Influenza – The Virus and It’s Effect
“There are three types of influenza viruses: A, B and C. Human influenza A and B viruses cause seasonal epidemics of disease almost every winter in the United States.” – CDC, 2014
“Influenza B and C viruses mainly affect humans, whereas influenza A viruses infect a range of mammalian and avian species.” – WHO, 2014
“Over 200 viruses cause influenza and ILI” (Influenza-Like Illness) – The Cochrane Collaboration, 2013
“So far, 16 HA and 9 NA subtypes of type A influenza virus have been identified and more than one hundred of the possible 144 HA-NA combinations have been found.” – PLOS One, (Public Library of Science, a peer-reviewed weekly medical journal), 2010
“Influenza A (H1N1), A (H3N2), and one or two influenza B viruses (depending on the vaccine) are included in each year’s influenza vaccine.” – CDC, 2014
U.S. Annual Mortality Rate for Flu
Between 500 – 1500 die in U.S. 2010-2012 – National Vital Statistics System, 2014
3,000 – 49,000 die in U.S. 1976–2007 – CDC, 2013
As you can see from the above statistics, there is a vast discrepancy in the range of influenza deaths in America.
According to the British Medical Journal, 2005, “US data on influenza deaths are a mess. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledges a difference between flu death and flu associated death yet uses the terms interchangeably. Additionally, there are significant statistical incompatibilities between official estimates and national vital statistics data. Compounding these problems is a marketing of fear—a CDC communications strategy in which medical experts “predict dire outcomes” during flu seasons.”
“The considerable similarity in mortality seen in pandemic and nonpandemic influenza seasons challenges common beliefs about the severity of pandemic influenza. The historical decline in influenza-classed mortality rates suggests that public health and ecological factors may play a role in influenza mortality risk. Nevertheless, the actual number of influenza-attributable deaths remains in doubt.” – The Journal of the American Medical Association, 2008
Examples of Flu Vitals Calculated With and Without Pneumonia
The CDC gives an absurdly high range of flu related deaths by including Pneumonia deaths and Flu deaths together. This is a scare tactic driving people to get vaccinated each year with the latest strain of flu. Below are figures taken from the Nationals Vital Statistics System, which meticulously calculates all the death certificates in America. These figures encompass all Americans from all age groups.
According to the National Vital Statistics System, pg. 39, 2013, the annual flu deaths in 2010 census data was just 500.
Likewise, based on 2011 data the National Vital Statistics System, pg. 23, found influenza to be the cause of death for just 1,532.
And 2012’s Influenza causalities? National Vital Statistics System put that death toll figure at 1,106.
These figures fall well short of the CDC’s 3,000 – 49,000 range. So, to demonstrate this, take a look at 2004, a year that falls between 1976 – 2007. National Vital Statistics System figure where flu and pneumonia figures are put together. The number is 59,664.
The Vaccine Not Attributable to Decrease in U.S. Flu Mortality Rates
The flu vaccine was not distributed to the American public until the 1950’s, and taking a look at the Influenza mortality rates on the chart to the right. By the ’50’s, the mortality rate had leveled off. So, the flu vaccines were not the reason for the decrease in influenza related mortality in America. – The British Medical Journal, 2013
“By the 1950s, vaccine makers were able to prepare and routinely release vaccines which could be used in the prevention or control of future pandemics. ” – Flu.gov, 2014
Flu Vaccine Increases Chance of Flu and Non-influenza Respiratory Virus Infections
Many people find anecdotally that within their circle of friends those who came down with the flu had received the flu vaccine for that season. How could this be? The flu vaccine is championed as the best defense one can take against the flu. Yet, there are documented observational studies showing that the flu vaccine may not only provide little protection against the flu, but may actually enhance your chances of contracting the virus.
