Updated 18 March 2016.
Vaccines And How They Are Made
The chemicals that go into vaccination, includes info on expanded vaccine schedule - newly updated 6 April 2015
Your Immune System, How It Works And How Vaccines Damage It
Vaccines and Immune Dysfunction - updated 19 February 2015
The Herd Immunity Theory - Treating Our Children Like Cattle
The Herd Immunity Theory - updated 5 October 2014
Did Vaccines Really Halt Killer Diseases?
Did Vaccines Really Stop Diseases? A look at history - updated 10 April 2010 with modern day victim of smallpox vaccine
Vaccination And Abortion
The Use Of Foetal Tissue in Vaccines - newly updated 1 October 2014
Vaccines: A Religious Contention
Vaccines: A Religious Contention - updated 17 December 2009
Pediacel 5-in-1 Super Jab
5 in 1 vaccine - updated 15 February 2016
Manufacturer's Information About Pediacel 5-in-1 Vaccine
Autism and Cerebral Palsy From DPT Vaccine
Maryamber's Story - and other Cerebral Palsy after Vaccination Cases, updated 4 March 2015
Gardasil and Cervarix - The Cervical Cancer Vaccines
Gardasil and Cervarix - The Cervical Cancer Vaccine - now updated 31 March 2010 - Spain Withdraws Batch Of HPV Vaccine
Gardasil Vaccines Continued
Gardasil Vaccine Continued And Cases Of Gardasil/Cervarix Damage And Death, updated 6 March 2016
Prevnar Vaccination
Prevnar and Pneumonia Vaccinations, including info on PCV 13, updated 2 August 2015
Travel Vaccines
Travel Vaccines - updated 17 September 2014
Tetanus Vaccine
Tetanus Vaccine - updated 6 May 2012
MMR, Single Vaccines And MMRV Vaccine
MMR and Single Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccines and MMRV information - updated 17 April 2016 Includes COURT RULING SHOWING MMR CAUSED ASD! Contains Graphic Damage Photo.
Killer Measles Vaccine Is Withdrawn And Other Vaccine Death Cases
Four Babies Killed In Measles Vaccine Campaign - updated 26 August 2012 with more deaths, PAGE FULL.
Infant Vaccines Produce Autism Symptoms In Primates
Shots Cause Autism In Monkeys
If You Don't Want The MMR We'll Force You and Other Vaccination Force Stories
Bully Boy Tactics Proposed - includes case of forced vaccination with various vaccines, updated 20 January 2016
Meningitis C Vaccine
Various articles and citations - updated 2 August 2015
Hepatitis B Vaccine...aluminium....thimerosal (mercury)....yeast...but don't worry, it's gluten free!
Hep B Manufacturer's Information - updated with details of court admitted MS and Death Caused By Hep B Vaccine, updated 17th January 2016
Hepatitis B Vaccine Kills Baby and other Vaccine Death Cases
Updated 19 February 2016
Vaccine Companies Investigated For Manslaughter and other Vaccine Court Cases
And Other Vaccine Companies/Doctors On Trial For Vaccine Deaths, Injuries and Fraud - Updated 7 February 2016 now including Investigations into Swine Flu Scam
Iatrogenic Child Abuse
Iatrogenic child abuse: vaccinations and other medical abuse of children by doctors - Updated 14 April 2014
Bullying, Rude and Discriminatory Doctors who Forget Vaccines are a CHOICE
Updated 15 January 2016
My Fight For Health After Vaccination
A Vaccine Damage Case - updated 6 March 2012 to include my friend's and relatives vaccine damage cases
Vaccine Injury Photos From The CDC
WARNING! Very Graphic Vaccine Damage Pictures. Don't Look If Easily Upset - updated 27 February 2014
Vaccine Debate Page
A Place Where You Can Send Your Views On Vaccines And Health - updated 21 August 2011
Vaccination And Your Legal Rights
Your Legal Right To Own Your Own Body - updated 16 August 2009 with new information
Vaccination DESTROYS Natural Immunity!
Transplacental and Breast Milk Immunity and How they are Diminished by Vaccination - new page 10 May 2013
Disease Killing Properties Of Breast Milk
Immunising Your Baby With Breast Milk - updated 18 June 2012
Polio: The Disease, the Vaccine and the Controversies
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Baby Gallery
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Home Birth And Your Legal Rights. How To Have A Natural Birth
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Obstetric Myths and Realities
Caesareans and Breech Births - updated 17 May 2010
Vaccine Information For Pregnant Women
What You Should Know If Considering A Vaccination During Pregnancy - updated 17 January 2016 - ALERT: MISCARRIAGES AND STILLBIRTHS AFTER H1N1 VACCINE!!
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Home Education And Your Legal Rights
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Dangers Of Formula Milk
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Vitamin K: Does Your Baby Really Need It?
Updated 6 May 2012
Mercury Free Vaccines Still Have Mercury In Them
What's Not On The Label
Pro-Vaccine Arguments
VS. Medical Evidence - updated 17 April 2014
Pro-Vaccine Arguments Page 2
VS. Medical Evidence - NEW page completed on 25th August 2012
Pro-Vaccine Arguments Page 3
An exploration of pro-vaccine arguments - 22nd March 2016
Vaccine Shedding
The spreading of viruses and bacteria via vaccination. Includes Information on the symptoms and treatment of measles. Updated 1 April 2015
Why I Don't Vaccinate My Children
And The Birth of VAN UK - updated 28 March 2015
Six Reasons Why I Don't Vaccinate My Children
Some of the reasons I don't vaccinate, from my blog, 7th October 2012
Vaccines And Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
The Link Between Vaccines And SIDS - updated 2 July 2014
Midwives And Health Professionals Against Vaccination
Updated 17 April 2016
Media Censorship of Vaccine News
Updated 17 April 2016 - Featuring trailer from BANNED vaccine film Vaxxed.
BCG Vaccine
BCG vaccine information - new page 26 January 2016
Homeopathic Vaccination
Updated 7 October 2012
Boy Partially Losses Hearing After Vaccination
Updated 22nd August 2012 with more deafness and blindness after MMR cases
Delaying Vaccination Cuts Asthma Risk (and Other Allergies Related to Vaccines).
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Vaccines, Mercury, Aluminium and Autism Studies
With link to http://www.mercurymadness.org. Manufacturer's Say Vaccines Cause Autism! - updated 15 February 2016
Contraindications (people who shouldn't be vaccinated) and side-effects From The Merck Manual (vaccine manufacturer)
Medical Information On Who Should Not Have Vaccines - Merck and GP Notebook - updated 6 September 2009
Flu Vaccines
Updated 18 February 2016
Swine Flu Epidemic/ H1N1 Vaccine Deaths and Injuries
Created By Lab Blunder - now recording deaths and injuries from jab - page now full.
Swine Flu Vaccine
Ingredients and other information - updated 13 February 2016
Meningitis B Vaccine
Data Sheet and other information - 3rd March 2016
What You Should Know About Tamiflu - updated 13 April 2014
More Educated Mothers Are Less Likely To Vaccinate
A New Study Shows That University Educated Mums Are More Likely To Refuse Vaccines And Other Studies Showing Educated Mothers Refusing Vaccines - updated 28 August 2014
Diseases In The Vaccinated
Medical Studies And Reports Showing Vaccines Do Not Immunise - Updated 25 April 2009
Diseases In The Vaccinated Page 2
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Diseases in the Vaccinated - Page 3
Vaccine 'Preventable' Diseases Occuring in the Vaccinated- updated 6 March 2016
Seven School Kids Taken To Hospital After Vaccines and Other Vaccine Disasters
Kids sicken after DT/IPV Vaccines - and other reactions after vaccination drives, updated 2 February 2016
Infant Mortality Rates Fall Where 'Immunisation' Rates Are Low
Infant Mortality Rates Fall In Line With Lowering Vaccination Rates - updated 31 January 2013
Chickenpox: Is It Really A Killer Disease?
Suddenly this benign childhood illness has turned into a 'deadly killer' because they are introducing a vaccine - updated 6 March 2016
Selective Vaccination
If You Decide To Vaccinate - updated 19th March 2016
Vaccine Damage Payments Unit
How To Make A Claim For Compensation If Your Loved One Is Vaccine Injured - updated 1 September 2014
Legal Help For Vaccine Damage And Pro-Choice Issues
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Treating Childhood Illnesses
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Childhood Diseases Can Be Good For Your Child!
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Stupid Medical Advice Which Has Been Consigned To History Books
Updated 22 February 2016
Double Standards - it's not okay to ingest this but fine if we inject it
Authorities Admitting Concern Over Chemicals Used In Other Products That Are Also Used In Vaccines - updated 18 February 2016
Ian's Life
A page dedicated to a little boy who died of an adverse reaction to Hepatitis B vaccine. WARNING: graphic vaccine damage picture
Animal Vaccines
The Dangers of Animal Vaccines and naturally rearing animals - updated 16 May 2014
Remember My Name
Honouring Those Who Have Died From Vaccination - updated 15 April 2012
Remember My Name - Page 2
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Vaccines, BSE and vCJD
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Vaccination: An Ecological Disaster
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Skewed Statistics
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Take Vaccines Out of Schools Campaign!
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Vaccines Didn't Save Us From Smallpox
Historical Evidence Against Vaccination and Historical Vaccine Death Cases
A Parent's Guide against Pro-Vaccine Pediatricians
NEW PAGE - Countering Pro-Vaccine Arguments, 30th April 2012
Rotavirus Vaccine
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The Problems with Vaccinating Premature Babies
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Cyanide in Vaccines
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Flu Vaccines

Eye on the Flu Shot - a fun way of publicising the ingredients in vaccines.

Symptoms of Flu

According to Dr. Trishna Macnair, from BBC's 'Ask the Doctor', flu has the following symptoms:

Muscle Aches and Pains
Severe headache
Weakness and tiredness
Loss of appetite
Sore throat
Chest pain

Okay, so everyone knows it's not nice to have flu and you feel lousy, but it's not a 'serious' disease in the majority of cases.

How Long Does Flu Last?

Symptoms last about a week.

The illness usually lasts about seven to ten days, with the fever and aches improving after two to three days and the cough and sore throat lasting longer.

Dr. Macnair goes onto say that some people get depression lasting for weeks. Out of the dozens of flu documents and books on flu I have read, this is the first time I've seen 'depression' listed as a flu symptom. If this is the case, I would guess that it is not related to flu and you should seek a counsellor or good friend or just slow down and give yourself some TLC if you're feeling depression or 'down' feelings.

How Do I Treat Flu?

Rest is best

Until just recently, there were no specific medicines for flu. Most people got better on their own with simple relief for their symptoms. For example:

Rest. The most important thing in flu is to give your body a chance to heal itself by resting. Lie down and sleep if possible.

Keep well-hydrated with plenty of warm fluids.
Remedies for sore throat, headache and blocked nose.

She also recommends paracetamol but there are medical studies which have shown that anti-pyretics during an illness can worsen it and cause complications (VAN is planning a web page on this subject).

Flu vaccination

Remember, the vaccines are based on the types of flu that were causing problems among the human population the previous year. The flu virus constantly changes and the vaccine may be ineffective against new types of flu that have just appeared.

Flu Vaccine Manufacturer's Information

Indications and Usage:

This indication is based on immune response elicited by FLULAVAL, and there have been no controlled trials demonstrating a decrease in influenza disease after vaccination with FLULAVAL.

Ingredients of Flu Injection

LULAVAL is a trivalent, split-virion influenza virus vaccine prepared from virus propagated in the allantoic cavity of embryonated hens’ eggs. Each of the influenza virus strains is produced and purified separately. The virus is inactivated with ultraviolet light treatment
followed by formaldehyde treatment, purified by centrifugation, and disrupted with sodium deoxycholate.
FLULAVAL is a homogenized, sterile, colorless to slightly opalescent suspension in a phosphate-buffered saline solution. FLULAVAL has been standardized according to USPHS requirements for the 2006–2007 influenza season and is formulated to contain 45 micrograms (mcg) hemagglutinin per 0.5-mL dose in the recommended ratio of 15 mcg HA of each of the following 3 strains: A/New Caledonia/20/99 (H1N1), A/Wisconsin/67/2005 (H3N2), and B/Malaysia/2506/2004. Thimerosal, a mercury derivative, is added as a preservative. Each dose contains 25 mcg mercury. Each dose may also contain residual amounts of egg proteins (≤1 mcg ovalbumin), formaldehyde (≤25 mcg), and sodium deoxycholate (≤50 mcg).

Non-Clinical Toxicology of Vaccine

FLULAVAL has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or for impairment of fertility.

(They don't know whether it causes cancer, can mutate into other illnesses or if it causes infertility).

No controlled trials demonstrating a decrease in influenza disease after vaccination with FLULAVAL have been performed.

Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with FLULAVAL. It is also not known whether FLULAVAL can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity.

It is not known whether FLULAVAL is excreted in human milk.

Adverse Reactions To Flu Vaccine Injection

Pain, redness, headache, swelling, fatigue, myalgia, fever, malaise, sore throat, reddened eyes, cough, chills, chest tightness, facial swelling, Pharyngolaryngeal pain, upper respiratory infection, Arthralgia, Nasopharyngitis, back pain, Injection site erythema, diarrhoea, nausea, nasal congestion.

Mmmm, a lot of those symptoms sound like flu, don't they?

The data sheet further goes on to say:

Blood and lymphatic system disorders: Lymphadenopathy.
Eye disorders: Conjunctivitis, eye pain, photophobia.
Gastrointestinal disorders: Dysphagia, vomiting.
General disorders and administration site conditions: Chest pain, injection site inflammation, rigors, asthenia, injection site rash, influenza-like symptoms, abnormal gait, injection site bruising, injection site sterile abscess.
Immune system disorders: Allergic edema of the face, allergic edema of the mouth, anaphylaxis, allergic edema of the throat.
Infections and infestations: Pharyngitis, rhinitis, laryngitis, cellulitis.
Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders: Muscle weakness, back pain, arthritis.
Nervous system disorders: Dizziness, paresthesia, hypoesthesia, hypokinesia, tremor, somnolence, syncope, Guillain-Barré syndrome, convulsions/seizures, facial or cranial nerve paralysis, encephalopathy, limb paralysis.
Psychiatric disorders: Insomnia.
Respiratory, thoracic, and mediastinal disorders: Dyspnea, dysphonia, bronchospasm, throat tightness.
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: Urticaria, localized or generalized rash, pruritus, periorbital edema, sweating.
Vascular disorders: Flushing, pallor.

