Recent Swine Flu & Vaccine News

The amount of news going around this past week about the Swine Flu and it’s forthcoming vaccine is enough to make your head spin. So, I am posting a recap of everything that’s been happening. If you only take away one thing from this post, take this away, “do not let your child(ren), family or friends get this vaccination”

Swine Flu Vaccines, the current pandemic and Baxter International
Vaccines as Biological Weapons? Live Avian Flu Virus Placed in Baxter Vaccine Materials Sent to 18 Countries
Tuesday, March 03, 2009 by: Mike Adams

Deerfield, Illinois-based pharmaceutical company Baxter International Inc. has just been caught shipping live avian flu viruses mixed with vaccine material to medical distributors in 18 countries. The “mistake” (if you can call it that, see below…) was discovered by the National Microbiology Laboratory in Canada. The World Health Organization was alerted and panic spread throughout the vaccine community as health experts asked the obvious question: How could this have happened?

Baxter Files Swine Flu Vaccine Patent a Year Ahead of Outbreak
by Lori Price

“In particular preferred embodiments the composition or vaccine comprises more than one antigen…..such as
influenza A and influenza B in particular selected from of one or more of the human H1N1, H2N2, H3N2, H5N1, H7N7, H1N2,
H9N2, H7N2, H7N3, H10N7 subtypes, of the pig flu H1N1, H1N2, H3N1 and H3N2 subtypes, of the dog or horse flu H7N7,
H3N8 subtypes or of the avian H5N1, H7N2, H1N7, H7N3,H13N6, H5N9, H11N6, H3N8, H9N2, H5N2, H4N8, H10N7, H2N2,
H8N4, H14N5, H6N5, H12N5 subtypes.”

Baxter Can Take No More H1N1 Flu Vaccine Orders Written by Bill Berkrot, Reuters

While at least 50 governments have placed orders or are negotiating with drug companies for supplies of flu vaccine against the fast spreading H1N1 strain, the lone U.S.-based maker has already taken on as much as it can handle. Baxter International Inc (BAX.N) said on Thursday it has taken orders from five countries, including Britain, Ireland and New Zealand, for a total of 80 million doses of H1N1 vaccine and will not take any more.

Homeless people die after bird flu vaccine trial in Poland
By Matthew Day in Warsaw

The medical staff, from the northern town of Grudziadz, are being investigated over medical trials on as many as 350 homeless and poor people last year, which prosecutors say involved an untried vaccine to the highly-contagious virus.

Authorities claim that the alleged victims received £1-2 to be tested with what they thought was a conventional flu vaccine but, according to investigators, was actually an anti bird-flu drug.

Safety questions over swine flu jab
Vaccine will be rushed out before results of health checks are known
By Jeremy Laurance, Health editor

The first doses of swine flu vaccine will be given to the public before full data on its safety and effectiveness become available, doctors confirmed yesterday.

The aim is to provide maximum protection against the pandemic in the shortest possible time.

But, unlike seasonal flu vaccine, the pandemic version will be spread over two doses in a higher quantity, and one brand is expected to contain a chemical additive to make it go further, potentially increasing the risk of side-effects.

Children, who are most vulnerable to swine flu and are likely to be among those first in line for the jab, may get the vaccine more than a month before trial results are received.

Adam Finn, professor of paediatrics at the University of Bristol and an expert on vaccination who will be testing the pandemic vaccine, said: “There will be a period where a risk judgement will have to be made. It will depend if there is an increase in the number of cases and deaths. Children are potent spreaders [of the virus] – they are now seen as the engine of the epidemic. We are dealing with information as it comes in – we could be dealing with a far worse epidemic, and we need to act sooner rather than later.”

