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The Risks of the Fast-Tracked Flu Vaccine

Posted Aug 27 2009 12:09am

Most of us in the alternative health field have reservations about the government’s rush to inoculate nearly everyone with the swine flu vaccine this fall and winter.   With the possibility of adverse effects from the vaccine itself and the heavy metals that are used as preservatives, we must continue to ask ourselves, “What is the greater risk… the flu or the vaccine?”

Read on to learn more about why these concerns continue to mount…

Last week Dr. Jonathan Fielding, Los Angeles County’s health officer remarked at a news conference that three shots of the vaccine may be needed for adequate protection of the swine (H1H1) flu.  He also urged medical personnel to sign up for the vaccine before treating the public. 1

Meanwhile, the CDC is recommending that the most at-risk populations receive the vaccine first. These groups include pregnant women, healthcare workers, parents and caregivers for children under 6 months old, people ages 6 months to 24 years, and those ages 25 through 64 with chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems.

It sounds like a well-thought out plan — provide sufficient vaccine to cover all strains of the flu and protect the most vulnerable.  That is, until you read an August 15 article from a major British newspaper, with the following headline:

Swine flu jab link to killer nerve disease:
Leaked letter reveals concern of neurologists
over 25 deaths in America

The confidential letter was sent from British government officials to 600 senior neurologists.  It was written by the British Health Protection Agency and leaked to The Mail On Sunday. 2 The cause of concern is the possibility that the vaccine could trigger a brain disorder called Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

GBS attacks the lining of the nerves and causes tingling in the legs followed by temporary paralysis.  In many people, the arms and upper body are also affected.  Most people recover, but GBS can be fatal if the whole body becomes paralyzed and the affected person cannot breathe.

But that’s not the only worry.  According to Dr. Tom Jefferson, one of the additives in the swine flu vaccine is a substance called squalene.  It’s a naturally occurring enzyme on which there is no research to support its use as a vaccine filler.  That means there could be as-yet unknown side effects.

And the 25 US deaths mentioned in the headline?

That refers to 1976 when the swine flu vaccine killed 25 people —more than the virus itself.  It also triggered 500 cases of GBS and increased the risk of contracting the condition eightfold. 1 The vaccine was recalled after only 10 weeks and the government paid out millions to people that were affected.  In the short time the vaccine was available, 40 million people were vaccinated.

The British government is obviously very worried they may face the same health disaster with the latest swine flu vaccine.

Why?

The most obvious answer is that the H1N1 vaccine has been fast-tracked for testing and approval in both the US and Europe.   While this will prove its effectiveness against the flu, it won’t prove its short and long term safety — and many like Dr. Arthur Schafer of Canada are worried.

He is asking publicly if the long term risks of the vaccine in healthy people are justified —especially when the evidence shows the H1N1 flu itself is only a mild strain. 3 And he says, many other health professionals are contacting him to voice the same concerns.

Back in May, Dr. Lisa Forgione wrote a great article on protecting yourself from the swine flu —through common sense prevention and boosting your immune system.  You can read it again by clicking here.  And don’t forget to boost your intake of vitamin D.  My July 15 Undercover tells you why.

References

  1. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-swine-flu20-2009aug20,0,4256379.story.
  2. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1206807/Swine-flu-jab-link-killer-nerve-
    -neurologists-25-deaths-America.html#.
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