Monday, December 21, 2009
Would the very suggestion that vaccinations are harmful incite anger inside of you, causing you to dismiss this article as hogwash? If vaccinations are truly the silver bullet against deadly diseases, and their safety is indeed based upon concrete science, then there should be no fear as to investigating the matter further.
Read more below.
Why then, is mainstream media along with many medical establishments refusing to discuss the science behind vaccinating to a proficient degree?
You could argue that it’s “so stupid that they don’t want to waste their time on it”, but if that were the case then why are so many doctors exposing the health hazards of vaccines? Even if it so so stupid that it made absolutely no sense, wouldn’t the mainstream media pick it up to get higher ratings?
Wouldn’t the “loonies” bring some viewers to their station, to laugh at their “insanity”...?
Friday, December 18, 2009
When I began handing them out I was physically pushed around by my principal, this didn’t stop me from handing out many more flyers to the waiting students, some of which changed their mind and began to leave the line. After being threatened with arrest and removal from school property, I went back to class.
When I was dismissed at 1:30 I ran back to the clinic. After being physical blocked by a public health official I slid under her arm and began peacefully offering nurses more information. This is when my science teacher Scott Wermerskirchen Assaulted me by pushing, bumping, grabbing, and aggressively ‘bearhugging’ me in an attempt to get my video camera.
The whole altercation was captured on multiple security cameras and seen by over 20 witnesses. The school is refusing to release any video footage, and has not taken action against this teacher. However, the punishment for handing out flyers was a 2 day out of school suspension which was issued to me. This is ludicrous unjust and downright fascist.
Contact the school with your opinions
Every student in this film has given me WRITTEN CONSENT to film and broadcast them, although I did not operate the camera, I therefore avoided breaking any rules...
It’s a simple fact--kids don’t like vaccinations – even when they can get them in a spray.
Their parents, like Leslie Ethridge however, are often eager to get their kids protected, “Your children get 20 some odd inoculations, this is just another one, so if it’s available you should get the shot.”
But when Detroit schools – both public and private-- sent home permission slips for students to get H1N1 vaccine at school, the return rate was only about ten percent.
Dr. Walter Davis, Detroit Pandemic Flu Coordinator, told us, “talking to principals and some parents we find that a lot of them are never receiving consent forms.”
The Detroit Health Department has already been working especially hard to get the vaccine into the community.
For instance, today parents attending the Christmas program at the Foreign Language Immersion School on Outer Drive had the chance to get shots for themselves and their children before or after the program....
If one chooses to believe the hype about H1N1 then he/she should be quite worried about the reasons given for the recall – that it is not potent enough. The fact that the company who manufactures the vaccine is Sanofi-Pasteur is also significant because Sanofi-Pasteur made a similar mistake with the H5N1 vaccine in 2006. At the time, H5N1 was the virus that was supposed to kill us all. It seems that the lack of potency issue is a recurring theme with this particular company demonstrating, at best, a dangerous level of incompetence...
Federal health officials Tuesday recalled 800,000 doses of an H1N1 vaccine geared for young children, affecting 900 doses used by Santa Clara County, and an unknown number used by other valley health care providers such as Kaiser Permanente.
The recall is for the shots used for children ages 6 months to 3 years old, made by Sanofi Pasteur, which did a quality control test and found some of the vaccine doses weren't strong enough.
Santa Clara County used those particular doses at free clinics held at the county fairgrounds Dec. 6 and 12, and at the California Children's Services clinic on Empey Way in San Jose. Kaiser also received some of the recalled doses.
Santa Clara County's top health officer saysthe recall is nothing to be worried about and children don't need to be revaccinated...
"The H1N1 outbreak ... vividly demonstrated the existing gaps in public health preparedness. Decades of chronic underfunding of public health meant that many of the core systems that would have been invaluable to have in place during an emergency were not at-the ready when H1N1 emerged," the document asserts.
From fiscal years 2008 and 2009, 27 states "disproportionately" cut their public health budgets in response to the economic crisis, says the report, "Ready or Not? Protecting the Public's Health from Disease, Disasters and Bioterrorism."
