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Friday, November 5, 2010

If you love your baby You'll get the flu vacine......WTF?

Oh, it's THAT season again.  The season of festive decorations, bright lights, carols musically tinkling in the mall.... and blatant false advertising by the FDA, the CDC and Canadian health organizations.  Lies lies heinous lies!!

"Protect yourself and your family- get your flu shot!"

You know, I'm thinking of talking to a legally inclined friend of mine about suing Health Canada for false advertising.  Just yesterday on the radio there was an ad that says:

"The Flu shot is safe and it works"

coughcoughcough*bullshit*cough cough cough

Yet there are no studies that prove it's safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Nope- not even one single study has been done to make sure that the flu vaccine doesn't effect the foetus- you can read that right from the vaccine manufacturer:
"Pregnancy: Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 monovalent vaccine. It is also not known whether these vaccines can cause fetal harm when administered to pregnant women or can affect reproduction capacity. Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 monovalent vaccine should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed."
  But that doesn't stop Health Canada and the CDC from telling pregnant women to run quick and get their shot.  Last year NCOW proved that there were a minimum of 946 (although they estimate may be as high as 3587 cases) of miscarriages or still births directly attributed to the H1N1 vaccines.

National Coalition of Organized Women (NCOW) presented data from two different sources demonstrating that the 2009/10 H1N1 vaccines contributed to an estimated 1,588 miscarriages and stillbirths.  A corrected estimate may be as high as 3,587 cases.  NCOW also highlights the disturbing fact that the CDC failed to inform their vaccine providers of the incoming data of the reports of suspected H1N1 vaccine related fetal demise.
 ...yet the CDC refuse to admit that there was even one single negative response in pregnant women.

What about children?  The Australian government this year banned all children under the age of 5 from receiving the Flu vaccine because of children getting high fevers and having convulsions after being inoculated for the flu.  I wrote about the Fluvirn vaccine last month in "It's Flu Season! Let the Fear-Mongering Begin!"
"Three clinical studies were carried out between 1995 and 2004 in a total of 520 pediatric subjects (age range 6 - 47 months). Of these, 285 healthy subjects plus 41 ‘at risk’ subjects received FLUVIRN. No serious adverse events were reported."....
That's it. The 2010-2011 Fluvirn Vaccine has been deemed safe to administer to ALL U.S. children 4 years and older, and this decision is based on studies of 38 children that were done in 1987, and 326 children studied between 1995 and 2004.
That's not a lot of kids to base the decision that the vaccine is safe for ALL children.
What's even more troubling is that this year's vaccine contains two strains of seasonal flu (A & B) AND it also contains H1N1.
H1N1 did not resurface until 2009. The vaccines that were studied in 1987, 1995, and 2004 did not contain H1N1.
This flu vaccine has NEVER been studied in children. But it has been deemed "Safe for all U.S. children aged 4 years and above."
So it certainly HASnT been proved to be safe for children.  What about our senior citizens?  It must be good for them right? Isn't that what started all of this flu vaccine hoopla?  To save our fragile senior citizens from getting the flu and dying?  Well guess what?  They haven't been able to prove that the vaccines have done ANYTHING to help our aging grandparents.  There was an excellent article in the Montreal Gazette earlier this week entitled :"Studies suggest - but don't prove - value of flu shot-Firm evidence of effectiveness in elderly is limited"
How does the flu vaccine work?
Like other vaccines, the flu vaccine contains a deactivated version of the virus it intends to protect you from. Once the vaccine is inside you, it stimulates your immune system into thinking it's been infected by the flu and produces antibodies that will target the real virus for destruction when the real virus hits. Interestingly, there does not appear to be a change in annual deaths due to flu despite increased vaccination rates. Also, despite the shift in emphasis to the H1N1 vaccination last year, there was no increase in flu-related illnesses....
What are the side effects of the flu vaccine? Side effects may begin six to 12 hours after receiving the vaccine. The most common ones are injection site swelling and tenderness, body ache, fever, headache and fatigue.(Gee, that sounds an awful lot like the Flu, don't you think?)Rare side effects include thrombocytopenia -low platelet count in the blood -and Guillain Barre Syndrome, which can lead to paralysis. 
 The article goes on to say that there is actually no proof that the vaccine has done anything to help our geriatric generations.

So the Flu vaccine is not safe for pregnant women or children and it's effectiveness in the elderly (the generation the flu vaccine was invented to "protect") is questionable at best.  Lovely.

But I've ranted enough- Birth Without Fear has written an excellent article about the subject that I"d like to share with you:

If You Love Your Baby, You Will Get the Flu Vaccine. Right?

by Birth Without Fear on November 5, 2010

What a BRILLIANT campaign. Pull at people’s heart strings by telling them if they actually love their family, they must get the flu shot to protect them. What the advertisers fail to mention is how unsafe the flu vaccine can really be.
Did you know there are literally thousands of different flu strands? How do they decide which ones to put into the vaccine? After the WHO gives their recommendations as to which strands they feel are most likely to be a threat, each country has the final say. In the United States, the FDA makes that decision....
For the 2010 flu vaccine, there are three strands of the flu, including last year’s H1N1 virus aka Swine Flu!  There is no longer a choice of getting the seasonal flu shot and/or the H1N1 because it is a one-size-fits-all kind of deal. The H1N1 has not been studied for safety on pregnant women or infants. YOU are the study. There were many cases of miscarriages linked to the H1N1 last year.
What can you do?
Protecting you and your baby from the flu naturally
The following is a list of things you can do to naturally protect yourself from the flu and ensure you have a strong immune system:

HERE to read the entire article on Birth Without Fear

We all have to do what we can to make the best, healthiest choices for our selves and our families.  Do your research, read and ask questions.... THEN make your decisions.