Experimental vaccine pushed on students

It's a disease that's struck a handful of students, killed no one and isn't expected to spread much, if at all -- yet health officials want to inject up to 15,000 people with an experimental, dangerous and unapproved vaccine anyway.

I don't know about you, but I smell a rat.

The disease is meningitis B, and you've seen the headlines by now. There's an "outbreak" at Princeton University in New Jersey.

That's what the media is calling it: an outbreak, one so bad that the feds have signed off on the supposedly urgent use of an unapproved and experimental new vaccine on students, faculty and staff.

But hold on a minute here... because this "outbreak" involves just seven people, and not on the same day, in the same week or even in the same month.

It's taken eight months -- eight months for seven people to fall ill, so we're not exactly talking about an epidemic here.

So what's really going on? Beats me -- but I do know this: The makers of this vaccine are having a heckuva time getting it approved. It hasn't been proven safe or effective, and meningitis B is rare enough that health officials in some nations say it's not cost effective to inject everyone with it anyway, even if it did work as advertised.

Seems to me like a well-publicized "outbreak" just might conveniently change that line of thought.

Listen, I won't downplay meningitis. It's nasty business. It can kill you, and leave you crippled and disfigured if you do survive. But it's not like the cold or flu. You won't get it from the air, a doorknob or a handrail.

You need close and even intimate contact with a sick person -- usually contact with saliva.

There are much easier ways to stop the spread than an experimental vaccine, and it starts with immune-boosting nutrients, common-sense hygiene and limiting intimate contact.

Yes, I realize these are college kids... but this is Princeton. They're supposed to be smart, right?

I'm not done with vaccines yet. Keep reading for the latest outrage on the swine flu shot millions were conned into getting.