"Federal funding for public health emergency preparedness and hospital preparedness has declined 27 percent since [fiscal] 2005 when adjusted for inflation. While additional funding has been provided to respond to emergencies, this is less effective than ongoing support for preparedness," states the document prepared by the Trust for America's Health, a nonpartisan think tank, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Most states have failed to develop plans for accommodating the massive influx of hospital patients that could follow a biological attack, the report concludes (see GSN, Jan. 29). In addition, the nation lacks a "federal clearinghouse to share information on best practices for planning and development of crisis standards of care."
"This prevents the virus from even getting into the cell," said Stephen Elledge of Harvard Medical School and a Howard Hughes Investigator at Brigham & Women's Hospital.
"It is out there fighting the flu all of the time," Elledge said in a telephone interview.
Elledge and colleagues used a new research technique called RNA interference in which they systematically turned off individual genes and then exposed cells to the flu virus.
Using this method, they discovered a small family of flu-fighting proteins called interferon-indicible transmembrane proteins that boost the body's natural resistance to viral infection.
"If you get rid of it (the protein), the virus can replicate 5 to 10 times faster. What that means is your cells have a mechanism that can block 80 to 90 percent of the virus that gets in," Elledge said.
They also showed that if they make the cell overproduce the protein, they become more resistant to the flu. "If you crank it up, it really shuts down the flu," he said...
The previously scheduled delivery across the heavily armed border came a day after North Korea threatened retaliation over what it claimed were South Korean naval drills around their disputed sea border, accusing Seoul of attempting to escalate tension.
The shipment marks the South Korean government's first humanitarian aid since conservative President Lee Myung-bak took office in early 2008 with a pledge to pursue a hard-line policy toward the North and hold it accountable to its nuclear disarmament pledges.
North Korea acknowledged for the first time last week that swine flu had broken out in the country after Seoul offered unconditional aid to help contain its spread. The North did not mention any virus-related deaths, but a Seoul-based civic group claimed that the disease had killed about 50 people in the North since early November.
Walgreen, which operates Walgreens drugstores and Take Care clinics, is already offering the H1N1 vaccine at more than 1,500 locations in 27 U.S. states and Washington D.C. Rival CVS Caremark Corp is offering vaccinations against H1N1, or swine flu, in 20 states and Washington D.C. Administering more H1N1 vaccinations could be "very constructive," particularly for Walgreen, said Pali Capital analyst Robert Summers, who follows the drugstore industry.
"There's really only upside. It's probably just a matter of magnitude," Summers said. "You can take customers away from other operators with this type of initiative."
Walgreen has more than 17,000 workers approved to administer vaccinations. For now, it is only immunizing in less than 25 percent of its more than 7,140 stores...
In September, only 40 percent of parents said they would get their children vaccinated with the experimental drug. Among parents who do not plan to get their children vaccinated about half are worried about possible side effects of the vaccine.
“Vaccinations are the best way to protect our children from the H1N1 flu,” Parkinson declares in the PSA. “I say that not just as a Governor, but as a parent. The Department of Health and Human Services has done a great job of making H1N1 vaccines available throughout Kansas, but now it’s up to us to make sure our kids are vaccinated.”
Neither Parkinson or the animated character mention the fact the Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline vaccines are experimental and were not approved by the FDA. Earlier this year, the U.S. and Canada skipped all of the normally required safety and efficacy procedures and allowed for the massive testing of the novel adjuvant vaccine on thousands of paid clinical trial participants.
Numerous doctors have warned about the dangers of the H1N1 vaccination. In late September, Dr. Kent Holtorf told Fox News the vaccine would contain high levels of the adjuvant squalene and he advised against taking it. In August, investigative journalist Wayne Madsen told Russia Today scientists involved in creating previous vaccinations told family and friends not to take the H1N1 vaccine...
There is no safety concern and children vaccinated from the lots already will not need to be re-vaccinated, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
The affected vaccines are pre-filled syringes for children under age 3, the CDC said in a message to state and local health officers, public information officers and doctors' groups. A CDC spokesman said about 800,000 doses of vaccine from the lots had been distributed to providers.
