Children Risk Untested Flu Vaccines In Hyped Pandemic

Child Health Safety

July 29, 2009

British, French, US and other Governments plan mass swine ‘flu immunisation programmes this winter with untested vaccines amid hype by the World Health Organisation about a pandemic little different in effect to ordinary flu. Independent expert review has revealed ‘flu vaccines to be ineffective. Children proposed to be vaccinated first will be exposed to unknown adverse reactions whilst reported ‘flu cases have rocketed amid public fear whipped up by media hysteria, incorrect diagnoses and the cancellation of testing so reported cases may not be “swine” flu but other illnesses.

Hundreds of millions of “Swine Flu” vaccines push ‘flu vaccine sales to an all time high. Drug industry hands behind-the-scenes continue to influence the World Health Organisation to create world panic in this latest of a line of world health disasters like SARS and ‘Bird ‘Flu’ which have not been.

Sensational headlines are reported daily:-

British Woman Gemma Drury [17] nearly died of meningitis after being wrongly diagnosed with Swine flu. Swine Flu Error Girl Tells Of NHS Nightmare on Sky News 23rd July 2009]. Gemma was so ill she pretended she had taken an overdose to get into hospital only to be discharged and told to go home and rest.

So how deadly is this disease?

So far, there has been literally hundreds of thousands of cases to report however, the vast majority of people appear to have suffered little more than a bad cold, leaving the public (and even some journalists) slightly baffled at what all the fuss is about … or even if we should be making a fuss at all. …. That the public is not panicking as the WHO raises the status of the outbreak to pandemic shows the success of our preparations: We are well prepared for swine flu: Jennifer Cole The Guardian Thursday 11 June 2009

Sales of pork hit an all time low as vaccines and anti viral drugs sales hit an all time high. Many countries banned pork and ordered vaccines.

BBC News reported the mass world panic and a rush to protect all from the hyped “swine flu” including pork bans:-

It is no longer possible to contain the deadly swine flu virus first found in Mexico, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. Governments around the world have been stepping up precautions against its spread: [The world response to flu crisis] BBC News – 5 May 2009

‘School children worldwide had schools closed in the mass hysteria’.

‘Britain’s swine flu death toll’: [The Guardian 21st July 2009]:

Some church leaders in the UK and abroad have decided to stop offering communion wine during services, fearing that it could cause the virus to spread. In New Zealand, the Roman Catholic church has banned priests from placing communion wafers on the tongues of worshippers, while Chilean authorities last night prompted protests after they suspended a northern religious celebration

Tamiflu, manufactured by the drug company Roche in Switzerland, is the drug currently being recommended but is reportedly ineffective.  The risk of death from Tamiflu may be greater than Swine Flu. 90 deaths already linked to the drug on the Drug Lib.com website: [Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) – Adverse Event Reports – Death]. Roche is reportedly “laughing” after selling more than 220m packets of the drug said to ward off the flu:

The trouble with Tamiflu Sarah Boseley The Guardian, Thursday 7 May 2009.

Influenza drug Tamiflu ineffective against most U.S. infection Jan 9, 2009 – Jordan Lite – Scientific American “60-Second Science Blog”]. Virtually all the H1N1 viruses the US Centres for Disease Control has tested, 72 of 73, are Tamiflu-resistant:

Tamiflu Helpless Against Most U.S. Flu Infections This Season Bloomberg 8 Jan 2009.

Dr Jefferson, a Cochrane Collaboration reviewer in Rome, headed an independent non drug-company conducted review of flu drugs is concerned such drugs could be widely used as the solution to a flu pandemic at the expense of things that really work – like washing your hands: [The trouble with Tamiflu Sarah Boseley The Guardian Thursday May 7th 2009]. Jefferson fears if these drugs continue in use the virus will evolve and become to resistant to treatment.

Dr Jefferson is also concerned that the flu vaccine is being hyped into the ‘must have flu prevention’.

He has previously stated in the British Medical Journal in October 2006, that given the huge resources involved in yearly vaccination campaigns, an urgent re-evaluation was needed, as fresh analysis of study data revealed much of the prior research was flawed with little proof of the ‘flu jab’s merit.

Dr Jefferson’s Summary point

  • urgent re-evaluation is needed because of the disparity between official panic and the lack of good evidence to support the steps taken
  • the best evidence shows current inactivated vaccines have little or no effect despite public policymakers world-wide recommending their use to prevent seasonal ‘flu outbreaks
  • most studies are of poor quality and the impact of confounding factors is high
  • little evidence exists on the safety of these vaccines

Dr Jefferson states;-

What you see is that marketing rules the response to influenza, and scientific evidence comes fourth or fifth.”People should ask whether it’s worth investing these trillions of dollars and euros in these vaccines.” [“The Effectiveness of Flu Shots Wildly Over Estimated Vaccine Risk Awareness Network October 2005]

Dr Jefferson opinion is that flu vaccines not worth the effort. Influenza viruses vary from year to year so the effects of the vaccines are unknown.

Dr Douglas Flemming, of the Royal College of GP’s Flu Unit disagrees saying:- “We need to support the flu vaccination programme” [“BBC News Thursday 26th October 2006]. Dr Flemming has alliances with GlaxoSmithKline the drug company manufacturing the rival drug to Tamiflu, Relenza. In 1999 he was involved in Glaxo Wellcome’s Relenza trials. Relenza was a flu drug that did not make NHS approval at this time but is now the rival drug of Tamiflu. [“BBC News October 1st 1999.] GlaxoSmithKline are now supplying Relenza and one of the swine flu vaccines.

Dr David Salisbury told the BBC News that he agreed with Dr Fleming and he supported flu vaccines. Dr David Salisbury, Director of Immunisation at the Department of Health, claims evidence showed flu vaccines could give up to 80% protection from infection and prevented hospitalisations and deaths. He acknowledged that the vaccines were not perfect but added;-

We are hopeful that our new vaccines currently in development may overcome concerns raised about efficiency.”

Dr Salisbury is also linked by association to drug companies. Dr Salisbury as the Medical Secretary for the Department of Health is also a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. The JCVI has the task of approving UK vaccines. Many JCVI members have declared interests in a variety of drug companies when discussing the flu pandemic [ “JCVI meeting on 13th February 2008]. These financial ties include vaccine manufacturers Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi Pasteur and Novartis. The JCVI is reportedly involved in attempts to hide evidence that the MMR vaccine can cause brain inflammation and permanent brain damage. [“Vaccine E-Newsletter March 20, 2009 Vaccine Bullies & Fighting Back by Barbara Loe Fisher]

The US Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told The Associated Press that she is urging school superintendents around the USA to spend the summer preparing for the possibility that schoolchildren could be first in line for swine flu vaccine this fall, if the USA Government goes ahead with mass vaccinations:-

“If you think about vaccinating kids, schools are the logical place,” She said. [“Kids May Get Swine Flu Shot First Lauran Neergaard June 16th 2009]

However, she did promise careful surveillance. Sebelius has strong alliances to drug companies. [“GlaxoSmithKline website] announced her appointment stating that she could work with them to save ‘World Health’ and get out of the ‘Healthcare mess’, if they (GSK) gave the Government the ‘right attention.’

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.