Vaccines

  1. The flu vaccine fails… again

    Here's more evidence in my ongoing case against vaccines. In New York, a recent spike in flu cases has been attributed to the fact that the major "A" strain of the flu has become resistant to the latest vaccine.

    That's right: in spite of all the "get a shot before the flu season" campaigns of the late fall, it appears that current influenza strains are resistant to the leading flu drug Tamiflu (oseltamivir).

    According to SUNY Downstate's dean of public health Dr. Pascal Imperato, "Influenza viruses tend to undergo frequent genetic change, so it's possible that whatever is causing the resistance might disappear over time in derivative influenza viruses." Of course, it's also possible that it won't disappear.

    I'm always amazed at the pro-vaccine people's ability to discount the evidence that vaccines aren't necessary - and to blindly continue to encourage people to get more vaccinations.

    Here's a perfect example: this same news story which talks about the failure of the Tamiflu vaccine ran in the Long Island, New York paper NEWSDAY with a sidebar under this headline: "AVOIDING THE FLU." Want to know the second point on this how-to list for dodging the flu? "Get vaccinated. It protects against circulating strains."

    You just can't make this stuff up.

  2. New Jersey mandates flu shots for preschoolers

    New Jersey mandates flu shots for preschoolers

    I've described the struggle against vaccinations as a one-step-forward, two-steps-back kind of affair. For every hard-fought gain in the anti-vaccination camp, there always seems to be a set back right around the corner. Unfortunately, I have a two-steps-back story to tell you: this month a New Jersey state law went into effect that requires mandatory flu vaccinations for children who attend licensed pre-school and child care centers.

    The logic of this horrible new law is, according to New Jersey's state epidemiologist Dr. Tina Tan, "Stopping flu transmission among kids will stop flu transmission in the community at large."

    Yeah right. Seems that Dr. Tan hasn't been reading the same reports that I have, most of which indicate that in recent years the track record of effectiveness for flu shots has been dubious at best. But what the hell - let's shoot live viruses into little kids.

    Once again, the government is going to act as the hired goon for Big Pharma. Kids who don't get the flu shot will be banned from attending class unless parents can show proof that they're intending to subject their kids to a flu shot within two weeks of the law's deadline.

    It's sickening.

    I find it particularly interesting that New Jersey is testing the waters with this new law in state licensed private schools, not public schools. I'm sure they want to see how big of a political hot potato this could be before they impose this law in public schools. After all, a CDC advisory panel recommends that ALL children from six months to 18-years old should get flu shots.

    Of course, the pro-vaccination docs are quick to tout that this law is really about good old-fashioned common sense. After all, they say, kids are little germ machines that infect one another at school, and then bring those germs home with them.

    This may be true, but the fact remains that FLU SHOTS DON'T WORK! Last year's flu season was the worst in three years - and reports said that this was due to the fact that the virus that so many people had injected into their systems was completely ineffective against the flu.

    New Jersey is the first state in the country to require compulsory flu shots for children. But with the power of Big Pharma and the pro vaccination lobbies, I'm sure it won't be the last. In fact, New Jersey has the ultimate goal of requiring FOUR additional immunizations for pre-school-age kids.

    Naturally, there's no little degree of outrage, and parents groups and anti-vaccination groups have loudly protested the law. Last fall, the New Jersey Coalition for Vaccination Choice held a rally saying that immunization is a parent's prerogative - the state should back off.

    Louise Kuo Habakus, spokeswoman for the Coalition says more and more, parents don't trust public health officials. "These are our kids," Habakus says. "We're stakeholders. You have to give us say in this debate."

    But whether or not flu shots work hasn't come up once in this debate - it's all philosophical. And for Dr. Tan, philosophy just doesn't cut it. "The New Jersey Department of health opposes philosophical exemptions only because influenza can cause destructive and serious illness among children," Tan says.

    Unfortunately, I doubt flu vaccines will do a damn thing to prevent flu.

  3. Researchers discover that people get twice as much flu vaccine as they need

    After all these years of needlessly shooting the flu virus into perfectly healthy people, researchers are just now discovering that the current vaccine dosage is DOUBLE the amount needed to be affective.
  4. Dutch treat? Holland rejects Gardasil, but

    Good news: the Dutch government recently rejected Gardasil, the needless human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine made by the Big Pharma giant Merck.
  5. Pro-vaccine columnist won't give her kids flu shots

    It sounds as though there's a hefty degree of doubt (truth?) that's sneaking into the thoughts of even the most ardent vaccination supporters.
  6. Research shows that NOT smoking is the real health hazard

    There's new research from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) that links Pfizer's antismoking drug Chantix to more than ONE THOUSAND serious incidences of seizure and loss of motor control.
  7. Restrictive drug handling laws lead to gallons narcotics in the water supply

    Turns out some of the most closely monitored and controlled drugs - like narcotics and painkillers - are disposed of by simply dumping them into the water supply!
  8. Is there a doctor in the house?

    Apparently, less than a quarter of current U.S. med students are planning on practicing internal medicine once they graduate - and only two percent intend to become general practitioners.
  9. Scientists look to 1918 flu survivors for vaccine answers

    A new study shows that some of our oldest citizens could actually better equipped to weather a disease pandemic than the rest of us.
  10. Needless vaccine can have deadly consequences

    What will it take for Big Pharma to stop pushing their dangerous and useless vaccines? Apparently, one death a month is not going to be enough.

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