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Trouble With This Year’s Flu Shot

Published on December 4, 2014


According to the government’s own statistics, the flu vaccine is causing about 269 people per year to become injured (including some deaths) with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). People die from the flu, usually because of secondary complications, such as pneumonia or complications of chronic medical problems. However sometimes people die from the vaccine itself and for that reason, I never recommend people take a flu shot.

The latest bad news comes from Italy, which has suspended a flu vaccine produced by the Swiss company Novartis after 12 people died after receiving the vaccine. Italy’s pharmaceutical watchdog first identified two batches of the vaccine after three people died within 48 hours of receiving the shot, but are now investigating six batches.

The Daily Beast reported, “At a sidewalk café in Rome’s Testaccio neighborhood, a group of eighty-something women are debating whether to get a flu shot over a Monday morning cappuccino. The benefits are obvious, says 83-year-old Mariacristina Poggio, who sums it up succinctly: “I could die from the flu without it.” But her friend, 81-year-old Maria Teresa Falcinelli, has a different point of view. “Better to die from the flu than the vaccine,” she says. “At least it would be natural, not suicide.”

In the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is saying that the current flu vaccine is not a good match for the most common seasonal flu strain currently circulating in the United States. Much of the influenza virus circulating in the United States has mutated and this year’s vaccine does not provide good protection against it, federal health officials are warning. Flu season’s barely starting, but most cases are being caused by a strain called H3N2 this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a health warning issued to doctors in November.

An analysis by the CDC of the 2012-13 flu season found that the vaccines’ effectiveness for all ages against influenza A subtype H3N2, the most common strain during that season, was 44%, compared with only 19% for people older than 64.

The U.S. health agency issued an advisory to doctors noting that flu virus samples the agency took from Oct. 1 through Nov. 22, showed that under half were not a good match for the current influenza A (H3N2) vaccine component contained in flu shots for the 2014-2015 season. According to the CDC, flu activity has been low but is increasing and influenza A (H3N2) viruses appear to be the predominant strain, with cases having been detected in almost all U.S. states.

In past seasons when the influenza A (H3N2) strain had mutated from the vaccine strain, flu shots were less effective, the CDC said in the advisory. The current seasonal flu shots will still protect against flu strains that have not mutated, such as the influenza A (H1N1) virus and the B viruses contained in the vaccine.

The CDC is stressing that doctors should be prepared to use antiviral medications when needed. These include Roche’s Tamiflu and GlaxoSmithKline’s Relenza even though a recent study from the Cochrane Review, a respected research network, suggests that while these medicines can shorten flu symptoms by around half a day, there is no good evidence behind claims they cut hospital admissions or lessen complications of the disease.

In the past year, there have been 9,632 hospitalizations related to influenza, according to the CDC. That is about 36 hospitalizations per 100,000 people in the U.S. Sixty percent of those cases were in people between the ages of 18 and 64. The proportion of flu-related deaths during the 2013-2014 flu season hovered around 6% and remains below the epidemic threshold of 6.8% death rate. As of Aug. 16, 2014, there were more than 105 flu-related deaths in children over the past season. Previous seasons saw pediatric deaths range from 35 to over 170.

Quinn Ryan/The Daily Beast

A 2014 report by the Department of Homeland Security with the ominous title “DHS Has Not Effectively Managed Pandemic Personal Protective Equipment and Antiviral Medical Countermeasures” found that 84% of the department’s store of hand sanitizer was expired – some as much as four years out of date – and that 81% of the department’s antiviral medication would expire by the end of 2015. To solve this problem, the department is “applying for a shelf-life extension with the Food and Drug Administration” for the influenza drug Tamiflu even though the drug is dangerous and ineffective.

