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Most Britons Reject Swine Flu Vaccine

December 08, 2009 | 47,652 views

swine flu vaccine, H1N1More than half of Britons being offered vaccination against pandemic H1N1 flu are turning it down because they fear side effects or think the virus is too mild to bother.

A survey of more than 100 family doctors indicated that there was widespread resistance from patients, and that on average only 46 percent of those offered the vaccination agree to have it.

Doctors reported particular difficulties in persuading pregnant women to be vaccinated against the virus.

Skepticism has been growing in Britain and other European countries about health authorities' handling of the H1N1 pandemic, because the number of people infected has been lower than originally feared.

Further, rates of infection by the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus may have peaked in late October, according to a new report by Quest Diagnostics.

As U.S. health officials struggle to vaccinate tens of millions of Americans against the pandemic of swine flu, some are now even looking regretfully at one easy way to instantly double or triple the number of doses available -- by using an immune booster called an adjuvant.

These additives broaden the body's response to a vaccine, reducing the amount of active ingredient called antigen needed. They are widely used in European flu vaccines as well as in Canada. But not in the United States -- even though the federal government has spent nearly $700 million buying them.

The reason -- people might not trust them.

Polls show that only about half of Americans plan to be vaccinated against H1N1. Of those who do not, about half say they worry about safety.

Further, The World Health Organization is looking into reports in Britain and the United States that the H1N1 flu may have developed resistance to Tamiflu in people with severely suppressed immune systems.

Britain's Health Protection Agency (HPA) said five cases have been confirmed in Wales of patients infected with H1N1 resistant to Tamiflu.
 

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

The massive swine flu vaccination propaganda push seems to be falling on deaf ears, or perhaps more accurately, is being squelched by informed people making the wise, common sense decision to avoid becoming an H1N1 vaccine guinea pig.

Echoing the majority of Britons who have decided to skip the swine flu vaccine, nearly 7 out of 10 Americans in the 18-29 age bracket said they will not get the H1N1 vaccine, according to an ABC News-Washington Post poll on October 22. Ditto for 62 percent of those aged 30-64, and 53 percent of seniors, aged 65 and over.

But this doesn’t mean the hard-sell vaccine push is over. Far from it.

Even as Quest Diagnostics’ Health Trends Report showed that H1N1 cases appear to have peaked in October, with rates of positive H1N1 test results declining in nearly all age groups and most U.S. regions since late October, the CDC still recommends getting vaccinated.

If you are one of those people still on the fence, trying to decide whether or not you should get the H1N1 vaccine for yourself or your child, I urge you to read my previous article, CBS Reveals that Swine Flu Cases Seriously Overestimated, if you have not already done so, to get a much clearer picture of this overhyped threat.

For example, according to the CBS News investigation, when you come down with chills, fever, cough, runny nose, malaise and all those other "flu-like" symptoms, the likelihood of the illness being caused by influenza is, at most, 17 percent of the time, and as little as 3 percent!

The other 83 to 97 percent of the time it's caused by other viruses or bacteria.

Based on this fact, and the fact that the CDC changed the way they count “H1N1 cases” as of the end of August, to now include any and all “flu-like symptoms,” it’s quite possible that current mortality statistics are exaggerated by as much as 80-90 percent, or more!

Is the Vaccine Even Effective?

If you read through the package inserts for the injectable, inactivated flu vaccines, you will find the following paragraph:

"Specific levels of HI antibody titers post-vaccination with inactivated influenza virus vaccine have not been correlated with protection from influenza virus. In some human studies, antibody titers of 1:40 or greater have been associated with protection from influenza illness in up to 50% of subjects."

What that paragraph explains is that, to the best of our knowledge, the vaccine only works in half, or less, of those individuals who attain the specified level of seroconversion after vaccination.

The FDA defines seroconversion as achieving an antibody titer of 1:40.

This means that if a vaccine was 100 percent effective at achieving this level of seroconversion, it would protect up to 50 percent of the recipients of the vaccine.

But none of the vaccines are 100 percent effective at achieving seroconversion.

CSL's vaccine insert, for example, states that their H1N1 vaccine provides seroconversion for:

  • 48.7 percent of people aged 18-65

  • 34 percent for seniors, 65 and older

That means that, at best, their vaccine produces antibody levels in one out of every four people!

Which, of course, means that the vaccine does NOT work in three out of every four people…

Is a 25 percent chance of reaping any sort of benefit worth the risk? For a mild, over-hyped illness?

The Heartbreaking Side Effects of the H1N1 Vaccine are Beginning to Surface

This past article contains personal stories of heartbreak -- pregnant women who lost their babies just hours or days after getting the H1N1 vaccine this year.

Naturally, the standard comeback is that miscarriages are commonplace, and surely have nothing to do with the vaccine. However, to simply dismiss these events as “coincidences” is a serious mistake.

Perhaps some of the 20 women on one of the blogs would have miscarried anyway, but when a number of women have healthy, uneventful pregnancies up until they’re injected with a vaccine, and then suddenly miscarry, it most certainly warrants investigation!

Meanwhile, Jordan McFarland, a 14-year-old boy from Virginia, is weak and struggling to walk after coming down with a reported case of Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) within hours after receiving the H1N1 vaccine for swine flu.

At the beginning of November, a 42-year-old Quebec woman died two days after receiving the H1N1 vaccine. But did authorities report it as an adverse reaction to the vaccine?

No! Instead, they attributed her death to complications resulting from the H1N1 virus!

I suppose they did this because she developed flu-like symptoms. What they didn’t say was that flu-like symptoms are also some of the adverse reactions you get from receiving a flu shot.

They also didn’t say that other reactions can include Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) convulsions, syncope (fainting), blood and lymphatic system disorders, and immune disorders such as anaphylaxis, just to name a few – all events that can be life-threatening enough to end in death.

It’s no surprise, then, that when an 80-year-old man died in Quebec after getting his H1N1 vaccine, health officials dismissed that too, saying it was too soon to link his death to the shot.

Get the Facts Before You Get the Vaccine

The mainstream press just keeps plugging the same old propaganda, disregarding what is actually happening.

The truth is, while the mortality rate of swine flu is extremely low, what is happening is that people are dying or suffering life-altering disabilities shortly after receiving the flu vaccine, whether it’s seasonal or H1N1 -- and officials accept this as the cost of doing business.

But do you?

I suggest that before you take this shot, ask your doctor to supply you with a package insert from the vaccine, and to discuss all the possible adverse reactions with you. Any health professional should be able to do this -- in fact, it is part of something called “informed consent,” which is required for any medical procedure, including each and every vaccination.

But just in case your doctor doesn’t have the insert handy, or has forgotten about informed consent, you can find four of the five inserts here. I predict that what you learn there will not be something you read in your local newspaper.


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