Volume 2, Issue 38
September 17, 2009

Swine flu vaccine — it may be deadly

I guess I've been around too long. I remember the swine flu "epidemic" of 1976. I had been practicing medicine for three years then. According to some of the infectious disease experts of the time, the swine virus was so dangerous that they were able to convince the United States Congress to pay for vaccines for every citizen to prevent the "deadly" disease. About 25% of all Americans bought the idea. The results?

Twenty five people died because of the vaccine. One person died because of the virus.

The winner? Big Pharma. How would you like it if the U.S. government paid for every person in the country to have one of your products?

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While the government hasn't yet decided to pay for everyone to have the swine flu vaccine this year, there are some similarities to the 1976 vaccine. For one thing, we may see more problems from the vaccine than from the virus.

Dr. Deborah Lehman is one of the country's leading experts on infectious diseases. She is the Director of Pediatric Infectious Disease at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Here's her assessment of the H1N1 virus: "This doesn't appear to be an especially deadly strain. At this point, it looks like the seasonal flu will be responsible for more deaths than swine flu."

Another similarity is the danger posed by the vaccine. Besides the usual dangers and side effects of vaccines, there is one special concern regarding a vaccine for swine flu. It's Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS).

GBS is normally an extremely rare condition that attacks the lining of the nerves and paralyzes them. The paralysis can result in death if it involves the nerves that control breathing. And even in the best intensive care units in the country, the death rate is 2-3%. But dying is not the only problem with GBS. Those who get it are typically paralyzed. While the paralysis is usually temporary, it still renders its victims bedridden for anywhere between eight weeks to a full year.

And, unfortunately, not all recover. The syndrome leaves about 5-10% with permanent paralysis. So what does all this have to do with the swine flu vaccine?

Well, the 1976 version of the vaccine caused some 500 cases of it.

Keep in mind that GBS is rare. It occurs in about one out of every 100,000 people. Let's do the math. Add up all the numbers of people who had that vaccine and the cases of GBS it caused, and the results are scary. The vaccine causes your risk of getting GBS to increase by an astounding eight times. But don't worry. Your government officials were right on the case. In 1976, after it became clear that the vaccine was causing GBS, it took the government only 10 weeks to withdraw it.

Is this vaccine any safer than the one distributed 33 years ago? Not according to the Health Protection Agency of the British government, the official body that oversees public health issues in England. On July 29, 2009, it sent out letters to about 600 neurologists warning them about the new vaccine. These letters stressed the possibility that it could once again cause an increase in GBS. In other words, the Health Protection Agency has no clear idea whether there is a danger of GBS from the new vaccine or not.

Dear friend, this is what doctors and scientists call an experiment. Let's give mass inoculations to every man woman and child and see what happens.

And what's more, if the results of this experiment show a negative impact on you, there's nothing you can do about it. Here's why: Producing a vaccine that just might kill and/or paralyze hundreds of people would cut drug company profits greatly. There would be lawsuits around the country. But Big Pharma has a friend looking after them. I'm talking about your United States government. On June 15, 2009, the United States Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, signed a declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act. This declaration extends liability immunity to all individuals and entities involved in all stages of 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine development.

That includes testing, manufacturing, distributing, prescribing, administrating, and using the vaccine. Liability immunity means that there is no legal tort claim you can pursue in any state or federal court. The vaccine can kill you or paralyze you or otherwise damage you, and you will have no legal remedy. You will not be able to sue for your damages. Obviously, in signing this declaration, Secretary Sebelius knows that there's a reasonable chance that many people will be hurt by the vaccine, or she would not have needed to sign it.

Fortunately, you don't need to get the swine flu vaccine. There are simple ways to prevent the virus. And if you do still get it, there's a great way to treat it. I'll show you these next week.

Finding your Real Cures,

Frank Shallenberger, MD

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