Anaphylaxis has been reported after administration of FLULAVAL. Although FLULAVAL contains only a limited quantity of egg protein, this protein can induce immediate hypersensitivity reactions among persons who have severe egg allergy. Allergic reactions include hives, angioedema, allergic asthma, and systemic anaphylaxis (see CONTRAINDICATIONS [4]).
The 1976 swine influenza vaccine was associated with an increased frequency of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS).

Guillain-Barre Syndrome And Flu Vaccination

Guillain-Barré syndrome after influenza vaccination in adults: a population-based study.

Whether influenza vaccination is associated with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) remains uncertain. METHODS: We conducted 2 studies using population-based health care data from the province of Ontario, Canada. In the first study, we used the self-matched case-series method to explore the temporal association between probable influenza vaccination (adults vaccinated during October and November) and subsequent hospitalization because of GBS. In the second study, we used time-series analysis to determine whether the institution of a universal influenza immunization program in October 2000 was associated with a subsequent increase in hospital admissions because of GBS at the population level. RESULTS: From April 1, 1992, to March 31, 2004, we identified 1601 incident hospital admissions because of GBS in Ontario. In 269 patients, GBS was diagnosed within 43 weeks of vaccination against influenza. The estimated relative incidence of GBS during the primary risk interval (weeks 2 through 7) compared with the control interval (weeks 20 through 43) was 1.45 (95% confidence interval, 1.05-1.99; P = .02). This association persisted in several sensitivity analyses using risk and control intervals of different durations. However, a separate time-series analysis demonstrated no evidence of seasonality and revealed no statistically significant increase in hospital admissions because of GBS after the introduction of the universal influenza immunization program. CONCLUSION: Influenza vaccination is associated with a small but significantly increased risk for hospitalization because of GBS.

GBS occurs after flu vaccination in 1 in 100,000 cases.

Arch Intern Med. 2006 Nov 13;166(20):2217-21.

Contraindications To Flu Injection (people who should not have it)

FLULAVAL should not be administered to anyone with known systemic hypersensitivity reactions to egg proteins (eggs or egg products), to chicken proteins, or to any component of FLULAVAL, or who has had a life threatening reaction to previous influenza vaccination.

4.2 Acute Neurologic Disorder
Immunization should be delayed in a patient with an acute evolving neurologic disorder but should be considered when the disease process has been stabilized.

5.1 Guillain-Barré Syndrome
If Guillain-Barré syndrome has occurred within 6 weeks of receipt of prior influenza vaccine, the decision to give FLULAVAL should be based on careful consideration of the potential benefits and risks.

5.2 Persons at Risk of Bleeding
FLULAVAL should not be given to individuals with bleeding disorders such as hemophilia or thrombocytopenia, or to persons on anticoagulant therapy unless the potential benefit clearly outweighs the risk of administration. If the decision is made to administer FLULAVAL to such persons, steps should be considered to control the risk of hematoma following the injection.

Altered Immunocompetence

If FLULAVAL is administered to immunocompromised persons, including individuals receiving immunosuppressive therapy, the expected immune response may not be obtained.

5.4 Preventing and Managing Allergic Vaccine Reactions

Prior to administration, the healthcare provider should review the patient’s immunization history for possible vaccine sensitivity, previous vaccination-related adverse reactions and occurrence of any adverse event-related symptoms and/or signs, in order to determine the
existence of any contraindication to immunization with FLULAVAL and to allow an assessment of benefits and risks. Epinephrine injection (1:1,000) and other appropriate agents used for the control of immediate allergic reactions must be immediately available should an acute anaphylactic reaction occur.

Summary of Flu Vaccine Injection

1. Flu feels horrible but is rarely serious and usually clears up in a week to 10 days.

2. Rest and recuperation is the best tonic for flu.

3. There has been no double-blinded scientific study proving that flu vaccine reduces flu.

4. Flu vaccine can cause symptoms identical to flu and also additional symptoms more severe than flu.

5. There is a recognised increased risk of Guillain-Barre Syndrome after flu vaccination (a paralysing disease).

6. Flu vaccine injection contains thimerosal which is 50% pure mercury. This has been proven dangerous and removed as an added ingredient from childhood vaccines (although it is still used as an expicient and may be present in trace amounts in childhood vaccines).

7. Flu vaccine injection contains formaldehyde which is a class 1 carcinogen proven to cause throat and nasal cancers.

8. Flu vaccine injection is recommended for people with weakened immune systems, yet the vaccine may not work in people who are immuno-compromised.

9. Flu vaccine injection is recommended for people who are asthmatic, yet it is known to cause allergic asthma as listed in the side-effects.

Source: GlaxoSmithKline Fluaval vaccine data sheet, 2006.

Flu Mist Live Flu Vaccine Nasal Spray

Flu Mist Ingredients

The data sheet lists 3 types of live flu virus, monosodium glutamate, porcine gelatine (pig bones), sucrose, dibasic potassium phosphate, monosodium phosphate, gentamicin.

Adverse Reactions To Flu Mist Nasal Spray Vaccine

In children aged 6-23 months, wheezing requiring bronchodilator therapy or with significant respiratory symptoms occured in 5.9% of flu mist recipients, compared with 3.8% of the control.

(It wasn't a real control as according to the data sheet the control had been given an injectable flu vaccine by Sanofi Pasteur, rather than a harmless sugar pill or nothing at all).

Hypersensitivity, including anaphylactic shock has occured post-marketing.

Percentages Of Children With Hospitalisations And Cases Of Wheezing After Flu Vaccines

In babies aged 6-23 months: there were 4.2% who required hospitalisation after flu mist vaccine spray and 3.2% after injectable flu vaccine.

In children aged 24-59 months there were 2.1% who required hospitalisation after flu mist vaccine spray and 2.5% after injectable flu vaccine.

In babies aged 6-23 months there were 5.9% who suffered wheezing after flu mist vaccine spray and 3.8% after injectable flu vaccine.

In children aged 24-59 months there were 2.1% who suffered wheezing after flu mist vaccine spray and 2.5% after injectable flu vaccine.

Adverse Events Occuring Within 10 days after dose 1 of vaccine or control vaccine

Runny nose/nasal congestion:

51% of children vaccinated with flu mist vaccine spray and 42% of children vaccinated with injectable flu vaccine developed runny nose/nasal congestion.

13% of children vaccinated with flu mist vaccine spray and 12% of children vaccinated with injectable flu vaccine suffered decrease in appetite.

12% of children vaccinated with flu mist vaccine spray and 11% of children vaccinated with injectable flu vaccine suffered irritability.

7% of children vaccinated with flu mist vaccine spray and 6% of children vaccinated with injectable flu vaccine suffered lethargy (decrease in activity).

5% of children vaccinated with flu mist vaccine spray and 6% of children vaccinated with injectable flu vaccine suffered sore throat.

3% of children vaccinated with flu mist vaccine spray and 3% of children vaccinated with injectable flu vaccine developed headaches.

2% of children vaccinated with flu mist vaccine spray and 2% of children vaccinated with injectable flu vaccine developed chills and muscle aches.

6% of children vaccinated with flu mist vaccine spray and 4% of children vaccinated with injectable flu vaccine had a fever of 100-101 F

4% of children vaccinated with flu mist vaccine spray and 3% of children vaccinated with injectable flu vaccine had a fever of 101-102 F.

Adverse Events In Adults

A trial was conducted on adults aged 18-49, but it wasn't a true scientific trial as the placebo was flu mist as well!

The control group had regular refridgerated flu mist and the placebo had FROZEN flu mist.

44% of adults vaccinated with flu mist vaccine spray and 27% vaccinated with the frozen variety experienced runny nose.

40% of adults vaccinated with flu mist vaccine spray and 38% vaccinated with the frozen variety developed headache.

28% of adults vaccinated with flu mist vaccine spray and 17% vaccinated with the frozen variety developed sore throat.

26% of adults vaccinated with flu mist vaccine spray and 22% vaccinated with the frozen variety suffered from weakness and tiredness.

17% of adults vaccinated with flu mist vaccine spray and 15% vaccinated with the frozen variety developed muscle aches.

14% of adults vaccinated with flu mist vaccine spray and 11% vaccinated with the frozen variety got a cough.

9% of adults vaccinated with flu mist vaccine spray and 6% vaccinated with the frozen variety developed chills.

Other Adverse Reactions Post-Trial

Exacerbation of mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, gastrointestinal disorders - nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Immune system disorders, hypersensitivity reactions, anaphylactic shock, facial edema, urticaria.

Nervous system disorders, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Bell's Palsy.

Respiratory, thoracic, and mediastinal disorders, epistaxis.

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders, rash.

Contraindications To Flu Mist Vaccine Spray

You shouldn't be vaccinated if:

1. You have a history of anaphylactic shock after vaccines.

2. Allergy to egg or egg proteins.

3. Allergy to gentamicin (antibiotic).

4. Allergy to gelatine or arginine or with life threatening reactions to previous flu vaccines.

5. Children aged 2-17 who are taking asprin should not have flu vaccine because of the risk of Reyes Syndrome.

6. Flu mist should not be administered to any individuals with asthma.

7. It should not be given to children under the age of 5 who have a history of recurrent wheezing.

8. It should not be given to anyone with an underlying illness or disorder.

9. Administration of flu mist, a live virus vaccine, to immuno-compromised individuals should be based on careful consideration of the benefits and risks.

(VAN UK'S COMMENT: In all other medical documents we have read, live vaccines are absolutely contraindicated in immuno-suppressed people).

10. If you have had Guillain-Barre Syndrome within 6 weeks of a previous vaccination, flu mist should only be given based on careful consideration of the benefits and risks.

(This is because there is a higher rate of Guillain-Barre Syndrome cases occuring after flu vaccination).

Non-Clinical Toxicology of Flu Mist

Flu mist vaccine has not been evaluated for it's carcinogenic or mutagenic properties or it's potiential to impair fertility (ie, they haven't studied whether it causes cancer, can mutate into other illnesses or cause infertility).

It is not known whether the flu mist is excreted in human milk. There is a possibility of shedding of vaccine virus. Care should be taken with nursing mothers and infants.

It is not known whether flu mist can cause fetal harm or affect reproduction capacity.

Use of Flu Mist Vaccine In People Over 65

Flu mist is not indicated in this age group.

Subjects in this age group who had underlying medical conditions which would predispose them to the risks of flu, were studied for safety and they were found to have much higher rates of sore throat after vaccination.

It is also not indicated in people aged 50-64 because it is not effective in that age group.

Flu Vaccine Doesn't Work In The Elderly

Influenza vaccines may save fewer elderly people's lives than generally claimed.

The reason is that estimates of a 50% or greater reduction in all-cause mortality have emerged from cohort studies fraught with selection bias, asserted a review article in the October issue of The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

But the real effect with flu shots for those 65 and older during December through March could not have been any greater than 5% to 10%, said Lone Simonsen, Ph.D., of George Washington University here, and colleagues. That's the flu-related mortality burden found in studies of excess all-cause mortality.

Aside from these cohort studies, the evidence is too weak to show any mortality benefit in older adults, who account for 90% of influenza deaths each year, Dr. Simonsen and colleagues added.

Vaccination policies may need to be revisited, commented Tom Jefferson, M.D., and Carlo Di Pietrantonj, Ph.D., both of the Cochrane Vaccines Field in Alessandria, Italy.

"We must never again allow layers of poor research to mask substantial uncertainty about the effects of a public-health intervention and present a falsely optimistic view of policy," they wrote. They called for placebo-controlled trials.

The "illusory" estimates arose primarily from methodologically weak cohort studies, the GWU researchers said.

These studies used nonspecific endpoints, typically all-cause mortality and non-laboratory-confirmed influenza outcomes, while attempting to adjust for selection bias in multivariate models with health-status covariates defined by diagnostic codes.

Source: Medpage Today, 25 September 2007.
Studies cited were:

Simonsen L, et al "Mortality benefits of influenza vaccination in elderly people: an ongoing controversy" Lancet Infect Dis 2007; 7: 658-66.

Jefferson T, Di Pietrantonj C "Inactivated influenza vaccines in the elderly-are you sure?" Lancet Infect Dis 2007; 7: DOI:10.1016/S0140-6736(07)61389-0.

It should be noted that 90% of the flu death rate is in people over 65 years of age, when the vaccine is not effective anyway

Flu Vaccination Rates Up And So Is Flu - A 206% increase in calls relating to colds and flu

Just over half of patients aged over 65 have received their annual flu vaccination, according to the first uptake figures published for this season’s campaign.

Provisional data released from NHS Immunisation, derived from 7,139 (86%) of the 8,330 GP practices in England, shows that by then end of October 55.9% of patients aged 65 years and over had received their flu jab – up slightly from 54.7% at the same time last year.

30.6% of patients aged under 65 and in a clinical risk group had received their flu jab by the end of October, another modest increase from last year’s figure of 28.4%.

So far the flu vaccination campaign has not been dogged by the shortages of vaccine seen in previous years. But the latest weekly report on influenza, compiled by the HPA and including data up to December 7th, warns that 'influenza activity across the UK appeared to be increasing.'

The more recent data included in the HPA's weekly report puts flu vaccine uptake at 71.4% in the over 65s and 43.4% in the under 65s.
Click here to find out more!

The HPA report also states threshold for NHS direct have been exceeded, and the service has seen a 200% increase in the volume of cold and flu-related calls to their hotline.

From September 8 to December 7 NHS Direct experienced a 206% rise in callers ringing to seek medical advice about colds, flu, coughs and fever.

Source: Pulse doctor's magazine, 11th December 2008.

Nurses Don't Want To Take Their Own Medicine

'It's a basis right to say what is and isn't put into your body.'

Providence Alaska Medical Center has implemented a new policy telling its employees to either get a flu shot or get fired, and some workers are fighting it.

According to Providence, the Centers for Disease Control said it is unethical for health workers to not get a flu vaccine.

Providence said flu vaccination rates among its employees were not as high as they should have been, so a new policy has been put into place, forcing all employees to get a shot.

But the new rule has caused controversy, especially among nurses, and the nurses' union has filed a grievance protesting the policy.

"It is a basic right to say what is and isn't put in your body," said Debbie Thompson, president of the Alaska Nurses Association. "There is so many mixed studies on the flu vaccination study right now that it's hard to say what its success rate is."

