By Christina England
August 16, 2009
A UK newspaper has received letters showing a link between the new Swine Flu vaccine and Guillain Barre Syndrome, a serious neurological disease that cause paralysis and in extreme cases can lead to death. A member of the JCVI Professor Elizabeth Miller and head of the HPA’s Immunisation Department has sent a confidential letter to senior neurologists warning to be on the alert for new cases of GBS which she says could be linked to the vaccine. This letter was sent on the 29th July 2009. So why have the public not been alerted to the problem and why has the testing of the vaccine been allowed to continue?
The letter says: ´The vaccines used to combat an expected swine influenza pandemic in 1976 were shown to be associated with GBS and were withdrawn from use.
“GBS has been identified as a condition needing enhanced surveillance when the swine flu vaccines are rolled out.
´Reporting every case of GBS irrespective of vaccination or disease history is essential for conducting robust epidemiological analyses capable of identifying whether there is an increased risk of GBS in defined time periods after vaccination, or after influenza itself, compared with the background risk.”
Reported by the Mail of Sunday Jo MacFarlane 15th July 2009.
To make matters worse this was the SECOND letter sent on the subject, the first sent out just days before. The second letter, dated July 27, is from the Association of British Neurologists and is written by Dr Rustam Al-Shahi Salman, chair of its surveillance unit, and Professor Patrick Chinnery, chair of its clinical research committee.- Reports Jo Macfarlane.
Yet despite these letters and this knowledge and despite the fall in the cases of Swine Flu, the testing of this vaccine began all around the world, using the public as ‘Pharmaceutical Lab Rats’
A UK Daily newspaper reported that despite Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, director of WHO vaccine research initiative saying that the results from the clinical testing of the vaccine would not be expected until the end of September, Andy Burnahan and the chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson have said that the vaccine will be available this month. Ministers Plan Swine Flu Vaccination in Every School Denis Campbell and James Sturcke the Guardian 6th August 2009.
Note, this announcement was made AFTER the knowledge that these letters existed, indicting that even with a serious risk such as GBS known about the UK Government was still willing to mass vaccinate. What makes matters a million times worse is that the vaccine programme is due to target the most vulnerable first. This shows a total lack of care of the public and a degree of negligence on their part. Especially when the indication is, that there is a general decline in the numbers of Swine Flu cases being reported.
The UK have decided that children are to be the first to be vaccinated as they are said to be the highest at risk from developing serious form of the H1N1 virus along health care professionals, pregnant mothers and people with underlying health conditions even though these groups are often the most vulnerable and there is little or no data that this vaccine is safe.