Health Impact News Editor
We are in the thick of the flu season, and news reports show that several places in the U.S. and Canada are experiencing outbreaks of illnesses due to the H1N1 virus, including some deaths.
In the report below, the tragic story is told of a 5-year-old boy who died from the H1N1 virus in Oregon just after Christmas, even though he and his siblings had received the flu vaccine in November.
I applaud Fox 12 in Oregon for interviewing Calandra Burgess and publishing her testimony that her son died from H1N1 even though he received this year’s flu vaccine. I have researched about a dozen or more stories reporting deaths and outbreaks of the H1N1 flu virus all across America, but in most cases these stories do not report whether or not those dying from H1N1 have received the flu vaccine. Even in other stories reporting the death of the Burgess boy in Oregon, the fact that he was vaccinated with the flu vaccine is not mentioned. (UPDATE Friday Jan. 10: Woman in West Virginia dies from H1N1 after receiving the flu shot. UPDATE Feb. 8: Cape woman dies from flu)
In almost every story regarding the H1N1 flu outbreaks, the public is urged to get this year’s flu vaccine as the best protection against the H1N1 virus. This year’s flu vaccine, as in past years since 2009, contains the H1N1 strain.
However, is the public being told the whole story regarding H1N1 and the flu vaccine? As the tragic story above illustrates, the flu vaccine, at the very least, is no guarantee that it will protect you from H1N1. There were over 140 million doses of the flu vaccine produced this year, and reports show that vaccination rates are high, and yet we are seeing the largest outbreak of the H1N1 virus since 2009.
Could the Flu Vaccine Actually be Contributing to These Outbreaks?
This is the one question that will never be asked in the mainstream media, so let’s take a look at some facts.
During the 2008 – 2009 flu season when the H1N1 vaccine was introduced, Canadians were the first ones to observe that people who received the H1N1 flu vaccine seemed to be sicker than those who did not.
So some Canadian researchers decided to test the H1N1 vaccine against a placebo with ferrets. In their experiment, all the ferrets who received the vaccine were sicker (See: Study finds flu shot really did make people sicker).
Infectious diseases expert Professor Peter Collignon from Australia looked at the data in Canada and Hong Kong from the 2008 – 2009 flu season, and drew similar conclusions: ”What was a bit surprising when we looked at some of the data from Canada and Hong Kong in the last year is that people who have been vaccinated in 2008 with the seasonal or ordinary vaccine seemed to have twice the risk of getting swine flu compared to the people who hadn’t received that vaccine.” (Source.)
So researchers in Hong Kong decided to also study this issue and they conducted a double-blind placebo-controlled trial on children with the trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine. Their results were published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases in 2012, and they found that the seasonal trivalent flu vaccine resulted in 5.5 times more incidents of respiratory illness than the placebo group. See Heidi Stevenson’s excellent article on this study here.
These are just a few samples of some of the studies showing problems with the H1N1 vaccine that you are not likely to read in the mainstream media.
But perhaps the most significant study of all involving H1N1 was a study conducted in the U.S. and published in 2013. Microbiologist Dr. Hana Golding of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at Bethesda in Maryland conducted a study on piglets vaccinated for H1N2, and then later exposed to H1N1. As Lin Edwards of Medical Xpress reports:
They vaccinated “naive” piglets (those that had never been exposed to flu viruses) against the H1N2 influenza strain and later exposed them to the rare H1N1 virus, which is the virus responsible for the 2009 swine flu pandemic.
When the piglets were vaccinated they produced a wide range of antibodies to block the H1N2 virus, but these “cross-reactive” antibodies not only failed to provide protection against the second virus, H1N1, but appeared to actually help the H1N1 virus infiltrate lung tissue and cause more severe symptoms and respiratory system complications such as pneumonia and lung damage. The unvaccinated controls suffered milder pneumonia and fewer other complications. (Source.)
So vaccinating for certain flu strains can actually cause the H1N1 virus to create even more severe complications, such as pneumonia and lung damage, which is exactly what we are seeing here in 2014 with the current H1N1 outbreaks.
Independent Investigations are Needed
So let’s bring all these facts together with what we know today.
1. According to Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert monitoring the flu at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, this season the H1N1 strain has hit healthy children and young adults especially hard and many have ended up in the ICU. However, he states: ”This virus doesn’t affect the older population as much because back in the 1970s the older persons were younger and there was a virus very similar to it that went around. They got infected, they recovered and now they still have residual protection against viruses in this family.” (Source.) This is called “natural immunity,” and it is what caused populations to not die off from infectious diseases before vaccines were developed in modern history. It is far different than the theory of vaccines purported today, which creates “antibodies” in a medical-induced way of trying to create immunity (See Dr. Sherri Tenpenny’s explanation of the difference between “natural immunity” and vaccine “antibodies” in the short video below).
2. In the 2008 – 2009 flu season, America saw an outbreak of the H1N1 virus. The response of the medical community was to develop a vaccine for the H1N1 virus. Unfortunately, studies seem to point to the fact that the vaccine can have negative consequences, and caused some people to have worse flu symptoms than those who were not vaccinated (see discussion above with links to some of these studies).
3. Here at the beginning of 2014, we are seeing a new outbreak of H1N1 and it is becoming quite severe, resulting in some deaths. Early indications seem to point to the possibility of a more severe flu outbreak of H1N1 in 2014 than what we saw in 2009 when there was no vaccine. It is actually affecting healthy, younger people more than older people. If we had allowed everyone to contract the H1N1 back in 2009 and NOT develop a vaccine, allowing natural immunity to occur as opposed to vaccine antibodies, would we have these outbreaks again here in 2014?
4. The H1N1 virus has been included in the seasonal flu shot now since 2009. This year over 140 million doses were produced and they are currently in circulation.
Are we missing the bigger picture here?? Are the profits from 140 million doses of flu vaccines so large that nobody dares to ask the tough questions, knowing full well what the results will be if we follow the data to their logical conclusions?
For the sake of public health, and the safety of Americans, it is time that the media and medical professionals start asking the tough questions. Lawrence Solomon, the research director at Toronto-based Consumer Policy Institute, wrote a column for The Huffington Post in Canada this week titled: Why the Press Shouldn’t Dismiss Vaccine Skeptics. More people in the press need to step up and ask the tough questions.
Independent investigations by those with no financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry that produces vaccines is sorely needed (which excludes the U.S. government where billions of dollars is tied into vaccine research.) In the meantime, do your own research on the risks and benefits of the flu vaccine. The facts may not support what you read in the mainstream media, or what your doctor is telling you.
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