The CDC said the four lots were discovered as part of a quality assurance testing program and that the company had also notified the U.S. Food and Drug Administration....
Dr. Anne Schuchat, a CDC flu expert, stressed that parents don't need to do anything or to worry if their child got one — or even two — of the recalled shots. The vaccine is safe and effective, she said.
The issue is the vaccine's strength. Tests done before the shots were shipped showed that the vaccines were strong enough. But tests done weeks later indicated the strength had fallen slightly below required levels.
Why the potency dropped isn't clear. "That's the $64,000 question," said Len Lavenda, a Sanofi Pasteur spokesman....
Girl, two, died of suspected swine flu 24 hours after hospital doctors said she 'had no illness' and sent her home
Her mother Uthpala, 27, who lives with husband Rashid and their son Marlon, four, in Bristol, said Michelle would still be alive if she had not been sent home.
'We trusted the doctors but we don't any more,' she said yesterday. 'When Rashid took her to hospital, the doctors told him she had no illness.'Even when my husband explained I had swine flu, they didn't take it seriously.'
Michelle was taken to Bristol Children's Hospital after she stopped eating and was very weak.
Her parents claim doctors did not carry out a blood test or X-ray before sending her home, where her condition worsened.
Her parents were due to receive a report today, which will reveal if swine flu killed her.
They have made an official complaint. Health chiefs in Bristol said an inquiry has started....
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Samantha Millard, 18, was told she had the virus after describing her symptoms to staff with no medical training.
She took just three pills before developing blisters all over her body, and was today in intensive care unable to breathe on her own.
She is being treated at a specialist burns unit at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital where doctors fear she may have the life-threatening Stevens-Johnson syndrome which causes the skin to peel off.
The syndrome affects just three in a million people and is usually triggered by an adverse reaction to medication. The mortality rate is around 15 per cent.
Victims develop terrible scarring all over their bodies and well as severe conjunctivitis which can lead to blindness and mouth infections which can stop them eating....
At least 300,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered to date, but no serious safety issues have yet been identified, according to the Irish Medicines Board (IMB).
The most frequent adverse reactions have been fever, nausea, headache and allergic effects. These reports are consistent with the expected pattern of adverse reactions for the vaccines, according to the board.
The two versions of the vaccine – GlaxoSmithKline’s Pandemrix and Baxter’s Celvapan vaccine – have attracted similar numbers of suspected adverse reactions. The IMB says the balance of risks and benefits for both vaccines remain positive.
The general pattern of adverse reactions in Ireland is reflected across Europe where some 10 million people have been vaccinated against swine flu, according to the European Medicines Agency....
Meanwhile, pharmaceutical profits from swine-flu-related drugs have soared – with earnings between $10 billion and $15 billion in 2009, investment bank JPMorgan estimates.
As WND reported, WHO Director General Margaret Chan initially raised the influenza pandemic alert to its second-highest level in May – but evidence reveals the agency may have made it easier to classify the flu outbreak as a pandemic by changing its definition to omit "enormous numbers of deaths and illness" just prior to making its declaration.
The world was gripped with fears of swine flu as the alert increased from Phase 5 to Phase 6, the highest level. Immediately, pharmaceutical companies began working to develop vaccines, and countries tailored their responses to address the situation....
The public service announcements target children and their parents, young adults and those in high-risk groups, such as people with asthma. The ads in English and Spanish come as a shortage of the vaccine is easing, with another 10 million doses expected to become available this week. The messages also are a shift from earlier efforts to teach Americans how to avoid spreading the illness, known also as H1N1.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was announcing the new ads Monday.
"Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and your family against the H1N1 flu virus," Sebelius said. "Fighting the flu is a shared responsibility and it is up to all of us to help prevent the spread of the flu in your community"...
PS:How do you like this "new" propaganda by Bilderberger-abortion lover-eugenist-Sebelius....?
State schools chief Jack O'Connell on Friday announced that California has bought 23 million disposable masks and gloves for distribution to school districts around the state.
