Olmsted on Autism: Thailand Teaches U.S. a Flu-Shot Lesson
Posted Feb 02 2010 12:00am
By Dan Olmsted
In their latest e-mail, our friends at The One Click Group in England carry a story about how H1N1 vaccinations for pregnant women have been suspended in Thailand after one woman suffered a miscarriage a day after getting the shot.
Yes, that's right. ONE WOMAN suffered a miscarriage ONE DAY after getting a shot. "The Public Health Ministry yesterday denied any link between the vaccinations and the foetal death," the Bangkok Times reported, but as a precaution suspended flu shots among pregnant women pending an investigation into the miscarriage in the south province of Satun. The ministry took the step even as it stood by the shot. "There is no substantiated report of H1N1 having a harmful effect on pregnant women," Public Health permanent secretary Paijit Warachit said. "The product is certified and safe for use."
I guess this is what you'd call the precautionary principle at work. In the U.S., what you'd get is the condescending bit about post hoc-ergo propter hoc, or however you say it -- just because one thing happened after another thing doesn't mean the first thing caused the second thing.
Yes, but it doesn't mean it didn't, if you follow me. As I understand it, at least in this country, flu shots have NOT been tested for safety among pregnant woman, a glaring statement that CDC officials treat as some kind of technicality, like the fine print of page 4 of your credit card statement that says they can raised your interest rate anytime they feel like it. But that lack of safety testing ought to tip the balance even more quickly in favor of assessing the risk part of the risk-benefit ratio, WHENEVER a possible adverse event is recorded.
In this country, there have been plenty of alarming reports of reactions to the flu shot, none of which have caused even a whisper of concern in the public health or mainstream media worlds. In November we reported on what I considered to be a shocking pattern of miscarriage and fetal death after the flu shot. Here's just the first four reports from that article, which you can read HERE.
November 6, 2009 at 11:00 am (40) "*" says:
"I'm from a town of 2000 in SD, there are several women pregnant and we are all due within a few weeks of each other. Four of us got the H1N1 vaccine 2 weeks ago and one by one each of us started to have preterm contractions. We are all due in Nov and Dec so we are further along than most of the people that lost their babies. There is no way you can tell us that our preterm labor was not caused by the H1N1 vaccine. It may look like a "fluke" to some people when these women are scattered all over the country but we are talking about 4 of us in our small community. My heart goes out to all of you that lost your babies."
I got both vaccines on Thursday. I was 9 weeks pregnant. I miscarried on Sunday. I was told by several doctors to get these vaccines. Now I wish I followed my gut feeling and not get them at ALL!
October 29, 2009 at 8:33 am (3) says:
i work in a hospital like setting and was told 'the benefits outweigh the risks" 1am i got the vaccine, 3am i started bleeding and craming, 3pm miscarried. you decide -- Yes, Age of Autism readers, you decide. My view? When's the next plane to Thailand? -- Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.