Source: 2 News, KTUU.com, by Lori Tipton, 10 December 2008.

VAN UK'S Comment: Nurses say it's a right to decide what is put in the body yet in the States parents cannot choose until they file exemptions, some of which are denied, so it seems as if there is one rule for parents and another for the medical profession.

60% of Doctors Don't Have The Flu Shot (or spray)

the truth is, some doctors and nurses might talk the talk without walking the walk.

According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a significant chunk of health care professionals declined to get vaccinated against the influenza virus during the 2006-07 flu season, with only about 40 percent opting for a jab. It's an "abysmal and profoundly sad" statistic, according to Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of the department of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt Medical School in Nashville, Tenn.

"Both the professional and ethical responsibility of all health care workers is to be vaccinated annually against influenza," Schaffner said.

Vaccination serves to protect both patient and health care provider from becoming infected with influenza, as well as from transmitting the contagious virus to others.

There are legitimate reasons to steer clear of the needle. People with an egg allergy might avoid getting the vaccine because viruses for the flu shot are grown in eggs. People with Guillain-Barre syndrome -- a disease that results in nerve damage -- should avoid getting vaccinated as well, since respiratory illnesses can trigger an episode.

Source: ABC News, 9th December 2008.

Summary of Flu Mist Spray Vaccine

1.The flu viruses in the spray vaccine are live. As well as live viruses it contains antibiotics which depress the immune system, harmful food additives and pig bones, making it unsuitable for vegetarians.

2. 4.2% of children vaccinated are hospitalized with breathing difficulty and upto 5.9% have wheezing.

3. The flu vaccine (both mist and injection) has side-effects identical to flu and other affects more serious than flu, in both adults and children.

4. The flu mist spray has a rate of side-effects higher than the injection.

5. The flu mist spray can cause anaphylactic shock and death.

6. The flu mist spray can trigger Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a paralysing disease.

7. It is not known whether flu mist spray causes cancer, affects unborn babies, mutates into other illnesses or causes infertility.

8. There has never been a placebo-controlled, double blinded trial of any flu vaccine to see if it works.

9. The flu vaccine is ineffective in the elderly - the very group who are at heightened risk from flu.

10. 60% of doctors and nurses refuse to get the flu shot or spray and many think it does not work, yet they still recommend it to the public.

'What's So Normal About Being Feverish For Days And Days?' - A Mother Speaks Of Her Daughter's Shot Reaction

Is the flu shot really worth it for babies? To some, this may seem a ridiculous question. Chief among flu shot supporters is the Centers for Disease Control, which recommends an annual flu shot for children from six month to 18 years. Yes, I know the folks at the CDC are super smart. That’s why they’re the CDC. But after three days of dealing with a feverish baby, whose body became racked with coughing and mucus after getting round two of her flu vaccine – yes, first timers get two shots one month apart -- I’m beginning to wonder about the wisdom of this shot business.

Perhaps there’s a better way. A new study out this week shows an alternative to the flu vaccine may be on the way. But it’ll be at least three years before this new treatment is available.

So, until then, I’ll whine on. My daughter’s first flu shot also laid her low with soaring temperatures –- though not high enough to call the doctor -- lethargy and general irritability. And there’s the issue of the stuffy nose. A humidifier only does so much when one doesn’t know how to blow one’s own nose. (I’d welcome any tips on helping my girl learn to blow her nose.) We depend on saline drops, random sneezes, vapor rub and a syringe to help provide relief. When we try to clear her nose with the syringe or saline drops, you’d think we were plucking her toenails. In general, she doesn’t sleep well because she’s irritable. I can’t sleep because I’m checking her temperature every 30 minutes.

This isn’t a gripe. Well, maybe it is. I do know that babies have such weak immune systems that they can have serious complications from the flu and, in rare cases, could die from it or flu-related sicknesses such as pneumonia. So, we got the shots. No questions asked. We trust the studies that say the vaccine is safe for children.We’re also up to date on all of our vaccinations.

But I’m a nervous newbie Momma who worries about everything. The pediatrician says my daughter’s reactions are normal. But what’s normal about being feverish for days and days? I sure hope researchers find a healthy alternative.

Source: Whoa Momma! Tampabay.com, 25 February 2009.

VAN UK'S Comment: This mother's baby had several symptoms of flu. Flu is uncommon in babies, particularly breast fed babies. If a mother wants to strengthen her baby's immune system, everything he needs is in her breast milk.

NHS Staff Refuse Flu Jab

A new report discloses that fewer than one in seven front line NHS staff received a flu vaccine last year despite a recommendations that they do so.

The Department of Health is to release figures next week, which show that only 14 per cent of front line workers had a flu jab before the 2008-09 season.

This comes despite warnings from Sir Liam Donaldson, the Chief Medical Officer for England, that immunisation rates had to improve.

Under the code of practice for health-care-acquired infections issued by the NHS, and monitored by the Healthcare Commission, trusts are required to "ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that health care workers are free of, and protected from, exposure to communicable infections".

However, a study of NHS attitudes conducted by the Government last year found that most staff did not view flu as a serious illness and thought the vaccine unnecessary because they were not at risk.

Source: The Telegraph, 28 February 2009.

Children Who Have Flu Vaccination Are Three Times More Likely To End Up In Hospital Than Children Who Don't Get Flu Vaccine

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic set out to determine whether the flu vaccine was effective in reducing the number of hospitalizations for all children, and especially the ones with asthma. The study involved 263 children who were evaluated from six months to 18 years of age, each of whom had had laboratory-confirmed influenza between 1996 to 2006. The investigators determined which children had and had not received the flu vaccine, their asthma status, and who did and did not require hospitalization. Records were reviewed for each subject with influenza-related illness, for flu vaccination preceding the illness, and hospitalization during that illness.

"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, there was a significantly higher risk of hospitalization in subjects who received the TIV, as compared to those who did not (p= 0.006)."

So, will these disturbing findings--namely, ineffectiveness of the TIV vaccine coupled with evidence of harm--lead the the Center for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to rescind their recommendation for annual influenza vaccination for all children aged six months to 18 years?

Or will our public health policy continue to be guided by the entrenched pharmaceutical industry?

When evidence suggests that current vaccine recommendations are harming children it is unethical to delay issuing a cautionary advisory by invoking "more studies are needed" to delay action. Public health policy should be guided by the precautionary principle--"Above all, do no harm"--not by business interests.

Source: Alliance For Human Research Protection, 22nd May 2009 - also reported on the Diseases in the vaccinated page 2.

Nurse Refuses 'Unholy' Vaccinations

An Apache Junction woman claims the Arizona Heart Hospital violated her right to religious freedom by demanding she be immunized as a condition of employment.

Melissa Allen, a licensed nurse, applied at the Phoenix hospital two years ago as a patient care assistant and was told by the "charge nurse" that she would be a good hire, court records state. At the time, Allen says she told the charge nurse about her religious beliefs.

Allen "professed her belief that her body is created in G-d's image and must not be defiled. As the divine architect, G-d designed the body to have an immune system, which must not be defiled by immunizations because they are a violation of G-d's supreme authority and, therefore, unholy."

Allen claims the nurse agreed to hire her despite those beliefs. (However, a letter of conditional employment signed by Allen and hospital staff states clearly she was required to show proof of hepatitis B and MMR vaccinations).

The hospital has a policy that allows religious exemptions for employees, but Allen says she was later told that she couldn't get an exemption. Though she was qualified in every other way, court records state, the hospital staff gave her an ultimatum: Get immunized or get lost.

Allen claims she turned down other job offers at the time, thinking she was going to be employed by the Arizona Heart Hospital. She filed suit last week, seeking compensatory pay -- and a job.

Source: Phoenix New Times, 2nd June 2009.

Letter From Air Force Pilot Who Got Flu From Vaccination

I'm curious.

Has anyone out there gave any serious thought to these vaccinations they offer us for all the various strains of flu that seem to pop up every year?

I was in the Air Force for 13 years, and it was mandatory that we all take an annual flu shot.

Every time I got that shot, I got sick as a dog.

Every year when I was fortunate enough to be gone when they were given, I was flu free.

Ever watch TV and see all those ads for high blood pressure, cholesterol, and a host of other ailments?

Ever pay attention to the disclaimers at the end?

If so, you will have noticed that every one of these medications they offer all have a string of side effects, some of which are very serious and life threatening.

Yet these vaccinations they offer us, we never hear about any possible side effects.

Why is that?

I have done some research on these vaccines, and what is in them.

After doing so, I have decided that I will never again allow them to stick a needle in my arm for any reason.

If the people offering these vaccines were required to list all the ingredients, and their possible side effects, you too might come to the same conclusions as I have.

Neal Ross.

Source: appealdemocrat.com, 12 August 2009.

Payouts in 53 Flu Jab Injury Cases

A woman paralysed after a flu jab is one of 53 people to get ACC payouts for injuries related to the seasonal flu vaccine in the past four years.

Sxity-two claims were rejected.

The Christchurch woman in her 60s was struck down with the life-threatening condition Guillain-Barre Syndrome, or GBS, after receiving a seasonal flu inoculation.

Within a couple of days, she began suffering neurological symptoms and was admitted to hospital, where she spent three weeks in intensive care.

GBS Society spokesman Tony Pearson said the rare disorder, which affects the central nervous system, causing temporary paralysis and respiratory problems, usually followed a viral or bacterial infection, but in rare cases had been associated with vaccinations. Sometimes weeks could elapse between the "trigger" and the onset of symptoms, which made it difficult to pinpoint the cause. "That's why it's hard to prove it to ACC's satisfaction."

British health authorities have asked doctors to watch out for symptoms of GBS during the swine flu pandemic and mass vaccination programme.

The British Health Protection Agency said GBS had been identified as a potential adverse event, which would require enhanced surveillance following the introduction of a pandemic vaccine.

A swine flu vaccination programme in the United States in 1976 resulted in multimillion-dollar lawsuits after 500 people one in 80,000 developed GBS.

Twenty-five people died of GBS, while just one person died of swine flu.

Source: stuff.co.nz, 25 August 2009.

Flu Vaccines Stop Immunity to H1N1

Yearly vaccination against seasonal influenza viruses is recommended for certain individuals at high risk of complications associated with influenza. It has been recommended in some countries, including the USA, that all children aged 6—59 months are vaccinated against seasonal influenza. However, it has been shown—mainly in animals—that infection with influenza A viruses can induce protective immunity to influenza A viruses of other unrelated subtypes. This so-called heterosubtypic immunity does not provide full protection, but can limit virus replication and reduce morbidity and mortality of the host. This type of immunity might be relevant to human beings when a new subtype of influenza A virus is introduced into the population, such as the new influenza A H1N1 virus responsible for the present influenza pandemic and the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 viruses that are causing an ever increasing number of human infections with high mortality rates. Preventing infection with seasonal influenza viruses by vaccination might prevent the induction of heterosubtypic immunity to pandemic strains, which might be a disadvantage to immunologically naive people—eg, infants.

Source: The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Early Online Publication, 30 October 2009

Flu Vaccine Does Not Prevent Asthma in Children

Background: There is a lack of clinical evidence that annual vaccination against influenza prevents asthma exacerbations in children.

Methods: Retrospective cohort study of 800 children with asthma, where one half did, and the other half did not receive the influenza vaccine. The two groups were compared with respect to clinic visits, emergency department (ED) visits, and hospitalisations for asthma. In multivariable analyses, adjustment was made for baseline asthma severity, prior utilisation of health services, receipt of vaccine in the previous year, and demographic variables.

Results: After adjusting for other variables, the vaccine group had a significantly increased risk of asthma related clinic visits and ED visits (odds ratios 3.4 and 1.9, respectively).

Conclusion: This study failed to provide evidence that the influenza vaccine prevents paediatric asthma exacerbations.

Source: Arch Dis Child 2004;89:734-735 doi:10.1136/adc.2003.030999

Flu Vaccine Programme Stopped After Kids Hospitalised

The Western Australian Government has suspended all flu vaccinations for children under five while it investigates a spike in admissions to Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth.

The Health Minister, Kim Hames, says 45 children have been taken to hospital suffering high temperatures and febrile convulsions after receiving the vaccination.

Dr Hames says the program will be suspended until the department finishes its investigation.

He says parents who have had their children vaccinated should take precautions.

"If it's longer than 12 hours ago then there is no risk," he said.

"But if it's in the last 12 hours they should make sure that they give their child paracetamol and then take every effort to make sure that the temperature of their child is settled."

Source: ABC News, 22nd April 2010.

Jab Fears Grow as Toddlers Rushed to Hospital

* Vaccine to stop seasonal and swine flu
* Has caused vomiting, fits and convulsions in children
* Was never tested clincally

CLINICAL tests were never carried out on the latest seasonal flu vaccine - a first-time combination of seasonal flu with the feared swine flu H1N1 - that has left a baby girl fighting for her life in a Perth hospital and sparked fits, fevers and vomiting in up to 60 toddlers across the country.

Health officials were last night trying to determine what had caused the reactions in the children, mostly in WA.

The country's chief medical officer, Jim Bishop, yesterday ordered doctors in all states to stop giving the flu vaccine to children under five.

Professor Bishop said non-swine flu strains in the vaccine may have caused the reactions.

For the first time in the world, the flu shot rolled out in Australia last month combined two strains of seasonal flu, as well as H1N1.

Professor Bishop said the Panvax vaccine - the swine flu jab - was "safe", but said the combined flu shot had been suspended for young children as a "precautionary measure" pending investigation by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, which approved its use last month.

Panvax was tested on 400 children before its release last year, but the combined shot was not subjected to any clinical trials.

CSL, which manufactures both vaccines, has stopped distributing children's doses nationally "to reduce the risk of inadvertent administration in this age group".

One angry West Australian mother, who only wanted to be identified as Sharon, said if officials had acted earlier, the one-year-old girl in critical condition in hospital may never have become sick.

Sharon had three of her four children vaccinated two weeks ago and all three needed hospitalisation after suffering from fevers, vomiting and fits.

She said it was a frightening experience after her three-year-old, Alivia, turned purple and began shaking.

One of her one-year-old twins, Lateesha, later started convulsing.

Peter Richmond, associate professor at the University of Western Australia's school of pediatrics and child health, said the vaccine was not subjected to trials.

"As with each year's seasonal influenza vaccine, this year's seasonal influenza vaccine isn't subject to specific trials in children before it's used," he said.