Death by Vaccine
Natural Solutions Foundation
www.HealthFreedomUSA.org
www.GlobalHealthFreedom.org

When you peruse just today’s top stories, you will, I believe, come to the same conclusion General Stubblebine and I have come to. That the people of the world are facing an engineered, media-powered “pandemic” panic leading to the mandating of a dangerous, untested, unproven, uninsurable (sic) “swine flu vaccine” — this blog entry is background information for our July 16, 2009 Health Freedom Action eAlert – see: http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/?p=3101

US to hold emergency meeting on swine flu vaccine

WASHINGTON — US immunization experts have called an emergency meeting to map out a plan for vaccinating Americans against swine flu when influenza season returns in the coming months, a health official said Friday.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will hold an “emergency or off-cycle meeting” on swine flu on July 29, said Anne Shuchat, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“They will be deliberating on recommendations for which populations should be targeted for vaccination with the 2009 H1N1 vaccine, and they will also be deliberating on whether prioritization, or tiering, of potentially limited vaccine supply would be appropriate,” Schuchat told reporters.

Pharmaceutical companies around the world are in the early stages of developing a vaccine against the (A)H1N1 flu virus, and concern has been raised that the vaccine will not be ready or available in sufficient quantities for a mass immunization campaign when the northern hemisphere’s flu season returns with the cooler autumn weather.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said last week at a flu summit held just outside Washington that clinical trials on a first candidate vaccine against swine flu were expected to begin next month.

The tests would take “a couple of months” to determine whether the vaccine is safe and effective and what the appropriated dosage should be, Fauci said.

On Wednesday, World Health Organization (WHO) chief Margaret Chan warned that a vaccine to combat the swine flu pandemic would not be readily available for several months.

The CDC said 263 people have died of swine flu in the United States and more than 40,000 infections with the virus have been confirmed.

US officials believe around a million people have already had swine flu in the United States, but went under the radar because the virus caused only mild infection and they did not seek medical care.

World Health Organization to stop tracking Swine Flu Cases
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
Published: July 16, 2009

In a move that caught many public health experts by surprise, the World Health Organization quietly announced Thursday that it would stop tracking swine flu cases and deaths around the world.

Legal immunity set for swine flu vaccine makers
By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer Mike Stobbe, Ap Medical Writer

ATLANTA – The last time the government embarked on a major vaccine campaign against a new swine flu, thousands filed claims contending they suffered side effects from the shots. This time, the government has already taken steps to head that off.

Vaccine makers and federal officials will be immune from lawsuits that result from any new swine flu vaccine, under a document signed by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, government health officials said Friday.

Since the 1980s, the government has protected vaccine makers against lawsuits over the use of childhood vaccines. Instead, a federal court handles claims and decides who will be paid from a special fund.

The document signed by Sebelius last month grants immunity to those making a swine flu vaccine, under the provisions of a 2006 law for public health emergencies. It allows for a compensation fund, if needed.

The government takes such steps to encourage drug companies to make vaccines, and it’s worked. Federal officials have contracted with five manufacturers to make a swine flu vaccine. First identified in April, swine flu has so far caused about 263 deaths, according to numbers released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday.

The CDC said more than 40,000 Americans have had confirmed or probable cases, but those are people who sought health care. It’s likely that more than 1 million Americans have been sickened by the flu, many with mild cases.

The virus hits younger people harder that seasonal flu, but so far hasn’t been much more deadly than the strains seen every fall and winter. But health officials believe the virus could mutate to a more dangerous form, or at least contribute to a potentially heavier flu season than usual.

“We do expect there to be an increase in influenza this fall,” with a bump in cases perhaps beginning earlier than normal, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration approved the regular winter flu vaccine, a final step before shipments to clinics and other vaccination sites could begin.

The last time the government faced a new swine flu virus was in 1976. Cases of swine flu in soldiers at Fort Dix, N.J., including one death, made health officials worried they might be facing a deadly pandemic like the one that killed millions around the world in 1918 and 1919.

Federal officials vaccinated 40 million Americans during a national campaign. A pandemic never materialized, but thousands who got the shots filed injury claims, saying they suffered a paralyzing condition called Guillain-Barre Syndrome or other side effects.

“The government paid out quite a bit of money,” said Stephen Sugarman, a law professor who specializes in product liability at the University of California at Berkeley.

Vaccines aren’t as profitable as other drugs for manufacturers, and without protection against lawsuits “they’re saying, ‘Do we need this?'” Sugarman said.