“When VE (Vaccine Effectiveness) against all influenza viruses was combined, the overall VE estimate was 19% (95% CI: 7%– 29%). In practical terms, this means the flu vaccine reduced a person’s risk of having to seek medical care at a doctor’s office for flu illness by 19%.” – CDC, 2015
People who received the H1N1 (trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine) in ’08-’09 doubled their chance of getting the flu after taking the flu vaccine according to four observational studies from Canada. – PLOS Medicine, 2010. The studies stated,
“In contrast, estimates from the sentinel and three other observational studies, involving a total of 1,226 laboratory-confirmed pH1N1 cases and 1,505 controls, indicated that prior receipt of 2008–09 TIV was associated with increased risk of medically attended pH1N1 illness during the spring–summer 2009, with estimated risk or odds ratios ranging from 1.4 to 2.5.“
“On February 10, 2014, the USS Ardent, a U.S. Navy minesweeper, was moored in San Diego, California, while conducting training. Over the course of 3 days, 25 of 102 crew members sought medical care because of influenza-like illness (H3N2)…At the time of the outbreak, 99% of the crew had received influenza vaccine.” – CDC, 2014
“Vaccines given to fight this year’s flu appear to be about 62 percent effective overall” and “Of people who got the flu, 32 percent were vaccinated” according to the CDC in 2013. – NBC News, 2013
Only 55% effective against influenza A strains; the more severe cases, and only 70% effective against influenza B, which is usually less serious.
“We randomized 115 children to trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV) or placebo. Over the following 9 months, TIV recipients had increased risk of virologically-confirmed non-influenza infections (relative risk: 4.40; 95% confidence interval: 1.31-14.8). Being protected against influenza, TIV recipients may lack temporary non-specific immunity that protected against other respiratory viruses.” – Oxford Journals – Clinical Infectious Diseases, 2012
Repeated Yearly Flu Vaccinations Weaken Immunity Against Flu
In fact, receiving the flu vaccine a couple years in a row or more has been proven to provide no protection against the flu, and instead, linked to increasing the risk of other infections.
“Current-season VE (vaccine effectiveness) against H3N2 was significantly higher (65%; 95% CI, 36%–80%) among nonvaccinees (ie, those vaccinated in the current season but not during the prior 5 years) compared with frequent vaccinees (24%; 95% CI, 3%–41%; P = .01).” – Clinical Infactious Diseases, 2014
Flu shot 2 years in a row provided no protection against flu for 328 Michigan households. – CIDRAP.umn.gov, 2013
“Antibody titers to influenza HA and NA antigens may persist over multiple seasons; however, antigenic drift of circulating viruses may still necessitate annual vaccination. Vaccine seroresponse may be impaired with repeated vaccination.” – The Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2014
“Previous vaccination against seasonal influenza increased the risk of infection with the antigenically distinct influenza A/H1N1 pandemic virus in children and the risk of medically attended illness caused by this virus in adults.” – Journal of Virology, 2011
“… Pigs vaccinated against one strain of influenza were worse off if subsequently infected by a related strain of the virus.” – MedicalExpress.com, 2013 via study at Science Translational Medicine, 2013
Other Risks of Receiving Flu Vaccine
Ok, so the vaccine may not be effective at preventing the flu, but what’s the harm in giving it a shot? (See what I did there?) Turns out, there are tremendous adverse reactions that have been documented to correlate following vaccination from the oblivious pain and swelling at the injection site to far more irreparable harm, including death.
Increased Adverse Effects Quick Facts
- Non-influenza Respiratory Virus Infections
- Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Events
- Febrile Seizures
- Guillain-Barre Syndrome
- Dystonia, a neurological movement disorder
Non-influenza Respiratory Virus Infections
“We randomized 115 children to trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV) or placebo. Over the following 9 months, TIV recipients had increased risk of virologically-confirmed non-influenza infections.” – Clinical Infectious Diseases, 2012
Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Events
“Together with an inflammatory reaction, influenza A vaccine induced platelet activation and sympathovagal imbalance towards adrenergic predominance. Significant correlations were found between CRP (C-reactive protein) levels and HRV (heart rate variability) parameters, suggesting a pathophysiological link between inflammation and cardiac autonomic regulation. The vaccine-related platelet activation and cardiac autonomic dysfunction may transiently increase the risk of cardiovascular events.” – The Association for the Publication of the Journal of Internal Medicine, 2011
In the video to the right, Dr. Mark Geier, MD and PhD in genetics worked for a decade at the National Institute of Health says the following on the flu vaccine, “First, let’s start with the indisputable facts: the seasonal flu vaccine causes Guillain-Barre Syndrome… If you go to an emergency room with sudden onset of GBS symptoms, the first question the doctors will ask you is: ‘Did you recently get the flu shot?'”