Source: http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/flu-jab-fears-grow-as-toddlers-rushed-to-hospital/story-e6frg12c-1225857730304

Flu Shot Fatality - 2 Year old Toddler Dies 12 Hours after Vaccination

* Twins given flu job; Ashley dies
* Authorities caution jab for under-5s
* Girl, 2, was fine 12 hours earlier

A FAMILY is in mourning after their toddler unexpectedly died less than 12 hours after receiving a seasonal flu vaccination.

Two-year-old twin Ashley Jade Epapara had been "perfectly fine" before dying at her Upper Mt Gravatt home, on Brisbane's southside, on April 9. Parents David and Nicole are shattered by the mysterious death of their baby girl. "It's dreadful, it's a very hard time," Mr Epapara said yesterday.

National health authorities have ordered doctors to stop giving seasonal influenza vaccinations to children under five after dozens of serious reactions, including convulsions.

Ashley's death is being investigated by police and the office of the coroner. A spokesman for Brisbane coroner John Lock confirmed yesterday that a report was being prepared.

Mrs Epapara told The Sunday Mail that "tests are being carried out" on her little girl. But the young mother didn't want to comment further as she began shaking and her eyes welled with tears. Ashley's twin sister, Jaime, also received the flu jab at the same time and is believed to have been vomiting the night before her sister died.

Asked whether he or his wife thought the influenza vaccine had anything to do with their child's death, Mr Epapara said: "It's very coincidental."

More than 45 children experienced convulsions and fever, with some having to be taken to hospital in intensive care after receiving the vaccine in Western Australia.

Queensland chief health officer Jeannette Young confirmed 15 children in Queensland had been recorded as having an adverse reaction to the vaccine.

Australia's chief medical officer Professor Jim Bishop said in a statement that the West Australian events were being "urgently investigated by health experts and the Therapeutic Goods Administration".

The World Health Organisation last year said a "small number of deaths" had occurred in people vaccinated for influenza, with 65 million people vaccinated globally.

Source: http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/national/flu-shot-fatality-toddler-dies-12-hours-after-having-vaccination/story-e6frea8c-1225857872979

Concerns Mount over Child Flu Vaccine

The free vaccine program for children under five has been suspended across Australia after a spike in admissions to Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth.

WA's Chief Health Officer Tarun Weeramanthri says in the last month, 44 children under the age of 10 have presented to PMH with febrile convulsions, and 23 of those cases have been linked to the vaccine.

He says a further 40 possible cases have been identified across the metropolitan area and Bunbury.

"Now what we are doing is chasing those down to see how many of those had flu vaccine."

Dr Weeramanthri says the number of affected children is expected to rise.

A West Australian woman says her three children had convulsions and vomiting after receiving the vaccine.

She says it was a frightening experience.

"We got home and they were all fine, no symptoms at all, asked the doctor if there would be any, he said there wouldn't be, and then when I was getting ready for bed Olivia all of a sudden went purple from head to toe and just started shaking uncontrollably."

Parents have criticised the the time it took for the department to stop the vaccine.

Janine Hadfield had her child vaccinated just hours before the program was suspended.

"I've never experienced anything like that, you're hopeless and knowing full well from the news, everything coming across on the news that something could happen and it was beyond your control, it was too late for us, it was just awful," she said.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/04/23/2880702.htm

Vaccine is Worse Than the Flu

PUBLIC health experts have called for an independent body to actively monitor drug safety after it emerged that young children were more likely to end up in hospital because of side-effects from a leading flu vaccine than they were from the illness itself.

The analysis contradicts government safety advice that the harm did not outweigh the risk and raises concerns about the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s assessment of the vaccine.

More than 1000 adverse responses in children under five were reported to the TGA by June this year, including nearly 100 febrile convulsions, a seizure that in a small number of cases has been associated with long-term adverse health outcomes.

The side effects were linked to one of the three seasonal flu vaccines, Fluvax and Fluvax junior, from drug company CSL, but the TGA maintained despite that ‘‘the overall risk-benefit balance of both products remains positive’’.

The Commonwealth chief medical officer, Professor Jim Bishop, claims the advice was intended to indicate the drug should not be withdrawn from the market, but said the government would reassess it in light of the research.

But research published yesterday in the journal Eurosurveillance showed Fluvax may have caused two to three hospital admissions due to seizure for every admission from flu it prevented.

The chief executive of the Public Health Association of Australia, Michael Moore, said further examination of risks at arm’s length from the TGA was needed. The government should consider creating an independent centre.

‘‘There is a concern ... that the TGA is the body that approves vaccines and is also the body that determines what the risks and benefits are when concerns are raised,’’ he said.

Professor Peter Collignon, an infectious diseases expert at the Australian National University, said the vaccination program in under-fives did more harm than good. ‘‘The TGA made that decision [about risk-benefit] without any evidence to back it up,’’ he said.

He questioned its independence and transparency, as some advisers to the organisation have worked with drug companies. Professor Bishop said the risk-benefit claim indicated the drug should not be withdrawn.

The TGA had at the same time recommended other vaccines besides Fluvax be used in the under-fives, he said.

He defended the TGA’s independence: ‘‘There is no evidence the TGA is obligated to drug companies and they have a number of ways to make sure their advice is independent,’’ he said.

‘‘I feel comfortable about our investigation (of the vaccine, but) the fact of the matter is there is now new information available and the regulator will take that into account.’’

Heath Kelly, the study leader and honorary Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, said the government should actively check for vaccine side-effects, not wait for reports.

There should also be a national insurance scheme to compensate people if they experienced a bad reaction.

‘‘On very rare occasions, things can go wrong in vaccination programs,’’ he said.

‘‘The community that recommended and promoted vaccination [should] provide support for any child who suffers serious adverse consequences.’’

A spokeswoman for CSL said: ‘‘Extensive investigations are ongoing with international collaborators’’.

CSL supported the continuation of the recommendation that Fluvax not be used in under-fives until they could be confident of preventing future problems.

Source: theage.com.au, 18th September 2010.

Medical Study Says Flu Shot Caused Seizures in Children

Flu shots triggered seizures in young Australian children, causing more harm than benefit, according to a study released this week in the epidemiology journal Eurosurveillance.

The flu vaccine, more commonly known as Fluvax, produced about four cases of febrile seizures per 1,000 vaccinated children in Australia during the months of March and April 2010, according to the report.

Fluvax “caused two or three hospital admissions due to febrile convulsions for every hospital admission due to influenza prevented,” scientists wrote.

Side effects from the trivalent inactivated influenza (TIV) vaccine manufactured by CSL Biotherapies prompted Western Australian officials and later the governments of Australia and New Zealand to suspend child vaccinations in April 2010 after they discovered a high hospitalization rate of young children who were vaccinated with Fluvax.

Epidemiologists determined that Fluvax’s effects were significant, since other TIVs only caused zero to 0.3 cases of febrile seizures per 1,000 children vaccinated.

However, the study reiterated that the seizures were caused by one specific drug by one manufacturer, and that it found no evidence that other flu vaccines were harmful.

Source: The Epoch Times, 18th September 2010.


UP to a million under-fives have been inoculated against the flu virus with a controversial vaccine containing poisonous mercury.

Pandemrix has been given to almost a quarter of all healthy babies and young children as well as thousands of older children with health problems.

Inquiries by the Sunday Express reveal it contains a preservative made with a form of mercury that was phased out of childhood vaccines in 2004 after fears about its safety.

The preservative, called thimerosal, has been linked with autism and developmental disorders in children and was withdrawn from childhood vaccines in the United States and parts of Europe 10 years ago.

Yet the UK government has always insisted there is no persuasive evidence it poses a health risk. When it was withdrawn, Labour health minister Rosie Winterton said the move was part of “a global goal to minimise environmental exposure to mercury”.

However, many experts disagree. Dr Richard Halvorsen, author of the book, The Truth About Vaccines, said: “Thimerosal is an extremely toxic substance and known poison to the brain.

“There is enough convincing evidence linking thimerosal with developmental disorders and learning problems in individual children to warrant its removal from any childhood vaccine.

“It is irresponsible to administer a jab with little proven benefit which contains potentially harmful toxic substances.”

Read more: http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/222000/Child-flu-vaccine-contains-mercuryChild-flu-vaccine-contains-mercury#ixzz1AdqcCB5O

Flu shot destroys baby Saba's life

THIS time last year, Saba Button was a beautiful, thriving 11-month-old. She'd just taken her first three steps, and spoken her first three words. She was perfect in almost every way.

Her mum and dad, Kirsten and Mick, chose to follow the Health Department recommendation and give Saba the flu vaccination.

What they thought was a simple and responsible decision has - in the blink of an eye - destroyed the health and happiness of this very decent family.

Saba had her vaccination at lunchtime, by dinner time she was softly moaning in her cot, with a raging temperature of 40.2 degrees. Life was limping out of her.

Saba then began a desperate fight. After two days in ICU at PMH her family was called in to say goodbye. Kirsten and Mick refused to give up. So did Saba.

She survived but she's now a very different child. Saba has an acquired brain injury from prolonged seizures, it's a global injury, she is no longer able to walk or talk, or eat by mouth.

What makes this story so desperately sad is her parents believe the injury to their daughter could have been prevented.

In the days leading up to Saba's flu jab, 111 other Perth children had suffered adverse reactions.

The Health Department must have known about these terrible outcomes, but didn't issue a warning to parents.

Indeed, while Saba was in ICU clinging to life, nobody in the medical bureaucracy stepped in to stop the program.

So, this wasn't like a car accident that couldn't be avoided. This was a crash where the alarm bells had been ringing for days, if not weeks.

I'd like to know if medical practitioners armed with the knowledge of the adverse reactions were vaccinating their children? Or was it just the innocent deluded public, who trust in their health authorities?

This family's beautiful life has been destroyed. Mick and Kirsten pass in hospital corridors, tag teaming so Saba is never left alone. Their son - Cooper - has lost the tight family unit of a year ago. His sister will never be the same.

I've cried myself to sleep this week, thinking it could have been my family, it could have been yours.

Surely the health department needs to answer a few questions like, when did they know Saba could be at serious risk? Why didn't it pull the program when it was so clear it was going so horribly wrong? And, how can they assure us it will be any different this year?

Source: myZOO 20th March 2011.

THE flu vaccine crisis that gripped the country last year left one innocent Perth toddler with debilitating brain damage. Now, 12 months on, Saba Button's parents break their silence and tell how things went horribly wrong.
At the main entrance of Princess Margaret Hospital, there are five children frozen in time. Cast in bronze and hauntingly dressed in crinkled Victorian outfits, the statues watch silently as visitors pass by.

One still boy lugs a teddy bear, another child sleeps in an iron cot, a third toddler drags his home made wagon, while an older girl with flowing hair tries to run away. All of them are lifelike, yet cursed never to move again. The last child near the northern sliding door is a small girl kneeling respectfully.

Look at her sad eyes long enough and you can almost hear her whisper: “Please Mum, take me home to the life I once knew.’’

This time last year Mick Button would be hard up knowing where to park his car at PMH. He’d only ever been there once and that was a false alarm. He and his family were a picture of health and he’d been blessed with a lucky life riding waves all over the world.

After leaving school in the northern suburbs, he set up Santosha surfboards, before becoming instrumental in bringing the Rusty Surfwear label to Australia. As the brand boomed in the late ’90s, Mick had plenty of opportunities to travel the world searching for that ultimate swell.

"Good waves and good weather somewhere I could surf in my boardies," he quips with an infectious laugh.
For years he bobbed through life much like he did as he sat silhouetted against the horizon waiting for that next big set -- if he missed an opportunity, another one would come along sooner or later. No dramas.

It was an unbreakable bond. He was happy being Mick Button. Sun, surf, sand, saltwater, single.

Then nine years ago a happy girl living in Scarborough took Mick’s mind off the waves for a while. Kirsten Carty’s sandy hair and sparkling eyes soon had Mick sliding off his board and slipping into a more serious relationship.

The polite, well spoken primary school teacher taught Mick there was more to life then a south-westerly swell.
In 2005 they were married on Rottnest Island by Monsignor O’Shea at the little Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity.

With 180 family and friends squeezing out of the side doors, they exchanged vows as the sun shone on their lives ahead.

Two years later a son, Cooper, was born and on April 26, 2009, Kirst and Mick welcomed a daughter, Saba, into their happy house.

"She looked so much like her brother," Kirst recalls. "A nice easy birth. Just a 3½ hour labour. When she was born I looked at her and put her on my chest. My daughter.

"And when she came home she was such a good little girl. Happy, healthy and she made it so easy for us. She slept twice a day and would hardly stir at night apart from when I picked her up for a breastfeed. We were very lucky."

Mick thought he’d been living the dream as he grew up chasing the endless summers, but it didn’t come close to how content he felt as a new father and family man, sitting in the shallows splashing with his kids.

As young surfers ran past him on their way to the waves, Mick smiled in the sparkle of the shore wash with Cooper "born on my birthday, best birthday present ever" and Saba "she’s daddy’s girl, you know".

But he still loved a wave and when an invitation to a friend’s Bali wedding arrived in March last year the couple thought it would be a good chance for an overseas family holiday by the beach with the kids.

Around the same time Kirst also received another letter in the mail, a warning from the WA Department of Health about the upcoming influenza season.

"We believed at the time in immunisation and we saw the flu vaccination as part of that," she says. "The letter said flu vaccination was the right thing to do to protect our children."

The 2010 seasonal influenza strain would also protect against the human swine flu, which had emerged in 2009.

These details were all explained in the letter.

What wasn’t in the document was that one of the vaccines, CSL’s Fluvax, had shown side
effects during its clinical trials. Almost 300 children from six months to nine years old were tested by CSL.

Adverse reactions included high irritability, rhinitis, fever and temperatures above 37.5C. More than a fifth of them reported vomiting and diarrhoea. All these reactions were higher than previous years. Vomiting and diarrhoea had never been noted before.

As the Buttons enjoyed WA’s warm autumn weather by the beach, the 2010 vaccination program was officially launched on Friday, March 19. That weekend the State Government began an advertising campaign encouraging parents to vaccinate their children.

And so they did. But within days there were problems.

On Wednesday, March 31, in the tiny Wheatbelt town of Wickepin, nine children were vaccinated and six of them suffered reactions. One child was taken to Narrogin Hospital.