The move to protect makers of a swine flu didn’t go over well with Paul Pennock, a prominent New York plaintiffs attorney on medical liability cases. The government will likely call on millions of Americans to get the vaccinations to prevent the disease from spreading, he noted.

“If you’re going to ask people to do this for the common good, then let’s make sure for the common good that these people will be taken care of if something goes wrong,” Pennock said.

CDC: School kids may have to get up to 4 flu shots in the fall
By STACEY SINGER, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

School children who have never had a flu shot may need to get vaccinated four times in the fall – twice for seasonal flu, twice for pandemic swine flu – officials at the CDC told health professionals on Wednesday.

Most everyone else should expect three shots.

Five manufacturers are now making vaccines against the pandemic H1N1 swine flu virus, said Dr. Tom T. Shimabukuro at the CDC’s Immunization Services Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

They are well on their way to having between 40 million and 160 million doses of egg-based vaccine available in the United States by October, added Dr. Pascale Wortley the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s pandemic vaccine coordinator.

On the high end, that would be enough vaccine for everyone in the United States who wanted it by January. But on the low end, it would require prioritizing distribution to health care workers and those at higher risk for complications – including children, pregnant women, and people with chronic diseases and asthma, Wortley said.

“This vaccine campaign will unfold quite differently than seasonal flu,” said Wortley, in a conference call with health care professionals nationwide on Wednesday. “This is a huge endeavor we’re gearing up for.”

Apparently, for good reason. The speed with which the H1N1 swine flu strain has spread globally has been documented meticulously, said the CDC’s Dr. Joseph Bresee, chief of epidemiology in the flu division.

“In a very short time we’ve gone from a couple of cases in two southern California kids to 94,000 cases in 134 countries worldwide,” he said.

And on Wednesday, the Florida Department of Health said two more people had died of swine flu in Florida, a 53-year-old Miami-Dade woman and a 55-year-old Volusia County man. The deaths brought the total number of swine flu fatalities in Florida to 12, the total number of confirmed cases statewide to 2,188.

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Wortley said the pandemic flu shots will be divided among states proportionally, based on their population. And state health officials will manage their delivery, most likely through large-scale school, work and retail-based clinics managed at the county level. Protection against the pandemic strain will require two doses, an initial shot plus a follow-up booster.

Preservative-free shots will be available for children and pregnant women, about 20 percent of the lots manufactured, Wortley said. They will either come in single-dose injections or as Flu Mist, the live virus that is squirted into the nose.

Adults will most likely get their shots from multi-dose vials which contain Thimerisol, including very low levels of mercury.

It appears that health insurers will be willing to cover the new swine flu shots, Wortley said.

But there are still many unknowns, she said. Among them:

* Can the seasonal flu shot be given on the same day as the swine flu shot?

* How many days must pass between the first and second doses?

* How much of the antigen – the active ingredient – must the shot contain to be effective?

* Can a booster substance be added to stretch supplies further?

There are a number of newer vaccine technologies that are now under development, including cell-based vaccines and vaccines grown in fall armyworm cells. Those won’t be among the tier 1 vaccines used in the United States, Wortley said.

The regular seasonal flu vaccine supply will be ready much earlier than usual, possibly as soon as late August, she said. Clinicians will order those in the usual way.

Wortley said the CDC is setting up a process for tracking adverse reactions to the shots, including the rare but potentially fatal Guillain-Barré syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that can be temporarily paralyzing. In a 1976 vaccination campaign against a feared swine flu outbreak that did not materialize, 500 grew ill and 25 died from Guillain-Barre, but no one died of swine flu. It’s a different situation this time, because people have already from this flu strain.

Health Care Bill Will Fund State Vaccine Teams to Conduct ‘Interventions’ in Private Homes
Thursday, July 16, 2009
By Terence P. Jeffrey, Editor-in-Chief

There is a knock at the front door. Peeking through the window, a mother sees a man and a woman, both in uniform. They are agents of health-care reform.