“Researchers discovered that 77 people developed GBS up to 91 days after receiving the “swine flu” vaccine, amounting to 1.6 extra cases of GBS (Guillain-Barre syndrome) per 1 million people vaccinated.” – CBS News, 2013
“In 2010, 54 children under age 17 were diagnosed with narcolepsy (5.3/100 000; 17-fold increase)…We consider it likely that Pandemrix vaccination contributed, perhaps together with other environmental factors, to this increase in genetically susceptible children.” – PLOS One, 2012
“For those under the age of 21, the risk of contracting narcolepsy was 3x higher for those who were vaccinated with Pandemrix, where as those aged between 21 and 30 had double the risk.” – The Local, Sweden’s News in English, 2013
“She falls asleep on average 40 times a day”…Lucy Tonge “discovered that her sleeping disorder was very likely to have been triggered by the swine flu vaccine, which she had received in 2009 a couple of months before her symptoms first emerged.” – The Guardian, 2015
“According to Dr. Hugh Fudenberg, a leading immunogeneticist, those who consistently get the flu vaccine increase their risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 10 fold. He believes this is due to the toxic combination of aluminum and mercury in the vaccine.” – Examiner.com, 2012
“The committee concluded the evidence convincingly supports 14 specific vaccine–adverse event relationships. In all but one of these relationships, the conclusion was based on strong mechanistic evidence with the epidemiologic evidence rated as either limited confidence or insufficient.” Of these “14 specific vaccine-adverse event relationships,” 1 of them are from the influezna vaccine. The symptoms that have been confirmed to be convincingly supportive of causal is “Anaphylaxis.” – Committee to Review Adverse Effects of Vaccines; Institute of Medicine, TABLE S-2 – Summary of Causality Conclusions, 2011
“Up to one in 100 children given the jab, made in Australia by CSL and marketed in the UK by Pfizer, suffered febrile convulsions in the following hours and days.” – London Telegraph, 2010
CSL’s Fluvax vaccine was associated with an elevated rate of febrile seizures and febrile reactions within the first 24 hours after vaccination among children aged 6 months to <5 years…febrile seizures was up to 9 per 1,000 doses (up to 1 in every 110 doses). – FDA, 2011
On Fox News’ program Fox & Friends, they speak to the mother of Mary Sue, a 9 year old girl, who became paralyzed 3 days after taking the flu shot and is now confined to a wheel chair.
Desiree Jennings had a serious reaction to the annual flu shot resulting in a medical condition called Dystonia. Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder, in which sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. – Fox News DC, 2009
Dr. Kent Holtorf, an Infectious Disease Expert won’t give his kids the swine flu vaccination, and he speaks on the fact that vaccine is more dangerous than the flu itself because of all the adjuvants and it’s rush to market. Dr. Holtorf goes on to stay that the thimerosal has been linked to autism in kids with mitochondrial dysfunction. The vaccine has been proven to be a neurotoxin with 25,000 times the level of mercury acceptable if it was in foods or water. – Fox News, 2009
Children and the Flu
Health Officials Admit Vaccine Ineffectiveness
There are numerous documented reports finding children that receive the flu vaccine were provided no additional protection from the flu. Yet, the CDC and most likely your chosen pediatrician continue to not only offer you the vaccine each, but in many cases, strongly push it on you. They ought to read the following studies if they haven’t. If they have read these studies, they ought to refer you to them as well.