Saba Button, the girl who is never alone Billy Rule From: PerthNow April 07, 2011 10:20AM 48 commentsIncrease Text SizeDecrease Text SizePrintEmail Share
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THE flu vaccine crisis that gripped the country last year left one innocent Perth toddler with debilitating brain damage. Now, 12 months on, Saba Button's parents break their silence and tell how things went horribly wrong.
At the main entrance of Princess Margaret Hospital, there are five children frozen in time. Cast in bronze and hauntingly dressed in crinkled Victorian outfits, the statues watch silently as visitors pass by.

One still boy lugs a teddy bear, another child sleeps in an iron cot, a third toddler drags his home made wagon, while an older girl with flowing hair tries to run away. All of them are lifelike, yet cursed never to move again. The last child near the northern sliding door is a small girl kneeling respectfully.

Look at her sad eyes long enough and you can almost hear her whisper: “Please Mum, take me home to the life I once knew.’’

This time last year Mick Button would be hard up knowing where to park his car at PMH. He’d only ever been there once and that was a false alarm. He and his family were a picture of health and he’d been blessed with a lucky life riding waves all over the world.

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After leaving school in the northern suburbs, he set up Santosha surfboards, before becoming instrumental in bringing the Rusty Surfwear label to Australia. As the brand boomed in the late ’90s, Mick had plenty of opportunities to travel the world searching for that ultimate swell.

"Good waves and good weather somewhere I could surf in my boardies," he quips with an infectious laugh.
For years he bobbed through life much like he did as he sat silhouetted against the horizon waiting for that next big set -- if he missed an opportunity, another one would come along sooner or later. No dramas.

It was an unbreakable bond. He was happy being Mick Button. Sun, surf, sand, saltwater, single.

Then nine years ago a happy girl living in Scarborough took Mick’s mind off the waves for a while. Kirsten Carty’s sandy hair and sparkling eyes soon had Mick sliding off his board and slipping into a more serious relationship.

The polite, well spoken primary school teacher taught Mick there was more to life then a south-westerly swell.
In 2005 they were married on Rottnest Island by Monsignor O’Shea at the little Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity.

With 180 family and friends squeezing out of the side doors, they exchanged vows as the sun shone on their lives ahead.

Two years later a son, Cooper, was born and on April 26, 2009, Kirst and Mick welcomed a daughter, Saba, into their happy house.

"She looked so much like her brother," Kirst recalls. "A nice easy birth. Just a 3½ hour labour. When she was born I looked at her and put her on my chest. My daughter.

"And when she came home she was such a good little girl. Happy, healthy and she made it so easy for us. She slept twice a day and would hardly stir at night apart from when I picked her up for a breastfeed. We were very lucky."

Mick thought he’d been living the dream as he grew up chasing the endless summers, but it didn’t come close to how content he felt as a new father and family man, sitting in the shallows splashing with his kids.

As young surfers ran past him on their way to the waves, Mick smiled in the sparkle of the shore wash with Cooper "born on my birthday, best birthday present ever" and Saba "she’s daddy’s girl, you know".

But he still loved a wave and when an invitation to a friend’s Bali wedding arrived in March last year the couple thought it would be a good chance for an overseas family holiday by the beach with the kids.

Around the same time Kirst also received another letter in the mail, a warning from the WA Department of Health about the upcoming influenza season.

"We believed at the time in immunisation and we saw the flu vaccination as part of that," she says. "The letter said flu vaccination was the right thing to do to protect our children."

The 2010 seasonal influenza strain would also protect against the human swine flu, which had emerged in 2009.

These details were all explained in the letter.

What wasn’t in the document was that one of the vaccines, CSL’s Fluvax, had shown side
effects during its clinical trials. Almost 300 children from six months to nine years old were tested by CSL.

Adverse reactions included high irritability, rhinitis, fever and temperatures above 37.5C. More than a fifth of them reported vomiting and diarrhoea. All these reactions were higher than previous years. Vomiting and diarrhoea had never been noted before.

As the Buttons enjoyed WA’s warm autumn weather by the beach, the 2010 vaccination program was officially launched on Friday, March 19. That weekend the State Government began an advertising campaign encouraging parents to vaccinate their children.

And so they did. But within days there were problems.

On Wednesday, March 31, in the tiny Wheatbelt town of Wickepin, nine children were vaccinated and six of them suffered reactions. One child was taken to Narrogin Hospital.

Wickepin Health Service reported the issue to the Wheatbelt public health nurse who, the next day, emailed the State Government’s Communicable Disease Control Directorate (CDCD) with her concerns. She was told not to worry.

A week later the senior nurse from the Central Immunisation Clinic in Rheola St, West Perth, contacted the CDCD. She reported "getting phone calls from parents regarding adverse reactions to the free flu vaccine. High fever and vomiting approximately five hours post vaccination". This was different to previous years when the Rheola St clinic had very few "adverse events following immunisation".

The next day, on Friday, April 9, tragedy struck in Queensland. Two year old twin Ashley Epapara died a day after having the flu vaccination. Over the next week SA and Victorian authorities reported cases of adverse vaccine reactions to the Therapeutic Goods Authority (TGA) _ Australia’s regulatory agency for medical drugs and devices _ and WA’s CDCD.

Meanwhile, spot fires continued to ignite locally. On Monday, April 12, nurses in PMH’s Emergency Department reported six suspected reactions, including seizures, to the seasonal vaccine.

Panicked parents in Geraldton called the CDCD after their children had febrile reactions to the vaccine and the Rheola St clinic again contacted the CDCD, reporting three more phone calls from worried parents with sick children, post Fluvax. The CDCD contacted the TGA.

Over the next five days those spot fires formed a fire front. By Saturday, April 17, there had been 101 presentations of babies, toddlers and children to PMH’s ED suffering adverse reactions.

Despite the chaotic scenes at PMH and worried parents reporting their concerns to state health departments, no official communication had filtered into the suburbs, so Perth GPs were still administering the vaccine.
And at 12.30pm on Monday, April 19, protective mum Kirst Button held 11 month old Saba as her GP’s nurse gave the healthy toddler 0.25ml of CSL’s Fluvax in her left arm.

"In the car on the way home, Saba cried and seemed upset, which was unusual for her," Kirst says. "But once we got home she was happy. She went to bed at 2pm and slept for two hours, which was normal. It was a relaxed afternoon. She ate all her dinner, we gave her a light shower and I dressed her for bed before heading out for pilates."

Mick gave Saba a bottle at 6pm and soon his angel was asleep. About 7.30pm he heard a moaning sound crackle through the baby monitor so he went upstairs to check.

"She was lying on her stomach, so I put her on her side just in case she was uncomfortable," Mick says. "Then I went back downstairs and five minutes later she was moaning again. This time I thought I’d pick her up and give her a cuddle. That’s when I knew there was a problem."

Saba slumped in his arms like a doll and her little body was boiling. Mick called his wife, who had popped in to see her parents on the way home from pilates. When her daughter’s moans made it through the speaker phone, Kirst broke down. "I was hysterical," she says. She had never heard Saba sound so helpless.

Mick called an ambulance "I just knew something was wrong" while Kirst hurried home.

When she arrived, she scooped her limp baby girl into her arms. "Sabi, Sabi, Mamma’s here, Mamma’s here." No response. She took her temperature _ 40.2C. It should be 36.5C.

Five minutes later the ambulance arrived and after some routine checks Saba was on her way to PMH. Kirst sat in the back with Saba _ who now had diarrhoea _ on her chest. And there was this strange sound that wouldn’t stop:
"Beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep."

Mick looked around from the passenger seat.

"What the hell’s that?" he quizzed.

"It’s her heart rate," one ambulance officer said, gravely. Almost 238 beats a minute _ three times the 70-80 beats of a healthy 11 month old.

A decision was made to alert PMH and when they arrived there was a team of doctors and nurses waiting. Mick and Kirst heard someone say, "Oh, it’s another Fluvax baby", which was confusing because they knew nothing about other immunisation problems.

Saba was given fluids, Panadol and placed in an Emergency Department cubicle where her symptoms changed for the worse. She vomited twice and was twitching and restless. Kirst also noted Saba wouldn’t respond to her and was going cross-eyed.

"Something’s not right," she thought, so she rang for a nurse. After two hours it was decided Saba should stay overnight and she was transferred to Ward 9A.

"Saba was still shaking and twitching," says Kirst. "And in the ward she started doing a slow rhythmic movement with both her arms and legs. The arms flicked up and the legs rolled out. The movements were all in unison."

A doctor arrived and suspected these were unusual seizures.

Over the next three hours Saba was given two different doses of seizure medication. At about 1.30am she started to settle, so Mick went home to relieve Kirst’s parents who were looking after Cooper. Kirst stayed beside her baby girl hoping she was healing.

Even though she was totally fixated on her daughter, Kirst was aware of how alone she felt. The ward was quiet and dark. She had always thought she would do anything to protect Saba, yet the most she could do right now was just be with her as she slept _ whispered promises and prayers from a mother to her child in a ward of woe.

Within the hour, the silence was broken as Saba started having more intense seizures. And this time she was struggling to breathe. The doctor and nurses decided Saba needed to be in the Intensive Care Unit.

"I was scared as things began to get worse," Kirst recalls. "I rang Mick and told him to come back."

At 4.30am Saba was transferred to ICU. This seemed unbelievable how had it come to this? Less than 10 hours ago their cheeky-eyed daughter was laughing with her brother. Now she was hooked up to machines to keep her alive.

She was intubated and hooked up to a ventilator to help her breathe. A naso-gastric tube to prevent vomiting and a catheter to empty her bladder were inserted. Saba was given a variety of drugs to control the seizures. Blood tests revealed damage to her liver, kidneys and bone marrow and an MRI and CAT scan later showed the enormity of her brain damage.

The following morning, Wednesday, April 21, Mick and Kirst’s world slipped off its axis as they were given a deathly diagnosis.

From the moment they had stepped into the ambulance with Saba, they felt safe. They were going to hospital, they would be with doctors who could look after their precious daughter. The public perception of doctors is they will calm you, cure you, heal you. But there are times when the 3531 full time doctors in WA have to deliver bad news as well. And on that Wednesday morning, paediatric neurologist, Dr Simon Williams, had to take on a job for Judas.

He had been on call for both neurology and the Acquired Brain Injury Team when Saba
arrived at PMH. After examining her, he feared the worst. In a small windowless room near ICU, Dr Williams and another doctor and two nurses explained that Saba had suffered multi-organ failure and global brain injury. They didn’t expect her to live. If she did survive, she might never walk or talk again.

It was at that moment Kirst cracked. After two days of silent, private hope, she finally broke down and fell to the floor howling, as Mick and her brother, Adam, tried to comfort her. But soon her sobs of surrender turned to cries of disbelief.

"No, no, no, NO! They won’t take my baby. They won’t take her!"

Even though Mick and Kirst were both distraught, the words "if she does survive" gave them a glimmer of hope.
They were determined to do everything possible to keep Saba alive.

"These people in ICU are amazing," Mick says. "I can’t say enough good things about them, especially Dr Williams. They deal with radical stuff every day and part of what they do is to prepare you for things you may not want to face. But they didn’t realise we are fighters and so is Saba."

And their fragile baby would need to punch above her weight because no matter how much belief Mick and Kirst had in her, only Saba could keep herself alive.

"When they sat us down in that room, Saba was on full life support because the level of drugs she needed to control the seizures were smashing her kidneys and liver," Mick explains.

"When we said we were up for the fight they said, ‘OK, there are three things that are worrying us her kidneys, her liver and her breathing. We can help her kidneys and liver with medication but we can’t make her breathe. She has to do it herself’."

So "Operation Save Saba" began. A decision was made that Saba was never to be left alone in hospital. Never. Ever.

Kirst and Mick alternated night shifts so the other could spend time with Cooper at home, and there was a queue of family and friends who offered to jump in and stay by her bedside.

"A roster was set up by a friend for people to sit with Saba overnight," recalls Kirst. "Everyone agreed. Saba was never to be left alone. In the first few days, all the girls sitting with her would sing, talk or read to try to stimulate her and bring her back to us.

"We felt so loved and supported by family and friends throughout this really lonely, sad, empty, weird time of disbelief."

Soon the walls around her bed were covered in messages of hope and visitors had to wait at reception to see her, such were the numbers who wanted to sing, read or just talk to the silent little girl.

Saba was not only surrounded by love but also by specialists. As well as her doctors in PMH, Mick and Kirst were given clearance from the hospital to invite alternative therapists into the ICU.

"The kids have visited a naturopath and chiropractor since they were born," Kirst says. "So from the third day in ICU, Saba’s acupuncturist, chiropractor and other healers came in and they began working with her. We truly believe this lifted Saba."

On Friday, April 23, Saba showed some strength. She was able to take a few soft breaths in tandem with the breathing machine. It may not have been time to celebrate but three days later there was an excuse to feel good. It was Saba’s first birthday.

"We decorated her rooms with balloons," Kirst recalls. "One of my friends made cupcakes and everyone came in to give her a kiss. We also had a little party with friends at PMH it was a bit of a weird feeling, but we just wanted to celebrate that Saba was still with us.

"My sister, Shannon, asked everyone to make a cardboard heart with a message or a prayer that we could put up all over her room in ICU. This ended up being amazing. People brought all sorts of things to put close to her and it ended up looking like a shrine."

Saba spent 11 days in ICU and almost eight weeks in hospital. She has been back to PMH
11 times in the past year because she continues to suffer seizures and respiratory problems. Three times Mick and Kirst have been forced to call an ambulance to make sure she gets to hospital in time. The longest stretch she has been home is seven weeks.

Saba’s brain injury is from prolonged seizures. She can’t eat by mouth at the moment and it’s not certain whether she will have much movement or be able to talk again. Despite their ordeal, Mick and Kirst continually emphasise theirs is not a sob story but rather a long slow journey.

"We are very positive people," says Mick. "So we just try to surround Saba with lots of love and positive energy. She feeds off that, I can see it when I’m with her. The two things your kids need are love and security. If you give them that, then they’ll do the rest. We’re just trying to do that."

Just after 5.30pm, on Thursday, April 22 _ three days after Saba was rushed to hospital _ then WA Health Minister Kim Hames announced the suspension of the flu vaccination program for children under five. Next day the Federal Government extended the halt across Australia.