Children with symptoms of the H1N1 flu will be asked to wear a surgical mask while they are examined or kept in a sick room until their parents can arrive to take them home. The school nurse or other school staffer will wear a different style of mask and gloves to avoid exposure.
Federal grants paid for the items.
State health officials say there have been more than 7,200 cases of swine flu reported this year, including 366 deaths...
Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore announced Wednesday that the two patients were treated there and have been discharged.
The hospital says the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Maryland health officials confirmed the patients had a drug-resistant form of the virus.
Last month, health officials in North Carolina announced four patients at a one hospital tested positive for Tamiflu-resistant swine flu, the biggest cluster seen in the U.S.
Tamiflu is one of two common swine flu treatments, and health officials have been watching for signs of resistance to the drugs. More than 50 resistant cases have been reported since April, including 21 in the U.S.
Investigations to date showed that the resistant-form of swine flu was not transmitted outside of two hospital wards in Wales and North Carolina where they emerged in October and November, the WHO said in statement issued overnight.
A total of a dozen patients, all with severely suppressed immune systems due to underlying medical conditions, were infected with H1N1 viruses resistant to oseltamivir, the generic name for Roche's Tamiflu.
"Transmission of resistant virus from one patient to another is suspected in both outbreaks," the WHO said.
"No illness in staff caring for these patients has been detected, suggesting that the resistant virus does not spread easily to otherwise healthy people, especially when good measures for infection control are in place."
All 8 patients in Wales were hospitalized because of severe blood disorders, which severely weakened their immune systems, according to the United Nations agency. All are alive, including one being treated in intensive care...
Swine flu numbers ease off:Levels still surpass peak of a regular flu season, and officials predict new surge then
"We're pleased that we seem to be on the back end of a wave of illness," said Dr. Roger Ray, chief medical officer for Carolinas HealthCare System.
"But we don't want to give any sense that the risk is over. ... The typical flu season, January and February, is coming, and that could be rough."
Health officials continue to encourage people to get vaccinated against both H1N1 and the seasonal flu. Limited supplies of swine flu vaccine mean doses are being reserved for people at high risk for becoming seriously ill with the flu.
"We want people to continue getting vaccinated, assuming we have vaccine," said Dr. Stephen Keener, medical director of the Mecklenburg County Health Department...
A transcript of the conference shows that the Medical Officer of the Global Influenza Programme, Dr. Nikki Shindo, is pushing antivirals while providing multiple levels of disinformation and failing to provide specific information relating to sequencing data which could expose even small changes of a mutated H1N1 strain....
Norway reported finding a mutated virus in three people who died or were severely ill. The mutation allowed the virus to grow deeper in the lungs.The mutation (called D222G) allows the virus to bind to receptors on cells lining the lungs, which are slightly different from those in the nose and throat.
Virologist Dmitri Tarasov stated "it is likely the exact same strain seen in fatal cases in the Ukraine, which means we can expect a similar case fatality rate in Norway, unless its replication rate has increased."
Tarasov suggested that the number of Ukraine fatalities have been grossly miscalculated by the World Health Organization (WHO). "The number of deaths simply do not correlate statistically with the infection rates observed."
The pneumonic plague observed in the Ukraine was quoted by some experts as being a new strain of flu many times more lethal than H1N1.
A recent calculation presented possible scenarios if the same mutated virus found in the Ukraine were to spread to Norway and other countries...
The numbers of cases from the latest update from Ukraine total 910, 640 hospitalized and Influenza cases (including acute respiratory illess). A total of 135 people have die according to official statistics.
More than half of the Oblasts and cities listed exceed the epidemic threshold, including Kiev and Kiev Oblast, raising concerns that the increase in case numbers will accelerate. Moreover, hospitalization of 39,603 raises concerns that the number of deaths will also accelerate.
Although the WHO has suggested that these alarming numbers may reflect sub-standard medical and housing conditions, the transmission rates suggest something far more alarming.
