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Serious Vaccine Reactions to Now Be Called 'Coincidence'?

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swine flu, vaccine, swine flu vaccineEvery day Americans wake up to news reports that warn us about the dangers of influenza, especially the new H1N1 “swine flu”.

But swine flu is mild for most people and the virus is not mutating into a more serious form.

Millions of people around the world have recovered from swine flu, and millions more will get sick with fevers, body aches, nasal congestion, cough and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting and recover from it this year and next year without any complications.

Nonetheless, wide-scale vaccination is being encouraged -- even though swine flu vaccines have been tested on only a few thousand healthy Americans for a few weeks. There is little or no information about how safe the vaccine is for pregnant women and chronically ill or disabled children.

If you or your child are injured from getting a flu swine flu shot, you are on your own. Congress has shielded the vaccine manufacturers and any person giving swine flu shots from lawsuits if people get hurt.

There is no funded government vaccine injury compensation program for swine flu vaccine.

Do NOT let a doctor or anyone else tell you that a serious health problem you or your child experiences after vaccination is a coincidence and allow more shots to be given until you know for sure.

The most tragic cases of vaccine injury occur when vaccine reaction symptoms are dismissed as a 'coincidence" and more vaccines are given that result in more severe symptoms -- and sometimes end with permanent brain and immune system damage or death.

But while Americans are still debating whether to roll up their sleeves for a swine flu shot, companies have already figured it out: vaccines are good for business.

Drug companies have sold $1.5 billion worth of swine flu shots, in addition to the $1 billion for seasonal flu they booked earlier this year. These inoculations are part of a much wider and rapidly growing $20 billion global vaccine market.

"The vaccine market is booming," says Bruce Carlson, spokesperson at market research firm Kalorama, which publishes an annual survey of the vaccine industry. "It's an enormous growth area for pharmaceuticals at a time when other areas are not doing so well," he says, noting that the pipeline for more traditional blockbuster drugs such as Lipitor and Nexium has thinned.

As always with pandemic flus, taxpayers are footing the $1.5 billion check for the 250 million swine flu vaccines that the government has ordered so far and will be distributing free to doctors, pharmacies and schools. In addition, Congress has set aside more than $10 billion this year to research flu viruses, monitor H1N1's progress and educate the public about prevention.

Drugmakers pocket most of the revenues from flu sales, with Sanofi-Pasteur, Glaxo Smith Kline and Novartis cornering most of the market.

But some say it's not just drugmakers who stand to benefit. Doctors collect copayments for special office visits to inject shots, and there have been assertions that these doctors actually profit handsomely from these vaccinations.

Photo credit: AP / Sue Ogrocki, The Sacramento Bee October 12, 2009

Protect Your Right to Informed Consent and Defend Vaccine Exemptions

With all the uncertainty surrounding the safety and efficacy of vaccines, it's critical to protect your right to make independent health choices and exercise voluntary informed consent to vaccination. It is urgent that everyone in America stand up and fight to protect and expand vaccine informed consent protections in state public health and employment laws. The best way to do this is to get personally involved with your state legislators and educating the leaders in your community.

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National vaccine policy recommendations are made at the federal level but vaccine laws are made at the state level. It is at the state level where your action to protect your vaccine choice rights can have the greatest impact. It is critical for EVERYONE to get involved now in standing up for the legal right to make voluntary vaccine choices in America because those choices are being threatened by lobbyists representing drug companies, medical trade associations, and public health officials, who are trying to persuade legislators to strip all vaccine exemptions from public health laws.

Signing up for NVIC's free Advocacy Portal at www.NVICAdvocacy.org gives you immediate, easy access to your own state legislators on your Smart Phone or computer so you can make your voice heard. You will be kept up-to-date on the latest state bills threatening your vaccine choice rights and get practical, useful information to help you become an effective vaccine choice advocate in your own community. Also, when national vaccine issues come up, you will have the up-to-date information and call to action items you need at your fingertips.

So please, as your first step, sign up for the NVIC Advocacy Portal.

Share Your Story with the Media and People You Know

If you or a family member has suffered a serious vaccine reaction, injury, or death, please talk about it. If we don't share information and experiences with one another, everybody feels alone and afraid to speak up. Write a letter to the editor if you have a different perspective on a vaccine story that appears in your local newspaper. Make a call in to a radio talk show that is only presenting one side of the vaccine story.