An independent inquiry was ordered by the State Government last May. In August, former WA chief medical officer Bryant Stokes handed down his report that found "serious deficiency" in reporting processes and slow responses by both state and federal authorities. Recommendations were made, but not all of them have been followed through.

The TGA dismissed the Stokes report. Its own review failed to identify why there was a spike in febrile convulsions and why the adverse reactions occurred.

CSL, the manufacturer of Fluvax, released a statement last month, which said: "Despite extensive scientific investigations involving Australia’s TGA, the US Food and Drug Administration and other international experts, CSL is yet to establish the root cause of the association between its 2010 Fluvax vaccine and the unexpected increase in febrile reactions. Investigations are continuing."

The Fluvax brand is no longer being used in Australia for vaccinating children under five.

Last week, Saba was back in hospital again. Ward 9a, Room 12. Lying next to her on a single pull-out plastic mattress was her dad. Whenever she’s in PMH, Mick Button does the night shift and then heads off to work in the morning, for Kirst to take over.

Mick reckons he gets some sleep but it’s doubtful. For almost 10 minutes, unbeknown to Mick, I look through the door at father and vacant-eyed daughter. If she dribbles he gets up and wipes her face. If she slips down the bed, he gets up and makes her comfortable again. Even if she’s lying peacefully, he still gets up and nuzzles her face, kisses her cheeks and whispers in her ear, to remind her that she’s NEVER alone. Never, ever. And she never will be.

Source: Perth Now, 7th April 2011.


Yearly Influenza Vaccine Destroys Natural Immunity

A group of children who had cystic fibrosis and received annual influenza vaccines developed lower cross-reactive virus-specific CD8+ T-cell responses than unvaccinated children, according to a study by Rogier Bodewes, DVM, and colleagues from the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam.

The researchers collected blood samples from 14 Dutch children with cystic fibrosis who were vaccinated and from 27 healthy control children who were not vaccinated, and they tested both sets of blood samples for the presence of virus-specific killer T cells.

In unvaccinated children, the number of virus-specific T cells rises with age, whereas such an increase was absent in children vaccinated annually, the researchers said, adding that vaccination appeared to interfere with induction of such killer T cells.

“In unvaccinated children, an age-dependent increase in the frequency of virus-specific CD8 T cells, which was not observed in vaccinated children with [cystic fibrosis], was detected,” the researchers wrote. “It has been demonstrated previously that the majority of influenza A virus-specific CD8 T cells is directed to conserved viral proteins. This indicates that memory CD8 T cells provoked against seasonal influenza A viruses will cross-react with other influenza A viruses, even with those of other subtypes. Thus, vaccinated children with [cystic fibrosis] will develop lower cross-reactive virus-specific CD8 T-cell responses than unvaccinated children.”

The data suggest that although influenza vaccines are effective against seasonal influenza, vaccines could leave patients more vulnerable to novel pandemics, as induction of virus-specific killer T cells caused by childhood influenza infection may reduce morbidity and mortality rates from pandemic influenza viruses.

Referring to the paper in a press release, Bodewes said the findings “highlight the need for the development and use of universal influenza A virus vaccines for children, especially in light of the pandemic threat of avian influenza A/H5N1.”

Nonetheless, Bodewes said efforts to develop such vaccines have for several decades been stymied by the sheer complexity of targeting inner proteins.

Source: Pediatric Supersite, 7th December 2011.

Proof Doctors Don't Care About Your Children: Breaking the Hippocratic Oath By Giving Allergic Children Egg Containing Vaccines

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices updated influenza vaccine recommendations to now include children who are allergic to eggs.

Based on recommendations from the clinical immunization safety assessment hypersensitivity working group of the ACIP, the members voted during the meeting this week to recommend administration of trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine to patients with a history of egg allergy. The recommendation will be included in the ACIP draft guidelines for use of influenza vaccines for the upcoming season.

“What we’re talking about here is giving an influenza vaccine to a patient, typically a child, who has a history of reacting to the ingestion of egg; patients who give convincing histories and for which we have evidence that they are allergic to eggs, and whether or not it’s OK to give them the influenza vaccine,” John Kelso, MD, of Scripps Clinic and the University of California, said. “What we’re not talking about here is evaluating a patient who has actually had a reaction to the influenza vaccine itself or any other vaccine.”

A major consideration of the working group was injecting egg-containing vaccines to those who are allergic to eggs, according to Kelso; however, further analysis of the data revealed no serious reactions in most of the studies.

“It’s likely that there is just not enough ovalbumin in the vaccine to cause a problem,” he said.

Source: Pediatric Supersite, 24th June 2011. http://www.pediatricsupersite.com/view.aspx?rid=85021

Three deaths may have link to flu jab

Three patient deaths have been reported to the State's drugs monitoring agency relating to administration of the swine flu vaccine Pandemrix in the past two years, according to figures obtained by irishealth.com

The deaths occurred in a baby whose mother was given the vaccine, and in two elderly people.

And the Irish Medicines Board (IMB) has told irishhealth.com that 139 deaths were linked to medicines in the top 10 list* (see below) that had the highest number of reported adverse reactions from January 2010 to December 2011.

The IMB has stressed that that three deaths reported to it in patients exposed to Pandemrix does not necessarily indicate a direct link between the vaccine and the deaths.

The Medicines Board says in many cases where patients' deaths were linked to drug or vaccine reactions, the death may have been caused by other factors, such as underlying illnesses or progression of the patients' disease, and many of the patients taking drugs where fatalities were reported were already seriously ill.

However, the Medicines Board cannot state for certain exactly how many of the deaths reported to it among those taking medicines may have been directly linked to a reaction to a particular drug/vaccine.

It says of those fatal reports received in relation to Pandemrix, two of the patients were aged over 80 years and were reported to have had pneumonia.

In the third case, the death reported was of a newborn infant.

Howwever, the IMB said the baby, whose mother had previously been given the Pandemrix vaccine, was seriously ill and had multiple post-birth complications. It said the infant's death was unlikely to have been a direct fatality as a result of an adverse reaction to the vaccine.

The deaths were recorded among 779 reports of adverse reactions to pandemic flu vaccines given to the IMB over the two-year period.

There have been reports of a possible link between Pandemrix and the sleeping disorder narcolepsy in young people.

The IMB said many people who received the H1N1 vaccines had chronic underlying medical conditions which put them at greater risk of developing serious complications.

Source: Irish Health, 29th February 2012.

Effectiveness of vaccine against pandemic influenza A/H1N1 among people with underlying chronic diseases: cohort study, Denmark, 2009-10

Dear Editors,

This detailed study provides solid evidence for not vaccinating high risk patients against influenza H1N1.

One thing is developing and measuring antibodies against influenza virus H1N1, and another thing is to actually obtain clinical benefit after vaccination.

Hundreds of thousands were vaccinated in this Danish study, but hospital admissions due to H1N1 influenza virus did not diminish!

There results come with some interesting legal consequences: no one can actually declare anymore that after vaccination the patient’s overall health is protected.

NHS Trusts, together with other European Health Ministries, will find it extremely difficult to dedicate hundreds of millions of pounds in extended vaccination programs that do not reduce hospitalizations of high risk patients!

Source: BMJ Rapid Response, Stavros Saripanidis, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Private Surgery, Thessaloniki, Greece.


Unclear Effect of Influenza Vaccination in Healthy Adults


At some Danish workplaces, healthy employees are offered an influenza vaccination, although vaccination has not been proven to have a protective effect on healthy adults. This article gives an overview of the effect of influenza vaccination on healthy adults based on the results from the Cochrane review "Vaccines for preventing influenza in healthy adults" and new studies in the field of interest. These studies show a limited effect on influenza, influenza-like illness, lost workdays, physician visits and days of illness.

Source: Ugeskr Laeger. 2012 Mar 26;174(13):859-861

Schoolchildren to be Vaccinated EVERY YEAR for flu despite no evidence it works, another reason to home educate!

Under the plans a new universial vaccination programme could start in the autumn of 2014 with a nasal spray vaccine, called Fluenz, that avoids the use of needles.

Schoolchildren from the age of five would be vaccinated every year. Currently only children with serious long-term illnesses are given the seasonal flu jab.

A panel of independent experts which advises the government believes the move could save lives and stop flu spreading through the general population.

The panel is in the final stages of evaluating research on vaccinating schoolchildren before formally recommending the expansion of the programme.

Source: The Telegraph, 30th May 2012.

10 Deaths Linked to Flu Vaccine

TEN deaths have been linked to the nation's flu immunisation program since the 2009 swine flu pandemic, including elderly patients and unborn babies.

The CSL flu vaccine, Panvax -- which taxpayers spent $131 million stockpiling for the 2009 swine flu outbreak -- triggered 1716 adverse-event reports, including seven deaths.

Source: The Australian, 3rd August 2012.  http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/deaths-linked-to-anti-flu-vaccines/story-e6frg8y6-1226441791947

Woman claims flu shot paralyzed her, forced her out of work

A Windsor woman who blames her paralysis on the flu vaccine says she thinks she should be compensated by the government because she can’t go back to work.

“There’s just so much I can’t do,” Marlene Turkington, 59, said. Though grateful for having come out of it with some mobility, the paralysis has drastically changed her everyday life, she said.

Without her livelihood, she doesn’t know how she and her husband, who is on a disability pension, will cope. Turkington is too young to qualify for a public pension and never earned enough to pay into a disability insurance plan, she said.

One evening last November, Turkington was at work when she felt a strange sensation in her legs. As if they were made of lead, she said. She finished up and went straight home, skipping her errands. In the morning, after taking a few steps to make her bed, her legs stopped working. She was paralyzed from the waist down.

“My legs didn’t move,” said the 59-year-old. “That was the end of it.”

She was hospitalized with what doctors suspected was transverse myelitis – a rare syndrome usually caused by a viral infection or an abnormal immune reaction which causes a section of the spinal cord to become inflamed, affecting the nerves that send signals to the rest of the body.

Turkington, who worked cleaning health clinics, said she had gotten her flu shot about two weeks before and that her doctors did not rule it out as a potential trigger.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, between zero and two cases of transverse myelitis are reported following influenza vaccination each year. In contrast, between 2,000 and 8,000 Canadians are at risk of dying from the flu each year.

A spokeswoman for the agency said there is no scientific evidence establishing a causal link between vaccination and transverse myelitis. She also stressed that the benefits of immunization far outweigh any risks associated with it.

Turkington said she spent three months in hospital and four more in outpatient physiotherapy.

She can’t go back to work because her left leg remained partially paralyzed, so she can’t bend or stretch it. She uses a walker now, can’t stand for long periods of time or lift bulky objects because her back is too weak. She can’t sense heat or cold in her feet and the paralysis has also left her incontinent.

She said her neurologist told her it’s unlikely she will make any further improvements in her strength and mobility.

In a letter to Finance Minister Dwight Duncan this past August, her husband Glenn pleaded with him to help them out.

“The amount of Canadians injured like my wife is miniscule when you look at it objectively,” her husband wrote. “Please do the Honourable thing.”

In his reply, Duncan said he had passed on the Turkingtons’ letter to the provincial Ministry of Health.

Turkington also approached the federal health minister, Leona Aglukkaq, who replied in a letter that any compensation associated with immunization is a provincial responsibility.

Ontario does not have a compensation mechanism for people who are seriously injured as a result of a vaccine. The only province in Canada that does is Quebec. The U.S. and every other G8 country except Russia also have similar compensation mechanisms.

Source: Post Media News, 9th November 2012.  http://o.canada.com/2012/11/09/woman-claims-flu-shot-paralyzed-her-forced-her-out-of-work/

Thousands of Flu Vaccines Recalled in the UK

Regulators have revealed that 160,000 doses of the Novartis vaccine, Agrippal, are being recalled after 'particles' were found in the vials.

A Department of Health spokesman said: "We are aware of the recall of two batches of Agrippal flu vaccine. These vaccines make up a small proportion of the flu vaccines used in the UK. No safety issue for people who have received the vaccine has been indicated and the MHRA and vaccine manufacturer continue to monitor the situation."

An MHRA spokesman said: “We have asked Novartis to issue a precautionary recall of two batches of Agrippal vaccine. The decision was made after the company reported quality defects with the vaccine which do not currently indicate a safety issue for those who received the vaccine. We will continue to closely monitor the situation with Novartis."

Source: The Telegraph, 31st October 2012 - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9645544/Thousand-of-flu-vaccines-recalled.html#disqus_thread

Doctors Complain the Flu Jab is Making them Sick as it is Recalled

The UK drugs regulator has asked Novartis to recall two batches of flu vaccine after the company reported ‘quality defects’.

The move follows a halt on use of Agrippal vaccine by several EU countries including Italy, France and Germany.

A spokesman for the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) told Pulse there were no current safety concerns for anyone who had already received the vaccine but they would continue to monitor the situation.

It means the removal of around 160,000 doses from the supply chain, which the MHRA said would have minimal impact on flu vaccine supplies in the UK, but was a ‘worrying’ development according to GP experts.

An MHRA spokesperson told Pulse: ‘We have asked Novartis to issue a precautionary recall of two batches of Agrippal vaccine.

‘The decision was made after the company reported quality defects with the vaccine which do not currently indicate a safety issue for those who received the vaccine.

‘Patients should not be unduly concerned. The recall is being taken as a precautionary measure.’

In October GPs warned of vaccine shortages after pharmaceutical company Crucell withdrew its vaccines after problematic test results were found with two batches.

The Department of Health came under criticism from GPs for lacking any emergency supplies to help practices who were relying on vaccine supplied from Crucell.

A DH review of flu vaccine procurement carried out last year recommended a central stockpile was needed, but as in previous years, reserves will be built up at the end of the season, the DH said.

This was written in the doctor's magazine, Pulse.  Underneath the article, some doctors wrote that the jabs they were advised to get made them ill:

'So does this mean the vaccine would be ineffective if already given? mmmm had the flu jab begining of Oct and then been laid up with flu for last 3weeks, another strain?'

'Same as first comment, was advised to have as front line staff but have been laid up since and know of others off sick, also I now have headaches and wooziness, will never have again!'

'I had the jab for the first time in 2001 result one week off sick with flu.
Had it for the second time in 2002 result 2½ weeks off with flu.
Maybe an allergy to one of the active ingredients but have not been near it since.
My father has been taking it for 25 years. Two years ago he was supermarket shopping an hour after the jab, collapsed unconscious on the shop floor and was hospitalised overnight. No proof it was the jab but this has never happened before or since. So 24 good years and one bad !'