“Excuse me, ma’am,” says the man. “Our records show that your eleven-year-old daughter has not been immunized for genital warts.”

“And your four-year-old still needs the chicken-pox vaccine,” says the woman.

“He will not be allowed to start kindergarten unless he gets that shot, you know,” says the man—smiling from ear to ear.

“So, can we please come in?” asks the woman. “We have the vaccines right here,” she says, lifting up a black medical bag. “We can give your kids the shots right now.”

“We are from the government,” says the man, “and we’re here to help.”

Is this a scene from the over-heated imagination of an addlepated conspiracy theorist? Or is it something akin to what is actually envisioned by the health-care reform bill approved this week by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee.

The committee’s official summary of the bill says: “Authorizes a demonstration program to improve immunization coverage. Under this program, CDC will provide grants to states to improve immunization coverage of children, adolescents, and adults through the use of evidence-based interventions. States may use funds to implement interventions that are recommended by the Community Preventive Services Task Force, such as reminders or recalls for patients or providers, or home visits.”

Home visits? What exactly is the state going to do when it sends people to “implement interventions” in private homes designed “to improve immunization coverage of children”?

The draft of the bill posted on the committee Web site provides more details.

Title III of the bill is entitled, “Improving the Health of the American People.” It includes four subtitles. They are: “Subtitle A: Modernizing Disease Prevention of Public Health Systems,” “Subtitle B: Increasing Access to Clinical Preventive Services,” “Subtitle C: Creating Healthier Communities,” and “Subtitle D: Support for Prevention and Public Health Information.”

The program authorizing home “interventions” to promote immunizations falls under “Subtitle C: Creating Healthier Communities.” This subtitle directs the secretary of health and human services to “establish a demonstration program to award grants to states to improve the provision of recommended immunizations for children, adolescents, and adults through the use of evidence-based, population-based interventions for high-risk populations.”

The bill lists eight specific ways that states may use federal grant money to carry out immunization-promoting “interventions.” Method “E” calls for “home visits” which can include “provision of immunizations.”

Says the draft bill: “Funds received under a grant under this subsection shall be used to implement interventions that are recommended by the Task Force on Community Preventive Services (as established by the secretary, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) or other evidence-based interventions, including—“(A) providing immunization reminders or recalls for target populations of clients, patients, and consumers; (B) educating targeted populations and health care providers concerning immunizations in combination with one or more other interventions; (C) reducing out-of-pocket costs for families for vaccines and their administration; (D) carrying out immunization-promoting strategies for participants or clients of public programs, including assessments of immunization status, referrals to health care providers, education, provision of on-site immunizations, or incentives for immunization;(E) providing for home visits that promote immunization through education, assessments of need, referrals, provision of immunizations, or other services; (F) providing reminders or recalls for immunization providers;(G) conducting assessments of, and providing feedback to, immunization providers; or (H) any combination of one or more interventions described in this paragraph.”

Many vaccines routinely administered to children in the United States are utterly uncontroversial. But in recent years there have been controversies about the chicken pox vaccine and the vaccine for HPV, which causes genital warts, which can cause cervical cancer.

On March 15, 2007, Bloomberg news summarized a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, which discovered that the chicken pox vaccine does not provide permanent protection against chicken pox, leaving children who have been immunized vulnerable to getting ill with the virus later in life when it can cause a more serious bout of the disease.

“Merck & Co.’s chickenpox vaccine weakens as children age, possibly leaving them vulnerable to a more serious infection as adults, a U.S.-sponsored study in California found,” reported Bloomberg. “The power of the vaccine, Varivax, the only one available in the United States against chickenpox, starts to fade after five years, according to the study in today’s New England Journal of Medicine. The results suggest that children should get a second dose, which advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended in June.”

Bloomberg quoted the study as saying, “Waning immunity is of particular public health interest because it may result in increased susceptibility later in life, when the risk of severe complications may be greater than that in childhood.”

In March of this year, the Washington Post reported about the controversy sparked when the Merck pharmaceutical company campaigned to have states mandate that school girls receive Gardasil, its vaccine against HPV.

