Thursday, 1 October 2009

DEBUNKED: "Swine Flu Vaccine Myths 'Busted' by Experts"

This is a response to a news item that appeared to "bust myths" about the potential dangers of the swine flu vaccine. It is a copy of a letter written to the author of the original article:
Swine Flu Vaccine Myths 'Busted' by Experts

Mr Miller,

Although well intentioned I think you should ask the Professors cited in your article a few questions. They should be able to set things straight. A few basic questions:

1. Does the CSL vaccine use dangerous nano-particles such as tried by European manufacturers ?

2. Are the Professor's aware that the mercury preservative Thimerosal has been linked to autism in a recent scientific paper ? The problem with the long term "safe use" record of thimerosal is that the effects we are seeing are very subtle. Modern researchers are only now joining the dots. If one accepts the implications of this study then giving the vaccine to pregnant women and young children would be unwise.

3. Are they aware that the US State of Washington has suspended mercury limits for vaccines given to pregnant women and infants ?:

4. Have they questioned why it is necessary to use thimerosal at all when you can use an alcohol based preservative in its place?:

5. Do you (Nick Miller) know that in 1979 there were 300 claims of GBS [Guillain-Barre Syndrome] related deaths from the 1976 vaccine ? If I am not mistaken more than 4000 people were seriously ill from these shots. The sad part about this whole episode is that only one death was reported as resulting from the 1976 swine flu itself.
I think you should watch this 60 minutes documentary on the 1976 Swine Flu fiasco before asking the Professors how harmful they think the 1976 vaccine really was:
Part 1:
Part 2:

Don't get me wrong, I'm not 100% against vaccines, but the material you have presented, with the reference to thimerosal, and the claim that Swine flu is dangerous- without having this claim juxtaposed to the common flu- does not give me confidence. What is the estimated death rate from swine flu verses the common influenza ? I'm sure you will appreciate that there is no comparative analysis here and no data on how the flu is "dangerous in young people and pregnant women".

While early on there have been swine flu cases admitted to intensive care units, and deaths, the flu otherwise has been fairly mild. At this time I will wait and see if there are any reactions from the vaccine before considering it for myself.

This is an important issue, especially for young kids and unborn children. Please do more research into this matter.

Thanks for your attention


[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 1st, 2009.]

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