Source: Pulse, 31st October 2012 - http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/clinical/therapy-areas/immunisation/mhra-recalls-160000-doses-of-flu-vaccine-after-quality-defects/20000712.article#.UJ7Po1GYGuI

Cochrane Review Says No Evidence that Vaccination of Medics Prevents Patient Flu

The Cochrane Review has found that there is insufficient evidence that flu vaccination of medical staff prevents flu in patients and there is also a lack of evidence that wearing a mask prevents transmission of the flu.  See this article for the whole story:


CDC Says You CAN Get Flu from the Flu Vaccine

In the United States, annual vaccination against seasonal influenza is recommended for all persons aged ≥6 months (1). Each season since 2004–05, CDC has estimated the effectiveness of seasonal influenza vaccine to prevent influenza-associated, medically attended acute respiratory infection (ARI). This season, early data from 1,155 children and adults with ARI enrolled during December 3, 2012–January 2, 2013 were used to estimate the overall effectiveness of seasonal influenza vaccine for preventing laboratory-confirmed influenza virus infection associated with medically attended ARI. After adjustment for study site, but not for other factors, the estimated vaccine effectiveness (VE) was 62% (95% confidence intervals [CIs] = 51%–71%). This interim estimate indicates moderate effectiveness, and is similar to a summary VE estimate from a meta-analysis of randomized controlled clinical trial data (2); final estimates likely will differ slightly. As of January 11, 2013, 24 states and New York City were reporting high levels of influenza-like illness, 16 states were reporting moderate levels, five states were reporting low levels, and one state was reporting minimal levels (3). CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices routinely recommend that annual influenza vaccination efforts continue as long as influenza viruses are circulating (1). Persons aged ≥6 months who have not yet been vaccinated this season should be vaccinated. However, these early VE estimates underscore that some vaccinated persons will become infected with influenza; therefore, antiviral medications should be used as recommended for treatment in patients, regardless of vaccination status. In addition, these results highlight the importance of continued efforts to develop more effective vaccines.

Source: CDC,

Early Estimates of Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness — United States, January 2013, MMWR January 18, 2013 / 62(02);32-35.


Testimony from Parents who Lost Their 7 Year Old Daughter After the Flu Shot

See this film:


Risk of narcolepsy in children and young people receiving AS03 adjuvanted pandemic A/H1N1 2009 influenza vaccine: retrospective analysis


Objective To evaluate the risk of narcolepsy in children and adolescents in England targeted for vaccination with ASO3 adjuvanted pandemic A/H1N1 2009 vaccine (Pandemrix) from October 2009.

Design Retrospective analysis. Clinical information and results of sleep tests were extracted from hospital notes between August 2011 and February 2012 and reviewed by an expert panel to confirm the diagnosis. Vaccination and clinical histories were obtained from general practitioners.

Setting Sleep centres and paediatric neurology centres in England.

Participants Children and young people aged 4-18 with onset of narcolepsy from January 2008.

Main outcome measures The odds of vaccination in those with narcolepsy compared with the age matched English population after adjustment for clinical conditions that were indications for vaccination. The incidence of narcolepsy within six months of vaccination compared with the incidence outside this period measured with the self controlled cases series method.

Results Case notes for 245 children and young people were reviewed; 75 had narcolepsy (56 with cataplexy) and onset after 1 January 2008. Eleven had been vaccinated before onset; seven within six months. In those with a diagnosis by July 2011 the odds ratio was 14.4 (95% confidence interval 4.3 to 48.5) for vaccination at any time before onset and 16.2 (3.1 to 84.5) for vaccination within six months before onset. The relative incidence from the self controlled cases series analysis in those with a diagnosis by July 2011 with onset from October 2008 to December 2010 was 9.9 (2.1 to 47.9). The attributable risk was estimated as between 1 in 57 500 and 1 in 52 000 doses.

Conclusion The increased risk of narcolepsy after vaccination with ASO3 adjuvanted pandemic A/H1N1 2009 vaccine indicates a causal association, consistent with findings from Finland. Because of variable delay in diagnosis, however, the risk might be overestimated by more rapid referral of vaccinated children.

Source: BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f794 (Published 26 February 2013).

For the full paper, see: http://www.bmj.com/content/346/bmj.f794

Mother Says Her Son Died Due to Flu Shot

A Brighton High School graduate is dead and his mother believes it’s because of a flu shot.

Lori Webb is beyond grateful to the doctors who tried to save her son, and she said even they can’t agree on what killed 19-year-old Chandler Webb.

She said his health unraveled right after a flu shot.  If that’s what killed him, health officials said it would be a first in Utah.

“You can’t describe how hard it is to lose a child,” Lori Webb said. “I hate that I have to bury my son.”

A month ago, Chandler was his typical happy and healthy self. Gearing up for an LDS mission, he went to a Sandy pediatrician for a physical.

“This was his first flu shot, he never had one before,” Lori Webb said.

Less than 24 hours later, Chandler became violently ill.

“He said he never shook so hard his whole life,” Lori Webb said. “He had the worst headache, throw up.”

On Oct. 23, he ended up at IMC in Murray with a team of six doctors trying to understand why the 19 year old was so ill.

“They checked every virus, every tick, every fungus,” Lori Webb said.

The tests came back negative.  Lori said most of the doctors dismissed the flu vaccine. Only one said it was a possibility. By that point, Chandler’s brain swelled, and he slipped into a coma he would never wake from.

“He was 19, he was so happy,” Lori Webb said. “I hate what he went through in the hospital. when you’re in a coma, you still suffer.”

Doctor Allyn Nakashima is the state epidemiologist and is aware of Chandler’s case. Health officials said, as far they know, there’s never been a death in Utah due to the flu vaccine but Dr. Nakashima said it is possible.

“We certainly have seen associations of encephalitis or encephalitis type illness following flu vaccine,” Nakashima said. “It’s very rare, and we can’t necessarily say there’s a cause and effect here, we can say there’s an association.”

Source: http://fox13now.com/2013/11/22/utah-mother-says-her-son-died-due-to-flu-shot/

Toddler who was given an adult flu shot is left severely brain damaged and unable to walk or talk

A TODDLER taken to the doctor for a child's flu shot was left unable to walk or talk after being given a version of the drug banned for under fives.

Lachlan Neylan suffered severe brain damage, including seizures and swelling of the brain, known as encephalopathy, after a GP accidentally administered the CSL Fluvax shot in March last year.

His parents Stacey and Adrian Neylan said Lachlan's temperature soared and he began having fits within seven hours of ­receiving the injection.

"He just collapsed and started to have seizures," Mr Neylan said. "Doctors said they thought our son wouldn't make it through the weekend. It was terrifying."

Mr Neylan said before the injection their son had been a "walking, talking toddler", but after the injection "he was back to being a three month old; he couldn't sit, walk, or use his arms".

While other flu vaccines are approved for children, Lachlan, was given the ­contraindicated Fluvax, which was banned for children under five in 2010 ­after mass injections triggered febrile ­convulsions in one in every 100 children; 10 times the expected rate.

The family said they were concerned doctors were still using Fluvax on children, despite the ban. A spokesperson for the Department of Health said there had been "43 confirmed notifications of CSL Fluvax being administered to children ­under five years of age in Australia" this year. The GP in question has admitted ­error and the government's adverse events report also admits the error.

"This was a mistake, and the doctor has admitted it, but it is still happening and we don't want anyone else to go through what we have been through," Mr Neylan said.

The Neylan family has moved to Sydney  to  be  close  to the Children's Hospital at Westmead and their rented western Sydney home has been turned into a ­rehabilitation centre for Lachlan, now  three  years  old and learning to crawl again.

The family is frustrated they have to foot the bill for the rehabilitation as they are yet to receive any compensation. The medical insurance company is arguing over damages. "He has a young, developing brain and we have to make the most of that neuroplasticity," Mr Neylan said.

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/toddler-who-was-given-an-adult-flu-shot-is-left-severely-brain-damaged-and-unable-to-walk-or-talk/story-fni0cx12-1226756398505

UK flu study: Many are infected, few are sick - Unvaccinated Have Milder H1N1

British researchers who tested people for influenza antibodies before and after each flu season for 5 years found that an average of 18% of them appeared to have contracted a flu infection each season, but only 23% of that group got sick, according to a report in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

The scientists also found that further tests confirmed flu in only 25% of those whose serologic tests indicated infection, and most of those with confirmed infections didn't seek medical care. The findings were much the same during the 2009 pandemic and non-pandemic flu seasons.

An additional finding of the Flu Watch cohort study, which focused on people who did not receive flu vaccination, was that the pandemic H1N1 (pH1N1) virus caused milder illness than seasonal H3N2 infections.

The authors, led by Andrew C. Hayward, MD, of University College London, say flu cases detected by national surveillance systems represent only the tip of a very large iceberg. "Underestimation of the number of community cases leads to overestimates of severity," they write.

Sources: Abstract Comparative community burden and severity of seasonal and pandemic influenza; results of the Flu Watch cohort study. Lancet Respir Med 2014 Mar 17 (Early online publication).

Lancet press release

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, 18th March 2014.

26 Year Old Newlywed Dies of Flu and Sepsis 4 Weeks Following Work Mandated Flu Jab

A previously healthy 26 year old radiologist who was required to get a flu shot as part of her employment got flu 4 weeks after her injection and within days had developed sepsis.

Sepsis is a very serious whole-body infection brought about by illnesses, vaccinations, surgery and childbirth. It can take time to develop after the initial illness or procedure, but once it takes hold it can kill rapidly.

Cosmopolitan reported:

'Katie McQuestion was seemingly healthy just one week before she passed away from the flu. The 26-year-old newlywed felt symptoms of influenza December 29, but things quickly worsened.  On January 1, she was rushed to the emergency room with a low temperature, high blood pressure, and a high heart rate.

Twelve hours after her hospital admission, doctors told her family it was too late; she had been experiencing sepsis, a life-threatening condition, and her organs were failing. She died January 2, just months after getting married and starting a new chapter of her life.

Kenosha News reports McQuestion had the flu when she died, which led to sepsis and a heart attack. She had gotten a flu shot just a month earlier as a requirement for her job as a radiology technician and was in perfect health.

Source: Cosmopolitan, 15 January 2015.

Vaccinated Radiologist Dies of Flu and Sepsis

Despite the fact that the young woman was vaccinated and the flu and sepsis could have been triggered by the vaccine, the CDC are using her death to encourage people to get vaccinated.

Her case reminds me of the sad case of Mona Stevenson, a tiny newborn (of around the late 19th century, early 20th century) who was vaccinated with smallpox vaccine at 5 weeks of age. The vaccine caused sepsis and ate away at her face and body. After weeks of unimaginable suffering, the poor baby died. Dispicably, the British authorities used a photograph of her vaccine induced infection, said it was smallpox and used it advertising for the smallpox vaccine. They were then taken to court and asked to stop using her picture.

Low effectiveness of seasonal influenza vaccine in preventing laboratory-confirmed influenza in primary care in the United Kingdom: 2014/15 mid–season results

Flu vaccine only has a 3 percent efficacy rate

In 2014/15 the United Kingdom experienced circulation of influenza A(H3N2) with impact in the elderly. Mid-season vaccine effectiveness (VE) shows an adjusted VE of 3.4% (95% CI: −44.8 to 35.5) against primary care consultation with laboratory-confirmed influenza and −2.3% (95% CI: −56.2 to 33.0) for A(H3N2). The low VE reflects mismatch between circulating viruses and the 2014/15 northern hemisphere A(H3N2) vaccine strain. Early use of antivirals for prophylaxis and treatment of vulnerable populations remains important.

We present the 2014/15 mid-season estimates of influenza vaccine effectiveness (VE) for the United Kingdom of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland (UK). This season is dominated by early circulation of influenza A(H3N2) virus, and an overall VE in preventing medically attended laboratory-confirmed influenza in primary care of only 3.4% and against A(H3N2) of −2.3%. This report provides clear evidence of antigenic and genetic mismatch between circulating A(H3N2) viruses and the respective 2014/15 northern hemisphere vaccine strain.

The UK has a long-standing selective influenza immunisation programme targeted at individuals at higher risk of severe disease, in particular all those 65 years and above and under 65-year olds in a clinical risk group, using inactivated trivalent influenza vaccine.....
The current season has led to large numbers of care home outbreaks, often in highly vaccinated populations, hospitalisations and significant excess all-cause mortality in the over 65 year-old population.

Eurosurveillance Edition  2015: Volume 20/ Issue 5 Article 2

Vaccines for preventing influenza in healthy children


Vaccines to prevent influenza in healthy adults

Review question

We evaluated the effect of immunisation with influenza vaccines on preventing influenza A or B infections (efficacy), influenza-like illness (ILI) and its consequences (effectiveness), and determined whether exposure to influenza vaccines is associated with serious or severe harms. The target populations were healthy adults, including pregnant women and newborns.


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. Annually, the World Health Organization estimates which viral strains should be included in the next season's vaccinations.

Inactivated vaccine is prepared by treating influenza viruses with a specific chemical agent that “kills” the virus. Final preparations can contain either the complete viruses (whole vaccine) or the active part of them (split or subunit vaccines). These kind of vaccines are normally intramuscularly administered (parenteral route)

Live attenuated vaccines is prepared by growing the influenza viruses through a series of cell cultures or animal embryos. With each passage, the viruses lose their ability to replicate in human cells but can still stimulate the immune system. Live attenuated vaccine are administered as aerosol in the nostrils (intranasal route).

The virus strains contained in the vaccine are usually those that are expected to circulate in the following epidemic seasons (two type A and one B strains), accordingly to the recommendations of the World Health Organization (seasonal vaccine).

Pandemic vaccine contains only the virus strain that is responsible of the pandemic (i.e. the type A H1N1 for the 2009/2010 pandemic).

Study characteristics

The evidence is current to May 2013. In this update, 90 reports of 116 studies compared the effect of influenza vaccine with placebo or no intervention. Sixty-nine reports were clinical trials (over 70,000 people), 27 were comparative cohort studies (about eight million people) and 20 were case-control studies (nearly 25,000 people). Of the 116 studies, 23 (three case-control and 20 cohort studies) were performed during pregnancy (about 1.6 million mother-child couples).