“For kids under age 2, the licensed vaccines are not significantly more efficacious than placebo,” according to Scientific American via Cochrane Collaboration, 2012
“Influenza vaccines are efficacious in children older than two years but little evidence is available for children under two…it was surprising to find only one study of inactivated vaccine in children under two years.” – PubMed – National Center for Biotechnology Information, 2006
“In 2 seasons with suboptimal antigenic match between vaccines and circulating strains, we could not demonstrate VE (vaccine effectiveness) in preventing influenza-related inpatient/ED (emergency department) or outpatient visits in children younger than 5 years. Further study is needed during years with good vaccine match.” – Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 2008
“They found that children who had received the flu vaccine had three times the risk of hospitalization, as compared to children who had not received the vaccine. In asthmatic children…” – ScienceDaily, 2009
“TIV (trivalent seasonal influenza vaccine) did not provide any protection against hospitalization in pediatric subjects, especially children with asthma. On the contrary, we found a threefold increased risk of hospitalization in subjects who did get the TIV vaccine.” – Allergy and Asthma Proceedings, 2012
Influenza Viral Shedding in Children
Viral shedding refers to the expulsion and release of virus progeny following successful reproduction during a host-cell infection. Once replication has been completed and the host cell is exhausted of all resources in making viral progeny, the viruses may begin to leave the cell by several methods.
“TIV (trivalent seasonal influenza vaccine) was not observed to ameliorate (make better) clinical symptoms or viral shedding among vaccine failures compared with infected placebo recipients.” – The Pediatric Infection Disease Journal, 2014
“Among subjects aged 5-8 years, 9-17 years, and 18-49 years, 44%, 27%, and 17% of subjects, respectively, shed vaccine virus after vaccination, and the mean number of positive samples per subject was 2.2, 1.8, and 1.5, respectively. Shedding occurred on days 1-11 postvaccination” for the Live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) – Vaccine, 2008
“Most children 6-59 months of age vaccinated with Ann Arbor strain LAIV shed ≥ 1 vaccine virus within 11 days of vaccination.” – Vaccine, 2011
Ann Arbor strain LAIV – FluMist was originally developed by Hunein “John” Maassab, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor, Michigan
“During an epidemic of influenza B, 43 ambulatory children were prospectively followed to determine the quantitative shedding patterns of influenza B viral infection…For the first three days of illness, greater than or equal to 93% of the children shed virus, and 74% shed on day 4.” – The Journal of Infectious Disease, 1979
Influenza-Associated Pediatric Deaths
Averaging the last 3 complete flu seasons, we find that on average there are 105 flu related deaths for persons aged less than 18 years.
Source: CDC, 2014 – based on 2010 U.S. census numbers for persons aged less than 18 years
Children Get Sick Because They Go the Doctor’s Office
Well-child visits linked to more than 700,000 subsequent flu-like illnesses. – ScienceDaily, 2014
Flu Vaccine & Elderly
Another segment of the population that is strongly urged to get a flu vaccine other than children is the elderly. But just how successful is the vaccine in preventing illness and death in this population?
“Evidence for protection in adults aged 65 years or older is lacking.” – The Lancet, 2011
“Over the last 2 decades in US, while flu vaccination rates among the elderly have increased from 15 to 65%, there has been no decrease in hospital admissions or all-cause mortality,” said Dr. Dean T. Eurich. – Reuters, 2008
“…Those aged at least 70 years, the age group that accounts for 3/4 of all influenza deaths,” have revealed using “recent excess mortality studies unable to confirm a decline in influenza-related mortality since 1980, even as vaccination coverage increased from 15% to 65%.” – The Lancet, 2007
“1173 cases and 2346 controls were included in the study. After we adjusted for the presence and severity of comorbidities, as defined by chart review, influenza vaccination was not associated with a reduced risk of community-acquired pneumonia (odds ratio 0.92, 95% CI 0.77-1.10) during the influenza season.” – The Lancet, 2008
Pregnancy & the Flu Vaccine
For many decades since the advent of vaccination in our culture, it was understood not to vaccinate pregnant women because of many potential risk of adverse reactions that could happen to the developing fetus. Today, standard modern medicine has thrown casution to the wind, and each are pushing more vaccines on pregnant women. Only time will tell since it is only recently that pregnant women have begun receiving the flu vaccine. More study will show the irreparable damage and harm done, but for now, we know the following.