“Merck also began an ambitious marketing campaign and lobbying push to persuade states to add the vaccine to the list of those required for children to attend school,” reported the Post. “But the company eventually abandoned the strategy in the face of an intense backlash from critics who argued that the decision should be left to parents. Although many states considered such mandates, so far only Virginia and the District have imposed one, and [a Merck official] said the company has no plans to pursue that strategy again.”

The Post’s report noted that at least some experts questioned the wisdom of promoting use of the vaccine when its long term impact is still unknown.

“Federal health officials, Merck and others say they are confident that the vaccine is safe,” reported the Post. “But some experts said they are concerned that there is insufficient evidence about how long Gardasil’s protection will last, whether serious side effects will emerge and whether the relatively modest benefits for boys are worth even the small risks associated with any vaccine.”

A Philosophical Argument against Forced Vaccination
John Burke
July 16, 2009

A few years ago I entered into a discussion with a close friend regarding vaccination. This person stated that their child was not up to date with state recommended vaccinations and was debating internally whether or not she felt they were necessary. Without being asked my opinion, my reaction was quite strong in favor of vaccination and I made common claims that vaccinations were for the ‘common social good’ and that we all had to ‘do our part for society.’ Days later I thought back on the encounter and was surprised at how undiplomatically I pursued this argument. I had never researched vaccines, the potential health benefits or risks, or sought information from a variety of sources as one would commonly do before making an argument on any important subject. Regardless of our differing opinions I was only able to bring to the discussion force to try to convince her of my opinion – I offered no information, cited no facts or statistics in my debate – the apparent ‘will of the people’ which my ignorance represented was argument enough. Was this enough to base a decision on concerning the health and well-being of a child?

Should H1N1 be feared, or those that claim to have the answers?
Curtiss Lee Linderman Sr
July 16, 2009

Sebelius, current Secretary of Health and Human Services under the Obama Administration, recently wrote a letter to a number of newspapers across this land (to include our very own Zephyr in Galesburg, Illinois). Her letter warned all Americans that we need to be prepared for the oncoming H1N1 flu that the government and media have been hyping. She states that a vaccine will be available around mid-October but that this will not be soon enough to stop the virulent disease from possibly wreaking havoc on the United States. Make no mistake that I also believe that this lab engineered virus will have a devastating effect on this planet. I simply don´t agree that the very ones that have created this virus should be the ones that we turn to for help.

What everyone truly should be concerned about is not the H1N1 flu but the vaccine that is being created to combat this problem. History gives us an accurate estimate on what to expect from our government´s intervention. Upon reading the media stories of the dramatic estimates of those already infected (possibly a million by CDC statements) or those that are at risk of being affected in the future, we inevitably hear the statistics of the tragedy of the Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1918, the horrible flu outbreak of the 50s or the swine flu epidemic of 1976. We also hear that the seemingly benign “seasonal” influenza virus kills over 30,000 each year in America. With these historic accounts and the numbers given, is there any wonder that many Americans are in panic mode?

Secretary Sebelius however, assures Americans that the government is doing everything it can to get the H1N1 Influenza vaccine onto the market as soon as possible, assuming that the experimental vaccine is determined to be “safe and effective”. This is the disturbing part for me and others that have followed this “outbreak” from the very beginning and history. HHS and the rest of our government and medical establishment obviously believe that the seasonal flu vaccine that they are pushing like high end drug dealers is “safe and effective”. The CDC issued a statement last year that stated that the 2008 / 2009 vaccine for the seasonal flu was found to be 90% ineffective yet in the very same statement, reassured every American that they should still take advantage of the vaccine! Doctors and health departments across this country, knowing that the vaccine was worthless, continued to push this vaccine as if it was soap particles instead of rock cocaine. Completely worthless, yet still making a dollar!

I have a couple of questions for Secretary Sebelius that I think all Americans should be asking.

1. If last year´s flu vaccine was 90% ineffective, yet the government continued to implore Americans to get vaccinated, why should we trust THIS vaccine?