Key results

The preventive effect of parenteral inactivated influenza vaccine on healthy adults is small: at least 40 people would need vaccination to avoid one ILI case (95% confidence interval (CI) 26 to 128) and 71 people would need vaccination to prevent one case of influenza (95% CI 64 to 80). Vaccination shows no appreciable effect on working days lost or hospitalisation.

The protection against ILI that is given by the administration of inactivated influenza vaccine to pregnant women is uncertain or at least very limited; the effect on their newborns is not statistically significant.

The effectiveness of live aerosol vaccines on healthy adults is similar to inactivated vaccines: 46 people (95% CI 29 to 115) would need immunisation to avoid one ILI case.

The administration of seasonal inactivated influenza vaccine is not associated with the onset of multiple sclerosis, optic neuritis (inflammation of the optic nerve of the eye) or immune thrombocytopaenic purpura (a disease that affects blood platelets). The administration of pandemic monovalent H1N1 inactivated vaccine is not associated with Guillain-Barré syndrome (a disease that affects the nerves of the limbs and body).

Evidence suggests that the administration of both seasonal and 2009 pandemic vaccines during pregnancy has no significant effect on abortion or neonatal death.

Quality of the evidence

The real impact of biases could not be determined for about 70% of the included studies (e.g. insufficient reporting details, very different scores among the items evaluated). About 20% of the included studies (mainly cohorts) had a high risk of bias. Just under 10% had good methodological quality.

Authors' conclusions: 

Influenza vaccines have a very modest effect in reducing influenza symptoms and working days lost in the general population, including pregnant women. No evidence of association between influenza vaccination and serious adverse events was found in the comparative studies considered in the review. This review includes 90 studies, 24 of which (26.7%) were funded totally or partially by industry. Out of the 48 RCTs, 17 were industry-funded (35.4%).

Source: Cochrane Review, 13th March 2014.


Did This Year’s Flu Shot Cause Persistent Arm Pain?

How can you keep from getting the flu? The answer from the CDC has long been “get your flu shot.” When people ask about side effects they are told reactions are rare and mild, disappearing within a day or two.

Starting last year, however, we began receiving complaints from readers who experienced long-lasting severe arm pain after getting their annual influenza vaccine. One nurse sent this message:

“I am an RN who, for many years, have been pooh-poohing the notion that the flu shot can cause flu-like symptoms. The literature tells us that’s not true, right? We even had posters around the hospital stating that was a flu shot myth.

“I was embarrassed and horrified this season that I actually did have those symptoms for about 24 hours, starting the morning after the injection. But I’m writing this to join the ranks of those who have had lasting side effects.

“Since having the vaccination several months ago in my left arm, I have had chronic muscle aching mid-deltoid, moderate weakness and reduced range of motion of my upper arm unlike anything I have ever experienced before. The dull ache became an excruciating pain whenever I took my blood pressure in that arm. I would wince audibly in pain when the automatic cuff reached a certain level of pressure, so I began using my right arm to check my BP.

“The pain still occurs when I periodically test my left arm. Now, having read other complaints on your website, I know that it’s not all in my head. I will make an appointment to see my physician, whose assistant administered my injection.”

Readers Report Pain and Disability Linked to Flu Shot

If we had only received a few reports of pain and disability associated with the influenza vaccine we would not be concerned. After all, some people are allergic to flu shots and react badly. Fortunately, that is a relatively small number of individuals.

We have received hundreds of reports of long-lasting shoulder or arm pain following flu vaccination. We suspect that it may be partially related to the higher dose or the four flu strains being recommended for older people. Here is one such story:

“I try to do my part to stay healthy, so I obediently took the super flu shot for seniors. It is now six weeks later and I am still not sleeping due to the pain in my upper arm and elbow.

“Also, I obediently allowed my local pharmacist to administer the shot. Now my primary doctor refuses to treat my problem because his office did not give me the shot. The drug store has contacted their insurance company to open a file on me. When I tried using a liniment it made the pain worse and kept me awake that night. I don’t know what I can do.”

Here are just a few other messages:

Kathy in Utah reported:

“I got my flu shot on November 17, 2015. My arm is in constant pain. I thought the pain would go away in a couple of days but it hasn’t. I can move my arm but I have to be very careful with it. I feel like I have lost all strength in that arm. It hurts to take my blouse off. I am constantly rubbing my arm. If I lose my balance and go to catch myself it shoots the worst pain down my arm clear to my finger tips.”

Laurie in Oakland, CA became very concerned:

“I’ve been really worried that I had bone cancer or something. I got pain that never left after my flu shot in October, 2015. My arm still hurts and when I take off a sweater it really hurts. I finally decided to check to see if anyone else had an adverse reaction to the flu shot. Frankly, I’m glad to know that I was right; it was because of the flu shot and it’s not something way more more serious like cancer. That said, this is a major drag.”

Pat shares this tale of woe:

On December 4, 2015 I got a flu shot. I never had problems before. The nurse put the shot high in the shoulder. The shot itself didn’t hurt but within 2 hours my arm began throbbing. The pain has steadily increased involving the shoulder, upper arm, scapula, and upper back.

“I’ve tried laser therapy, a round of anti-inflammatory medicine, and I am getting ready to start physical therapy. The pain has been horrible; I can’t sleep in any position without waking up. I can’t raise left arm without pain; I can barely pick up my purse. I am very active and this is driving me crazy because I can’t do any activity without pain. I am trying to maintain my range of motion, but it is very painful and hard. I want to know how long this is going to continue and if it’s ever going away.”

What the CDC says:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mentions some “minor” short-lasting side effects such as soreness, redness or swelling where the shot was given, low-grade fever and aches. Judging from reports at PeoplesPharmacy.com many people have had longer-lasting, more severe reactions in the past couple of years. Even health professionals have experienced severe disability from the flu shot. Here is a nurse’s story.

We encourage anyone who has experienced a serious problem with the flu shot to report it to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). The CDC and the FDA maintain it jointly. Find it online at vaers.hhs.gov. Fax a completed form to (877) 721-0366 or mail the form to VAERS, P.O. Box 1100, Rockville, MD 20849-1100.

There is also a program to compensate people who have been injured by vaccinations. The VICP (National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program) can be reached by phone (800-338-2382) or online: http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/index.html

Source: The People's Pharmacy, 8th February 2016.

The People's Pharmacy

Single mother-of-three paralysed from the face down after getting free flu injection at the hospital where she worked

A single mother-of-three became fully paralysed after getting a free flu injection at work.

Kathy Watson-Jones, a hospital clerk from Greensborough in northeast Melbourne, received the vaccination on April 23 and that evening her legs started shaking and feeling like jelly.

By lunchtime the next day Ms Watson-Jones was paralysed from the face down.

The 45-year-old was rushed to hospital and after a day of tests doctors told her she had contracted the incredibly rare Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) – a disorder that causes the immune system to attack the nervous system resulting in paralysis.

‘I thought I was going to die,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

‘It was just so scary and quick.

She is now confined to a wheelchair after contracting the incredibly rare Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)

‘I had no idea what was happening and I’d never heard of this virus.’

Doctors told her that GBS can be triggered by the flu injection but said it was incredibly uncommon.

Federal Health Department figures show that 16 cases GBS have been reported to the Therapeutic Good Authority in relation to the flu injection in the past five years.

Ms Watson-Jones had never had the flu jab before but said she was advised to get it at her workplace at Northpark Private Hospital.

‘I just happened to be at work the day they were doing them,’ she said.

‘I work in the maternity ward and someone said ‘You work around kids you should have one.’

‘I thought I’d get a cold at worst, nothing like this.’

Ms Watson-Jones spent three weeks in the acute neurological ward have routine tests on her breathing and other functions.

‘When my face got paralysed had trouble eating and talking and I couldn’t cough,’ he said.

She said it was hard for her three daughters Shannon, 13, Jamie, 12, and Zoe, 10, to see their mother in such a state.

‘It’s pretty horrible, I’ve always been there and now I’m not,’ she said.

‘They’re managing very well.’

Ms Watson-Jones says she is lucky her condition ‘plateaued’ and she is slowly regaining feeling in her face and hands, but she is now confined to a wheelchair.

My face is much better than what it was, I can smile and close my eyes now which I couldn’t do,’ she said.

‘I can’t stand. I move can move my hands a bit but I can’t use my fingers or make a fist.’

Ms Watson-Jones is hoping that like 80 per cent of GBS sufferers she will make a full recovery.

Woman ends up in wheelchair after getting the flu jab (Related)

Ten per cent still have a small deficit and 10 per cent are left with more than that, we won’t really know,’ she said.

Now Ms Watson-Jones, who must spend the next three months at the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Hospital in Kew, is undergoing hydrotherapy three times a week and physiotherapy and occupational therapy five times a week.

The local tennis club where she and her daughters are members – Norris Bank Tennis Club in Bundoora– are holding a fundraiser on Saturday and friends have started a GoFundMe page to help her raise money for medical costs.

Her three children are staying with her friend Sheridyn Moffat, who takes them to school and sports.

Ms Watson-Jones’ parents visit her every day and her friends have a roster system to come feed her dinner each night.

She said she was overwhelmed by the support she was receiving from her family and friends.

‘If it wasn’t for my family and friends I don’t know where I’d be.’

Source: Health Facts Concern, 1st February 2016.

A flu shot is blamed for paralyzing Marysue Grivna; the 12-year-old needs a room of her own

Like most little girls, Marysue Grivna has her dolls tucked in underneath her arms as she sleeps.

Elsa from Frozen is on one side and other beloved stuff animals crowd under her other arm.

This where the similarity to other 12-year-old girls, or most anyway, ends.

Marysue is in a hospital bed that is set up adjacent to her family's front window.  Through the blinds she can see other neighborhood children running, playing, screaming and having fun.

Marysue used to be among those children.

"Marysue went from being a normal 9-year-old to basically a newborn child," explained Carla Grivna, the little girl's mother.

For Carla and Steven Grivna they hold on to the memories of Marysue speaking two languages, her helping them in the kitchen and her love for playing outside.

"Yeah," replies Marysue, when her mothers asks if she used to help her make deviled eggs for Christmas.

Marysue can now speak just 10 words including mommy and daddy.

"The few words you have heard her say she has had to work hard to do," her mother explained.

Marysue is also paralyzed.  She is now fed through a tube and wears a diaper.

On November 20, 2013, Marysue's parents took her to the doctor where she received her annual flu shot.

She would spend the next five days playing with children in the neighborhood. 

She was on break from school for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Her mother recalls putting her to bed on the night of November 25, 2013, and then checking on her right before she turned in for the night.

It was typical of Marysue to awake by 7 a.m. and then go into wake her parents up.  Marysue had been diagnosed with ADD and would go into her parent's room in order to get her medicine.

On the morning of November 26, 2013, she never made it to her parent's bedroom.

When her mother finally awoke, she was alarmed that Marysue had broken her routine.  Carla Grivna walked into her daughter's room to check on her.

Her daughter was not responding to her calls to wake up, so Carla lightly nudged her. 

Still there was no response despite Marysue's eyes being open.

"The look on her face was like help me, like she was scared but she couldn't respond to me," Carla recalled.

Startled, Carla yelled out to her husband Steve.

"Called 911 and our lives changed," Carla said.

An advanced life support ambulance would transport Marysue to St. Joseph's Hospital.

On the way, she suffered a seizure, according to her mother.

Once at the hospital, Marysue suffered another seizure.

Marysue was now on life support and in the intensive care unit.

"I saw her in the ICU after they got her totally set up, the only way I knew that she knew that we were there was her breathing changing," Carla recalled.

Marysue would spend the next three months hospitalized.

Samples of her blood and urine were sent of to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

Infectious disease specialist would also run specialized.

Then, nurses and doctors told the Grivna's to prepare to say goodbye to their only child.  They didn't believe Marysue would live to see Christmas.

She did.

"If I'd have lost my daughter it would have been the end of me and I think my husband also," Carla said.

Doctors would eventually diagnose Maryse with acute disseminated encephylomyelitis or ADEM, a white brain matter disease that impacts eight out of 1,000,000 people a year.

ADEM is a  rare autoimmune disease marked by a sudden, widespread attack of inflammation in the brain and spinal cord. It also causes the brain and spinal cord to become inflamed. ADEM also attacks the nerves of the central nervous system and damages their myelin insulation, which, as a result, destroys white matter. It is often triggered after a person has had a viral infection or has received a vaccine.

Medical researchers say ADEM has an abrupt onset and symptoms usually exhibit one to three weeks after an infection or a vaccination.

Major symptoms include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, confusion, coma, seizure and vision impairment.

While doctor cannot definitively say the flu vaccine caused Marysue's ADEM, it is highly suspect, her mom says.

"Mentally she is all there, she understands everything you say to her," her mom explained.

According to doctors, full recovery is seen in 50 to 75% of cases with increase in survival rates up to 70 to 90% including minor residual disability.

Changing diapers, changing her feeding tube and helping Marysue drink out of a sippy cup all comes amid her parents trying to work.

Marysue's mom works at a call center Monday thru Friday.

Since her illness, Marysue's father has become her primary caretaker.

Marysue is taken to a rehab facility Monday thru Saturday where she can be under the watchful eye of nurses.

Her parents refuse to put her in a long-term rehabilitation facility.

"I'd rather die taking care of her," Carla said.

The Grivna's are trying to raise funds to build Marysue an accessible bedroom and bathroom.

Source: ABC Action News, 8th February 2016.

12 Year Old Paralysed by Flu Shot

8 Year Old Vaccinated Girl Dies of Flu

8 Year Old Mackenzie Coyne of Park City died Sunday shortly after testing positive for influenza A. Her family said it progressed quickly over the weekend, even though she had a flu shot. Now the community is coming together for her family to help.

She celebrated her birthday last Friday when she told her dad she was a little under the weather. On Saturday her family urged her to rest and she did get sick once. They assumed she was sick like most kids get. By Sunday they noticed something was wrong and took her to the urgent care where she tested positive for influenza A.

Family friend Carrie Prater said that an ambulance rushed her to the hospital 20 minutes later, but things deteriorated fast. Shortly after arriving she was gone even though doctors tried to revive her.

"Literally went from bad to worse to she was gone." said Prater. "It's very unreal at this point."

Utah Department of Health said there are tests they still need to run before they will confirm if the flu was directly related to her death. Her family was told by doctors that she could have had a secondary infection that caused her major problems, but the flu could have weakened her immune system.

Source: Good 4 Utah, 17 February 2016.

8 Year Old Girl Dies of Flu even though She had the Shot

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