If you live in the US you know all about the H1N1 flu and were witness to the mass hysteria that a number of flu deaths caused during the 2009-2010 flu season. This was especially true for pregnant women who heard that 54 pregnant women had died of (what was reported as) the strain of H1N1 flu during the season.
The CDC along with ACIP (the CDC’s advisory committee on vaccines) recommended, therefore, that all persons be vaccinated against influenza A (H1N1) and the seasonal influenza viruses.
The media flooded the airways with propaganda-like information causing a panic across the country and resulted in “shortages” of the vaccine and Chicken Little sightings.
Hundreds of thousands will faithfully line up and receive what the government tells us is “necessary” to combat the flu season again this year.
But who are those involved in the flu vaccine process and what does it take to get an entire country to line up and “bare our arms” at the request of our country?The Flu Vaccine Story The “flu” or influenza, is caused by a virus that causes sickness in humans and animals. The human symptoms are usually, by not always, high fever, cough, body aches, sore throat, and lethargy. The flu can lead to pneumonia, especially in those over 65 and infants, because that population has a weak immune response by nature. The pneumonia can lead to death. The influenza virus has over 200 configurations with some well-known names (i.e. swine flu, asian flu, bird flu, etc) and is more prevalent during the winter. In the US, the flu season is usually November to March as most of the flu cases are seen at this time year after year. The first recorded flu pandemic was in 1580. There have been some devastating outbreaks since then such as in 1918 where it is estimated that there were 20-40 million deaths (yes, million). In a typical season, approximately 41,000 persons die each year in the US from influenza. The first flu vaccine was developed in the 1940′s by the US Army during World War II. Since then, the government has hired private pharmaceutical companies to develop and produce the vaccine. Why Vaccinate Everyone?
There are good reasons why the government wants to keep you well during flu season:
Do these numbers match what the media was hyping as the biggest wave of death since the plague?
Actual data states there may have been as few as 8,870 deaths. The way the CDC estimates gives wide ranges, not actual numbers.Government control The US government has in its possession millions of doses of vaccine and anti-virals among other medications (Smallpox vaccine, Cipro for Anthrax out break, potassium iodide for nuclear attacks etc). In a national emergency, they deal out the drugs based on situation and population. They decide who gets what and when. If there is an emergency, like the level 6 H1N1 pandemic, the government can basically take action by requiring hospitals and labs to purchase certain products and drugs.
Based on the CDC’s estimate of how bad the 2009-2010 flu season was going to be, US hospitals were required to purchase Tamiflu, the anti-viral agent that is supposed to lessen the effects of the flu if you think you have it. A major hospital in a US suburban area told me the the CDC stockpiled 850,000 doses of Tamiflu to have on hand because of the H1N1 “Pandemic”. The hospital now has 799,567 doses of Tamiflu in its supply that is rapidly approaching its expiration date. This is just ONE US HOSPITAL!
Let’s talk about wasteful government spending. One dose of Tamiflu is $50.00……you do the math.Other things you should know
If you don’t fall into any of these categories:
Think about if you truly need the flu vaccine…..weigh the risks and the benefits of the vaccine and the small chance of getting the current strain of flu. Even with the H1N1 pandemic flu of 2009, you chances were much better that you wouldn’t get sick, than you would.