2. Why have a number of researchers, doctors and alternative media demanded that the release of a manufactured bio weapon (flu virus) from Illinois based Baxter Pharmaceuticals in last year´s European seasonal flu vaccine be investigated, yet our government hasn´t lifted a finger?

3. If our government is going to ensure that the vaccine is “safe and effective” why are the vaccine manufacturers assured immunity from possible lawsuits?

4. Why is the government telling the citizens of this great nation that pregnant women and children will receive a “mercury free” vaccine (if possible), yet haven´t been told that the adjuvant being used in this vaccine is Squalene, a petroleum based poison that is believed to be responsible for Gulf War Syndrome and a number of debilitating auto immune diseases? Isn´t this disingenuous to say the least?

5. While this vaccine may be mercury free for some, why haven´t you addressed the problem of injecting aluminum, another known neurotoxin into our children and pregnant women?

6. For those of us that aren´t pregnant or children, why is mercury suddenly good for us? It is by the way, the second most toxic element known to man.

These are but a few of the questions that our “mainstream” media should be asking yet aren´t. The sheeple will line up for this one I´m certain of that. A recent report from England states that the medical practitioners there are already trying to determine if they will need to hire sub contractors to vaccinate all of the people that are already begging for the vaccine there. Stories are already in the media here regarding the influx in emergency room visits with citizens worried about sniffles and colds. The mindless will certainly line up for this vaccine and the pharmaceutical companies will make quite a bit of money, rest assured on that. The only question I have for the people of this world is; at what cost?

The Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 was caused by the vaccines that our soldiers received during their courageous service to our country. The majority of those that survived are those that refused the vaccine. The 1950s flu was the same. The 1976 swine flu vaccine killed 25 people (that we know of) and paralyzed 500 more, while the swine flu itself was attributed to one death.

Baxter Pharmaceuticals released a flu vaccine that contained a strain of a virulent avian flu virus mixed with human influenza last year, something that researchers and scientists have feared that Mother Nature would eventually find a way to do someday. They however, are one of the many companies that hold patents to the H1N1 vaccine and stand to make a fortune. How can this be and why are we allowing it to happen? No matter the cost, my family and many other thinking citizens out there are prepared to fight for our freedoms, one of which will be to forgo this experimental vaccine. I hope that many others learn the truth and also decline. For those that place their trust in this government, my prayers are with you.

Fight for swine flu vaccine could get ugly

(AP) LONDON – An ugly scramble is brewing over the swine flu vaccine _ and when it becomes available, Britain, the United States and other nations could find that the contracts they signed with pharmaceutical companies are easily broken.

Experts warn that during a global epidemic, which the world is in now, governments may be under tremendous pressure to protect their own citizens first before allowing companies to ship doses of vaccine out of the country.

That does not bode well for many countries, including the United States, which makes only 20 percent of the flu vaccines it uses, or Britain, where all of its flu vaccines are produced abroad.

Canadian Doctor. H1N1 Vaccination: A Eugenics Weapon for “Massive & Targeted Reduction of the World Population.”

Canadian doctor Ghislaine Lanctôt, author of the Medical Mafia, has underscored the lawsuit recently filed by Austrian journalist Jane Bürgermeister against the WHO, the UN, and several high ranking government and corporate officials. Bürgermeister has documented how an international corporate criminal syndicate plans to unleash a deadly flu virus and institute a forced vaccination program.

“I am emerging from a long silence on the subject of vaccination, because I feel that, this time, the stakes involved are huge. The consequences may spread much further than anticipated,” writes Lanctôt, who believes the A(H1N1) virus will be used in a pandemic concocted and orchestrated by the WHO, an international organization that serves military, political and industrial interests.

Lanctôt warns that the elite and their minions will introduce a compulsory vaccination that will contain a deadly virus and this will be used specifically as a eugenics weapon for “massive and targeted reduction of the world population.” Moreover, a pandemic will also be used to further establish martial law and a police state, according to Lanctôt, and activate concentration camps “built to accommodate the rebellious” and eventually transfer power from all nations to a single United Nations government and thus fulfill the sinister plans of the New World Order.

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