and I'll have to practice radiology.

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one who still cringes every time I see a needle???