However, because the virus already has demonstrated an ability to cause fatal infections in a disproportionate number of children and previously healthy adults, small changes in the virus could lead to increases in viral load leading to an increase in cytokine storm frequency and hemorrhagic pneumonia, as reported for earlier cases.
The first deputy minister of Health in Ukraine said in a statement that they have a different H1N1 swine flu than the rest of the world, but no confirmed evidence has been released from the WHO....
The other thing people wonder about is why does this sign show in that area but the Jones County department does not cover that area. That is a minor issue. The real issue is what are they warning against? If they wanted to warn against swine flu they would of used H1N1.
In the sign business a sign like that will cost a few dollars to make and the space rented to put up the sign will also cost a few decent dollars so the excuse cant be that the design looks like that, either they are uneducated or they want to hype and drive fear in people.
Why are they showing a evacuation sign? Do they want people to be prepared to "evacuate"...?
Trail leading to Pneumonic plague in Ukraine involved "chemtrails" or mysterious spray, fears of vaccine
“JNLWD's [US Department of Defense's Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate] secret program is not focusing on highly lethal agents such as VX or sarin. Rather, the emphasis is on "non-lethal" chemical weapons that incapacitate. JNLWD's science advisors define "non-lethal" as resulting in death or permanent injury in 1 in 100 victims.(1) JNLWD's Research Director told a US military magazine "We need something besides tear gas, like calmatives, anesthetic agents, that would put people to sleep or in a good mood." These weapons are intended for use against "potentially hostile civilians", in anti-terrorism operations, counterinsurgency, and other military operations.
The major focus of JNLWD's operation is on the use of drugs as weapons, particularly so-called "calmatives", a military term for mind-altering or sleep inducing chemical weapons.”
March 26 it was reported that Vaccine side effects scare grips Ukraine as thousands of Ukrainians refused the vaccinations being scared of diseases like diphtheria, mumps, polio, hepatitis B, tuberculosis, whooping cough among others.
Then the Health officials said that the fear of getting these vaccinations could lead to disease outbreaks spreading through out the Soviet republic and beyond. Health officials around the world then said they are struggling with the repercussions of the vaccination fears as they were unwarrented and dangerous...
The Agency asserts that "the head physician of the medical institutions has sent out an informal disposal - not to sow panic, to refute the information about the plague, and to speak only of swine influenza".
It is also required to distribute masks at health facilities with 8 levels of protection and anti-plague protection costumes. There is also an informal order not to allow any visitors to see the patients.
According to the "Fraza" agency, "today in Ukraine pneumonic plague is going in parallel with swine flu. The plague has killed over 60 people, and about 14 from the flu.
Meanwhile, the press service of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine reported that there is only one death from "California" virus A/N1N1 in Ukraine....
The World Health Organisation has sent an emergency team to monitor the epidemic and says it assumes most of the illness in the country has been caused by H1N1 swine flu.
The Ukrainian government has closed schools and universities for three weeks, and many public events have been banned.
President Viktor Yushchenko said experts fear the simultaneous existence of three types of flu viruses within the country "may lead to the emergence of an even more aggressive new virus".
The WHO team of nine experts dispatched samples from infected patients for examination at the World Influenza Centre at Mill Hill, in London.
"Many questions remain to be answered," the organisation said in a statement.
"The outbreak in Ukraine may be indicative of how the virus can behave in the northern hemisphere during the winter season, particularly in health care settings typically found in Eastern Europe."
The epidemic is concentrated in the west of the country, which has borders with four European Union states, but a growing number of cases are being reported in the capital Kiev.
The European Union is working closely with health experts in Ukraine, and member states are preparing to provide logistical and medical support if required...
Starting Tuesday, the Tennessee counties of Memphis and Shelby will begin administering H1N1 vaccine to everyone who wants it, joining several other municipalities across the country that have already opened access or are considering doing so.
“I get the sense that more areas are starting to vaccinate outside the priority groups,” said Tom Skinner, a spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Skinner said federal officials have been clear in their desire to have priority groups, such as pregnant women and children, vaccinated first....