“Trivalent influenza virus vaccination elicits a measurable inflammatory response among pregnant women.” – Vaccine, 2011
“Based on analysis of data from two different sources, the 2009-A-H1N1 inactivated-influenza vaccination program contributed to an estimated 1,588 miscarriages and stillbirths among women 17 to 45 years of age.” – NCOW (National Coalition of Organized Women) from VAERS database reports, 2006
“The 1.8-fold increase in female AEs (Adverse Events) reports to VAERS following administration of pandemic A-H1N1 vaccine relative to seasonal TIV in the 2009/2010 influenza season is too small of a Weber-like increased reporting effect to account for the more than 40-fold increase in fetal-loss reports. Thus, the concomitant administration of the seasonal influenza and pandemic A-H1N1 vaccines during 2009/2010 suggests a synergistic toxicity and a statistically significant higher rate of fetal loss reporting relative to the single-dose seasons.” – Human & Experimental Toxicology, 2013
So, we now know that the vaccine is significantly ineffective, if it works at all, and we know it causes irreparable harm and damage in some of those who receive it. Certainly medical professionals and the mainstream media see this as well, correct? Well, despite their best efforts in toting the flu shot’s miraculous effect, it has been noted and documented to be over hyped and ineffective in medical literature and reports.
“The flu vaccine, which hasn’t worked well to protect Americans against influenza, isn’t helping in Europe, either. The same mutated version of flu is circulating in Britain and other European countries this winter, and it’s only protected about 3 percent of those vaccinated, British health officials estimate. That’s even worse than in the U.S., where federal health officials say the vaccine reduced disease risk by 23 percent.” – NBC News, 2015
“We could not correlate increasing vaccination coverage after 1980 with declining mortality rates in any age group. Because fewer than 10% of all winter deaths were attributable to influenza in any season, we conclude that observational studies substantially overestimate vaccination benefit.” – The Journal of the American Medical Association, 2005
“Over 200 viruses cause influenza and ILI, producing the same symptoms (fever, headache, aches, pains, cough and runny noses). Without laboratory tests, doctors cannot distinguish between them as both last for days and rarely lead to death or serious illness. At best, vaccines may only be effective against influenza A and B, which represent about 10% of all circulating viruses.” – The Cochrane Collaboration, 2013
“Influenza vaccines can provide moderate protection against virologically confirmed influenza, but such protection is greatly reduced or absent in some seasons.” – The Lancet, 2011
Virologist and Manufacturers Guess Wrong Strain
In fact, most years the vaccine contains the wrong strain or the wrong mutation of the influenza virus that was administered to the public. Since the manufacturers have to work on the vaccine a year in advance in preparation for the next year’s flu vaccine to hit the market, they often guess the wrong strain.
“The U.S. health agency (CDC) issued an advisory to doctors noting that flu virus samples the agency took from Oct. 1 through Nov. 22, showed that just under half were a good match for the current influenza A (H3N2) component contained in flu shots for the 2014-2015 season, suggesting the virus has drifted.” – Fox News, 2014
“The results reveal a pattern that surprised a number of health care professionals we consulted. The vast majority of cases were negative for H1N1 as well as seasonal flu, despite the fact that many states were specifically testing patients deemed to be most likely to have H1N1 flu” ranging from 83% – 97% negative for H1N1. – CBS News, 2009
Public Health Officials Admit Hype
The type of deception that the modern medical system pushes into the mainstream reminds me of a few lines from John F Kennedy’s famous speech, “Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed.” Those in the industry that are put on TV or are quoted in the papers imploring us to get the flu vaccine also speak out of the other side of their mouth when it comes to speaking about it’s efficacy. Big pharma and the CDC admit that they have caused alarms and panic feeding an industry that results in numerous negative consequences to those that heed their advice. Fortunately, some truth does surface, and here are admissions to the hype.
