More People Died From the Swine Flu Vaccine than Swine Flu

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I’ve followed the opinions of Dr. Mercola for over a decade,  he does a good job of separating industry driven hype from consumer-centric need-to-know facts. Since I found the information helpful I’m passing the link on to you.

Critical Alert: The Swine Flu Pandemic – Fact or Fiction?

American health officials declared a public health emergency as cases of swine flu were confirmed in the U.S. Health officials across the world fear this could be the leading edge of a global pandemic emerging from Mexico, where seven people are confirmed dead as a result of the new virus.

On Wednesday April 29th, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised its pandemic alert level to five on its six-level threat scale,1 which means they’ve determined that the virus is capable of human-to-human transmission. The initial outbreaks across North America reveal an infection already traveling at higher velocity than did the last official pandemic strain, the 1968 Hong Kong flu.

Phase 5 had never been declared since the warning system was introduced in 2005 in response to the avian influenza crisis. Phase 6 means a pandemic is under way.

Several nations have imposed travel bans, or made plans to quarantine air travelers2 that present symptoms of the swine flu despite the fact that WHO now openly states it is not possible to contain the spread of this infection and recommends mitigation measures, not restricting travel or closing borders.

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***update 10.22.2009 There is no compensation for individuals injured by the current swine flu vaccine and you can’t sue your doctor even in instances of gross negligence.

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8 responses to “More People Died From the Swine Flu Vaccine than Swine Flu

  1. mikestevens38

    Mexico has revised down the suspected death toll from swine flu from 176 to 101.

    So, what did the 75 die from? Another pandemic? More material for media hype?

  2. Maybe worried about tourism. Thank you for adding that information, its a shame when people have to weigh who is being protected.

  3. mikestevens38

    Jody

    Thanks for that information. Much appreciated. I am a retired microbiologist but not an epidemiologist, and am highly sceptical as many people here in the UK are. This of course may be due to that fact that we have not any serious cases, and have had many, more deaths last week from the”usual” winter influenza.

  4. I’m not surprised that you’re from the UK, it’s pretty common to see the British take a very different approach to food additives and medicine because your country has national health care. Governments have more incentive to protect health when they are the ones who will largely foot the bill. They’ve banned GMO’s, irradiated foods and have wisely taken a more careful approach. In the US you must prove harm to have something removed but in your country there is more emphasis on proving safety before its allowed in the system.

    I fear that the UK will migrate towards a system like that of the US, if not voluntarily then by virtue of pressure from the WTO. What really needs to happen is the US should be moving towards a system similar to that of the EU.

    I will look for the data but I know that officially identifying an “epidemic” extends certain over reaching protections to the pharmaceutical industry. For example, if you got a swine flu vaccine during an “epidemic” and died, you would have no legal recourse against the manufacturer, even in the event of gross negligence. The legislation passed years ago and to my knowledge has never been repealed. I’ll find the information and post it during the week.

    Thanks for your additions to the discussion.

  5. Hi, nice post. I have been pondering this topic,so thanks for sharing. I’ll definitely be coming back to your blog.

  6. mikestevens38

    Very perceptive Jody, I enjoyed your posts and comment and look forward to more.

  7. jwhendy

    I get mercola’s emails as well… one issue I have is that if you follow his source to daily mail, these ‘facts’ about more people dying from the vaccine than the flu are not cited whatsoever. There are no sources at all listed for any of the dailymail ‘facts.’ I’ve read that people have died from the vaccine as well, but never track down an authoritative source.

    While I’m strongly anti-vaccine, we absolutely have to be well-documented; otherwise we’re just taking part in perpetuating untruths like the rest of the government/big-pharma folks.

    My Reply: You are incorrect, vaccine injury is so prevalent that U.S Dept of Health and Human Services established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program which as of October 1, 1988, also includes the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986. According to statistics some 4,000 people fell ill after taking the swine flu vaccine in 1976; 500 contracted a paralyzing nerve disorder and more than 30 people died. Some military personnel and first responders who took the smallpox vaccine in 2003 suffered heart attacks, increased risk of heart inflammation and neurological disorders.

    Ordinarily, when our government grants liability exemptions to pharmaceutical companies, it provides some form of relief for consumers who are injured. For example, the 1976 Swine Flu Act allowed those who had bad reactions to the vaccine to sue the government under an expanded version of the Federal Tort Claims Act. In 2003, the government set up a compensation plan for people injured by the smallpox vaccine after people refused to get vaccinated without it. And then as mentioned earlier, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has been available for children suffering bad reactions to childhood vaccines.

    Unless you know where to look the information is unfortunately difficult to find, thanks for commenting.

    http://www.hrsa.gov/Vaccinecompensation/statistics_report.htm
    http://www.hrsa.gov/Vaccinecompensation/table.htm

  8. You are incorrect, vaccine injury is so prevalent that U.S Dept of Health and Human Services established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program which as of October 1, 1988, also includes the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986. According to statistics some 4,000 people fell ill after taking the swine flu vaccine in 1976; 500 contracted a paralyzing nerve disorder and more than 30 people died. Some military personnel and first responders who took the smallpox vaccine in 2003 suffered heart attacks, increased risk of heart inflammation and neurological disorders.

    Ordinarily, when our government grants liability exemptions to pharmaceutical companies, it provides some form of relief for consumers who are injured. For example, the 1976 Swine Flu Act allowed those who had bad reactions to the vaccine to sue the government under an expanded version of the Federal Tort Claims Act. In 2003, the government set up a compensation plan for people injured by the smallpox vaccine after people refused to get vaccinated without it. And then as mentioned earlier, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has been available for children suffering bad reactions to childhood vaccines.

    Unless you know where to look the information is unfortunately difficult to find, thanks for commenting.

    Here is a link to the US Dept of Health and Human Service website it shows the vaccine injury table. http://www.hrsa.gov/Vaccinecompensation/table.htm

    Claims Reported and compensated or dismissed in court http://www.hrsa.gov/Vaccinecompensation/statistics_report.htm

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