I must be frank with you; you have to be brave because you might be strongly criticized for daring to talk about the "other side" of the vaccine story. Be prepared for it and have the courage to not back down. Only by sharing our perspective and what we know to be true about vaccination will the public conversation about vaccination open up so people are not afraid to talk about it.

We cannot allow the drug companies and medical trade associations funded by drug companies or public health officials promoting forced use of a growing list of vaccines to dominate the conversation about vaccination. The vaccine injured cannot be swept under the carpet and treated like nothing more than "statistically acceptable collateral damage" of national one-size-fits-all mandatory vaccination policies that put way too many people at risk for injury and death. We shouldn't be treating people like guinea pigs instead of human beings.

Internet Resources Where You Can Learn More

I encourage you to visit the website of the non-profit charity, the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), at www.NVIC.org:

  • NVIC Memorial for Vaccine Victims: View descriptions and photos of children and adults, who have suffered vaccine reactions, injuries, and deaths. If you or your child experiences an adverse vaccine event, please consider posting and sharing your story here.
  • If You Vaccinate, Ask 8 Questions: Learn how to recognize vaccine reaction symptoms and prevent vaccine injuries.
  • Vaccine Freedom Wall: View or post descriptions of harassment and sanctions by doctors, employers, and school and health officials for making independent vaccine choices.

Connect with Your Doctor or Find a New One That Will Listen and Care

If your pediatrician or doctor refuses to provide medical care to you or your child unless you agree to get vaccines you don't want, I strongly encourage you to have the courage to find another doctor. Harassment, intimidation, and refusal of medical care is becoming the modus operandi of the medical establishment in an effort to stop the change in attitude of many parents about vaccinations after they become truly educated about health and vaccination.

However, there is hope.

At least 15 percent of young doctors recently polled admit that they're starting to adopt a more individualized approach to vaccinations in direct response to the vaccine safety concerns of parents. It is good news that there is a growing number of smart young doctors, who prefer to work as partners with parents in making personalized vaccine decisions for children, including delaying vaccinations or giving children fewer vaccines on the same day or continuing to provide medical care for those families, who decline use of one or more vaccines.

So take the time to locate a doctor, who treats you with compassion and respect and is willing to work with you to do what is right for your child.


Dr. Mercola's Comments:

The vaccine market is booming right now. Already, drug companies have sold $1.5 billion worth of swine flu shots, in addition to the $1 billion for seasonal flu they booked earlier this year. In addition to that, Congress has set aside more than $10 billion this year to research flu viruses, monitor H1N1's progress and educate the public about prevention.

But there is still some good news in the midst of all this, and that is that more people than ever before are finally beginning to sit up and take notice, and are beginning to consider the risks versus benefits of flu vaccinations.

As I recently reported, a new poll by Consumer Reports shows that nearly 2/3 of American parents plan to either hold off on vaccinating their children against the H1N1 (swine flu) virus, or won't vaccinate them at all.

In fact, quite a number of surveys, polls and studies are showing that more and more people are refusing the swine flu shot for themselves or their children over health and safety concerns.

And even a recent New York Times article acknowledges this site as playing an important role in educating the public about vaccine safety concerns, which has contributed to a less than wholehearted embrace of the government’s recommendation to rush out and get vaccinated.

The NY Times reports that, "The popular Web site Mercola.com is urging parents not to get the flu vaccine ...", with the result that the majority of parents are now planning to refuse to let their children get these shots.

Largely as a result of this Web site's posting the information, and your sharing it with your friends and relatives, we have together created MAJOR doubt in the minds of many consumers about the value of these vaccinations. Many people are now coming to the realization that flu vaccinations can cause serious health problems.

Together, we are making a difference! A difference that is likely saving people’s lives and preventing permanent and irreversible health consequences.

Have You Thought About This?

Barbara Loe Fisher with the National Vaccine Information Center brings up several important points to consider in her blog, Vaccine Awakening. I highly recommend you read her article in its entirety, but here are a few of the highlights:

  • Getting vaccinated in a non-medical setting can be very dangerous.

    The swine flu vaccine is now being offered all over the place; in pharmacies, stores, schools, and even drive-by kiosks. Getting vaccinated in a non-medical setting like this can be very risky. For example, if you drive away immediately after getting vaccinated and suffer an unexpected allergic reaction or collapse, it could be deadly, not only for you but also for innocent bystanders and others sharing the road with you.