“The CDC recommends anyone over six months old get a flu shot, and says the vaccine’s effectiveness wears off so those who got shots last year still need them this year.” – The Wall Street Journal, 2011
“…and vaccine-induced protection was greatest for individuals not vaccinated during the prior 5 years.” – Oxford University Press via the Infectious Diseases Society of America, 2014
“A CDC spokesman warned last spring that creating “alarms” and “dire outcomes” from the flu fueled the demand for flu shots last season.” – The Washington Times, 2004
WHO redefined the term “pandemic” on June 11th, 2009 right before the H1N1 flu outbreak in order raise alarms and sell vaccines. – Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg – Hearing on “The handling of the H1N1 pandemic: more transparency needed?”
Dr. Oz admits that he won’t give his own family the H1N1 virus. And he admits that there will be problems with this vaccine for some people who will have adverse effects. Feel free to fast forward the youtube video 5:02 to hear it yourself. “I will tell you, my wife’s not getting immunized and neither is my kids because I got four of them and when I go home I’m not Dr. Oz; I’m Mr. Oz.” – Dr. Mehmet Oz, CNN, 2009
“…the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV, or the “nasal spray vaccine”) and inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV or “the flu shot). During 2013-2014 there was no measurable effectiveness for LAIV against influenza A (H1N1) among children enrolled in the study.” – CDC, 2014
“The chief avian flu coordinator for the United Nations, Dave Nabarro, said last fall he was “almost certain” a bird flu pandemic would strike soon, and predicted up to 150 million deaths.” – NBC News, 2006
1976 Swine Flu Vaccine Failure
The Vaccine – killed 25 people and gave 500 people Guillian-Barre
The Swine Flu Virus – killed 1 person and only 200 even got the Flu
“The $137-million program began in early October, but within days reports emerged that the vaccine appeared to increase the risk for Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare neurological condition that causes temporary paralysis but can be fatal…More than 500 people are thought to have developed Guillain-Barre syndrome after receiving the vaccine; 25 died.” – Los Angeles Times, 2009
“However, the pandemic, which some experts estimated at the time could infect 50 million to 60 million Americans, never unfolded. Only about 200 cases of swine flu and one death were ultimately reported in the U.S., the CDC said.”- Los Angeles Times, 2009
Tune in to this ABC News interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dir, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases around 4 minutes in where they discuss the false pandemic and the 25 avoidable deaths due to the ’76 swine flu vaccine.
Americans Realizing the Hype
There is a measurable backlash from all of the pushing of the flu vaccine on the public leading the majority of Americans, 64.8%, turning down the flu shot. – Washington Post, 2013
The majority (56%) of reason for those who have decided to go unvaccinated site either that they: “don’t need it,” “don’t believe in it,” or “think they will get sicker.”
Different Types of Vaccines & Viruses
“Germany has two types of H1N1 flu vaccines; one for “top government officials in Berlin will be injected with an alternative vaccine — one widely seen as safer” and one that “increase(s) the risk of side effects from the flu vaccine such as fevers and headaches” for everyone else. – Spiegel, 2009
“…offering one vaccine believed to have fewer side effects to civil servants, politicians and soldiers, and another, potentially riskier vaccine to everyone else.” – Time, 2009
“The United Nations (UN), through the UN Environment Programme, began negotiations to write the global, legally binding Minamata Convention…condoning a two-tier standard of vaccine safety: a predominantly no-thimerosal and reduced-thimerosal standard for developed nations and a predominantly thimerosal-containing one for developing nations.” – PubMed – National Center for Biotechnology Information, 2014
“Some influenza researchers are trying to make the H5N1 bird-flu virus more dangerous to humans by repeatedly infecting laboratory ferrets.” – Independent.co.uk , 2013
“A controversial scientist who carried out provocative research on making influenza viruses more infectious has completed his most dangerous experiment to date by deliberately creating a pandemic strain of flu that can evade the human immune system.” – The Independent, 2014
“The vaccine is made without growing the influenza virus in chicken eggs, which is the way that flu shots were made for more than four decades. Instead, Flucelvax is grown in kidney cells from dogs.” – Time, 2014