Most people have figured out by now that we can trust the WHO as much as we can trust a baby to not spill milk. They have consistently used scientific fraud to conduct their policies on the H1N1 pandemic. Now, they are consistently downplaying what appears to be a virulent mutated or recombined H1N1 strain at least ten times the lethality of the swine flu observed earlier this year.
The agency recently reaffirmed its position that the pandemic vaccine is as safe as the seasonal flu vaccine. Meanwhile a surge of deaths in Canada and Japan and severe side-effects have been reported from the vaccine.
The World Health Organization said last week that the H1N1 vaccine had been completely cleared of blame for 41 deaths which health authorities worldwide had investigated after suspicions they might have been caused by the inoculation...
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Companies from health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc. to beverage can maker Ball Corp. are arranging for employees with flu symptoms or sick family members to work from home where possible, holding fewer in-person meetings, even discouraging handshakes. And hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes and tissues are at the ready everywhere as employers make keeping workers healthy their first line of defense....
Swine flu was widespread in only 14 states last week — mostly in the Northeast. That's down from 25 states the week before and 48 in late October. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the new data Friday.
CDC officials said a shortage of swine flu vaccine is easing, with 85 million doses now available. About 98 percent of lab-confirmed influenza cases last week were swine flu, but the CDC also noted seasonal flu is increasing slightly.
The regular flu usually peaks in the winter.
On the Net:
The CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/update.htm
Friday, December 11, 2009
A well-known surgeon, Dr. Mahmud al-Haddad, 35, was the fourth in two days to die of the A(H1N1) virus after the first cases were confirmed on Sunday, according to a Gaza medical official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Medics have so far confirmed 19 out of 40 suspected cases of the disease, the official said. Haddad was among four patients who were transferred to Israel for treatment on Monday.
"The health situation is in a state of emergency in medical centres and hospitals in Gaza, and our doctors are working around the clock despite the strict siege and the lack of medical necessities," the official said....
Picture Left:A Palestinian doctor checks an X-ray at the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City.(AFP)
Hassan Khalaf, a spokesman for the Hamas health ministry, declined to give details, but said there were four new cases on Monday of people infected with the disease in the Gaza Strip.
Khalaf added, however, that the condition of three of five people who had been confirmed on Sunday as having the virus was improving.
Those were the first of the A(H1N1) flu reported in Gaza, which Israel and Egypt have kept under a blockade, allowing in only essential humanitarian aid, since the Islamist Hamas seized power in June 2007....
Picture Left:Palestinian physicians wear face masks during their shift at the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City.(AFP)
Saturday, December 5, 2009
When President Barack H. Obama signed a national pandemic emergency on Friday, October 24th, 2009, the media barely mentioned that “a declaration of emergency for the H1N1” had been signed. A huge red flag should have gone up: Why was there was no reference to specific act or document? Initially, not even the White House web page had information about the pronouncement. Did Obama’s emergency proclamation, under sections 201 and 301 of the National Emergencies Act, imply that martial law was imminent?
To answer that question, we first must see how the World Health Organization put Obama in such a position. The answer may surprise you.
The Department of Homeland Security(DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Center for Disease Control (CDC) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) will be the focus of a future release of this series called “Approved Chaos” that will answer questions about their status, readiness preparations and participation in the H1N1 emergency including:
What happens when a national emergency is declared?
Who is really in charge?,
and most importantly,
What does this H1N1 emergency mean for me?
Moreover, the media portrays the government as a passive participant in the swine flu pandemic. Digging deeper, it appears there is a much different story. The previous bird flu “pandemic” was, in fact, utilized to clear many legal obstacles in orchestrating the current, coordinated effort to establish global controls...
The heart he received during a transplant procedure 12 years ago, for which he gives thanks every day, continues to do its job.
He has won bouts with prostate and skin cancer, and his non-Hodgkins lymphoma remains under control with chemotherapy.
His four children and four grandchildren are thriving in their careers and in school.
And in December, Anter and his wife, Madeline, will celebrate their 53rd wedding anniversary.
But as grateful as he is, the 74-year-old Anter admits one thing will be bugging him during the holidays.