    These places also do not have the ability to properly evaluate your medical history, nor perform the necessary follow-up, should you have any adverse reactions.

  • If you get vaccinated and suffer health complications, REPORT IT!

    This is a crucial element of vaccine safety, and diligent reporting of all adverse reactions can help save the lives of others. As Fisher recommends, insist that the health care worker who gave you the vaccine immediately files a report with the US federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). If they, for whatever reason, won’t do it, you CAN file it yourself!

    To file a report yourself, simply go to www.vaers.hhs.gov and follow the instructions.

  • Don’t accept “coincidences” when it comes to vaccine reactions.

    I strongly agree with her concern when she says:

    “Do NOT let a doctor or anyone else tell you that a serious health problem you or your child experiences after vaccination is a coincidence and allow more shots to be given until you know for sure.

    The most tragic cases of vaccine injury occur when vaccine reaction symptoms are dismissed as a 'coincidence" and more vaccines are given that result in more severe symptoms and sometimes end with permanent brain and immune system damage or death.”
  • There is NO safety data or precedent for receiving 3-4 flu shots in one season.

    Even though the media and government pronouncements sound confident and authoritative it’s vital to realize that the current recommendations by doctors and health officials are unprecedented, and highly experimental.

    Some people, including children under the age of 10, are urged to get as many as four flu shots this year: two shots for seasonal flu and one or two more for swine flu, depending on a few different factors.

    Never before have this many flu shots been given in a single season, and there is absolutely no information about the safety of doing so. 

  • Standing up for health care workers’ right to choose could save you from mandatory vaccination down the line.

    As of right now, the swine flu vaccination program is still voluntary – unless you’re a health care worker that is… New York and other states have already implemented laws that force their health care workers to get the swine flu vaccine in order to work.

    According to a recent report in Time Magazine, this includes not just NY doctors and nurses who care for patients, but also administrative staff, including housekeeping and food-service personnel.

    What does that tell you about the possibility of mandatory vaccinations for the rest of us?

Anti-Virals Now Pose Serious Health Threat from Environmental Sources Too

According to a Japanese study published in the September 28 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives, the flu drug Tamiflu is now contaminating rivers downstream of sewage-treatment facilities.

The source? Urinary excretion from people taking Tamiflu (oseltamivir phosphate).

Researchers are quite concerned that birds exposed to these waterborne residues could develop and spread drug-resistant strains of various types of flu.

Science News reports:

“Once ingested, virtually all Tamiflu will end up in the environment in the active form, notes environmental chemist Jerker Fick of Umeå University in Sweden. The reason: Tamiflu becomes active once the body converts it into a carboxylate form.

Roughly 80 percent of an ingested dose becomes this OC, which your body eventually excretes.
Your body sheds the remaining 20 percent of Tamiflu in its original form, but this phosphate form is immediately turned into the active, carboxylate form when it reaches a water treatment plant, he says.”

Making matters worse, previous studies have confirmed that water treatment removes ZERO percent of this drug, and appears to have a half-life of approximately three weeks, once exposed to sunlight.

I bring this up to demonstrate the long-term dangers inherent in our current drug-based paradigm.

Each time you take a drug like Tamiflu, you not only expose yourself to potentially serious health risks, you’re also contributing to a growing problem of ever more drug-resistant flu strains that can affect countless others. The willy-nilly administering of anti-virals goes far beyond just the immediate health risks – it affects the environment and every living thing in it, including the human race at the top of the food chain.

The fact remains that there are many FAR BETTER alternatives to anti-viral drugs and vaccines. These drugs are not essential for human health – nutritious food, clean water, and an overall healthy lifestyle are.

I’ve listed my top recommendations for avoiding the flu on many occasions. For a refresher, you can find that list here.

In addition, should you be forced to take the swine flu shot, please review Dr. Blaylock’s recommendations on what to do in that situation.

The Time to Act is Now

I urge you to join NVIC and become a grassroots vaccine safety and informed consent advocate in your community.

“Stand up for the human right to make informed, voluntary health care choices, including vaccine choices, today - so your children and grandchildren and all Americans will have that right tomorrow.” Barbara Loe Fisher

If, like NVIC says, we don’t stand up for our rights to choose now, there is no doubt in my mind we’ll all be paying for it, both financially and physically, in the years to come.

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