Barbara Loe Fisher reminds us how big of a business the yearly flu has become:

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“It’s that time of the year again when drug companies, doctors, government officials and media conduct a national advertising campaign to sell flu shots to every American.You can’t pass by a pharmacy, enter a supermarket, shop in a "big box" store or catch a plane without seeing the "flu shots for sale" signs trolling for customers. The pharmaceutical industry is cutting out the M.D. middleman and going straight for the gold in places where we shop for toothpaste, clothes and food. Even on the evening news, flu shot commercials are becoming as frequent as political campaign ads. Up until the year 2000, flu shots were not recommended for everyone. Back in the 1990’s, doctors were telling seniors over age 65 and younger people with chronic illness to get vaccinated. No Flu Shot? No Job or Daycare! Now, doctors at the CDC tell every man, woman and child over six months old they need an annual flu shot and it is OK for health care workers to be fired if they don’t get vaccinated every year.”

The June 2014 report from the Department of Justice on damages paid by the U.S. Government to vaccine victims was recently published on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources website. There were 120 cases of vaccine injuries decided. 78 cases received compensation, while 42 cases were denied.

The June 15, 2014, report covering a 3-month period shows that the flu vaccine is the most dangerous vaccine in America. 78 cases were awarded settlements for vaccine injuries, with 55 of the settlements being for the flu shot, including one death. Most of the settlements for injuries due to the flu shot were for Guillain-Barré Syndrome. Other flu vaccine injuries included: Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, Rheumatoid arthritis, Shingles, Brachial plexus neuropathy, Bell’s Palsy, Brachial neuritis, Transverse myelitis, Lichenoid drug eruption, and Narcolepsy.

As can be seen in this report and other reports from government payments for vaccine injuries, Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) is the most common side effect and injury due to the flu vaccination. What is Guillain-Barré Syndrome? Here is the definition the CDC gives:

Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a rare disorder in which a person’s own immune system damages their nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. GBS can cause symptoms that last for a few weeks. Most people recover fully from GBS, but some people have permanent nerve damage. In very rare cases, people have died of GBS, usually from difficulty breathing.

Compare this to the CDC definition for Polio:

Polio is an infectious disease caused by a virus that lives in the throat and intestinal tract. Up to about 72% of susceptible persons infected with polio have no symptoms. However, infected persons without symptoms can still spread the virus and cause others to develop polio. About 24% of infected susceptible persons have minor symptoms such as fever, sore throat, upset stomach, or flu-like symptoms and have no paralysis or other serious symptoms. About 1-5% develop aseptic meningitis with stiffness of the back, back, or legs, and in some persons increased or abnormal sensations a few days after the minor illness resolves. These symptoms typically last from two to ten days, followed by complete recovery. Less than 1% of polio cases result in paralysis of the limbs (usually the legs). Of those cases resulting in paralysis, 5-10% of the patients die when the respiratory muscles are paralyzed.

Hundreds of People are afflicted with Guillain-Barre Syndrome every year from the Flu shot. Is it because the CDC allows the neurotoxin thimerosal in the vaccines?

"U.S. data on influenza deaths are a mess," states a 2005 article in the British Medical Journal entitled "Are U.S. flu death figures more PR than science?" This article takes issue with the 36,000 flu-death figure commonly claimed, and with describing "influenza/pneumonia" as the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

The flu vaccine really does not work so why take the risk? There are better ways of avoiding or treating the flu than using dangerous vaccines. The CDC itself admits that the vaccine does not work. Influenza outbreaks on Navy Ships among fully vaccinated sailors is common. 

Do not let your pediatrician scare you with erroneous influenza death statistics. If your pediatrician or doctor refuses to provide medical care to you or your child unless you agree to get vaccines, find another doctor. Harassment, intimidation, and refusal of medical care is becoming the modus operandi of the medical establishment in an effort to stop the change in attitude of many parents about vaccinations after they become truly educated about health and vaccination. These doctors are medical terrorists so beware and take care.

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Dr. Mark Sircus AC., OMD, DM (P)

Professor of Natural Oncology, Da Vinci Institute of Holistic Medicine
Doctor of Oriental and Pastoral Medicine
Founder of Natural Allopathic Medicine

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