"The truth is," the retired paper sales executive said last week, "when I think about not being able to get a swine flu shot, I get real pissed off."
Two months after H1N1 flu vaccine was first distributed to public health districts around the country, people 65 and older with serious medical conditions still can't get vaccinated.
Anter's doctors at Stanford University Hospital, where he received his transplant, tell him he has a compromised immune system and "the H1N1 flu could do me in."
He takes at least nine prescription medications daily to stay alive.
"But when I try to get a shot, I'm told I'm too old " he said as he sat in the study of his Peccole Ranch home.
"I feel that they see me and other older people as garbage and are just waiting for the trucks to come pick us up," Anter said.
"I served my country. I enlisted during the Korean War. You don't treat people this way just because they're older."
Agriflu, made by Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, is not intended to protect against the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu.
The vaccine was approved using an accelerated approval process, the FDA said. Novartis demonstrated that the vaccine induces levels of antibodies in the blood that are effective in preventing seasonal influenza, but it still needs to conduct further studies.
Agriflu, for ages 18 and older, is administered as a single injection in the upper arm and is available in single-dose, prefilled syringes, according to the FDA.
Novartis produces another licensed vaccine for seasonal influenza, Fluvirin, approved for ages 4 and older.
Although no vaccine is 100 percent effective in preventing disease, vaccination is the key to flu prevention, according to the FDA...
Forget stampedes, fires and terrorist attacks. The big fear this year concerning the Hajj, the annual millions-strong pilgrimage to Mecca, is swine flu.
Swine flu has already killed four pilgrims this year, Saudi Arabia's health ministry announced Saturday, almost a week before the pilgrimage's peak.
Three of the victims -- a woman from Morocco and men from Sudan and India -- were in their seventies. The fourth was a 17-year-old girl from Nigeria.
The Health Ministry said none had been vaccinated against the H1N1 virus -- despite their recommendations -- and all had underlying health problems, including cancer and respiratory illness. A ministry spokesman said more than two dozen other cases had been detected among arriving pilgrims...
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius toured the plant, whose cell-based technology is designed to be cleaner, quicker and more predictable than the current way most influenza vaccines are made using eggs and will help alleviate the U.S. dependence on imported vaccines.
The bioreactors used to incubate the cells with the virus should also be able to scale up more quickly to make larger quantities of vaccine when needed -- such as during pandemics.
It will be years before the facility makes any real vaccine, so it is of no use during the current pandemic of H1N1 swine flu, in which the government is struggling to vaccinate Americans in the face of slow-arriving supplies...
In the week ended November 14, the flu hospitalized 1,674 people and killed 84 people in Canada, officials said. But they also said they have noticed fewer positive flu tests and fewer outbreaks in schools in some areas of the country.
The most compelling signs that the flu is leveling off are in the Pacific Coast province of British Columbia, which began vaccinating its population earliest, and the northern territories, where a high percentage of the small population has got the shot, said Dr. David Butler-Jones, Canada's chief public health officer.
Overall, one-quarter of Canadians have been immunized. Five to 10 percent of the population has been infected.
Lineups for flu vaccine, which lasted for hours in many cities earlier this month, have dwindled dramatically....
Friday, December 4, 2009
The toll rose to 68 deaths as of November 22, with 22 new deaths last week. Six of the 68 victims had no underlying health problems, the country's health monitoring institute said...
At least 1.2 million of the vaccine shots will be made available by the end of the year and be distributed to about 400,000 health workers in the Philippines, WHO director-general Margaret Chan told reporters in Manila.
"The vaccine is safe," Chan said, adding the rate of side effects was within the expected range.
But she urged the Philippines to conduct post-vaccination surveillance to determine any potential harmful side effects.
Chan said the WHO has prioritized donating flu vaccines to 10 percent of the population of poor and developing countries from stockpiles from more developed states. The Philippines has about 92 million people...
PS:The vaccine is "SAFE"....?Chan lying to her teeth again.....
As in the days of Noah...
The pattern is typical of pandemics such as the current H1N1 pandemic but shows the need for patients and doctors to keep an eye out for the infections and treat them quickly, Dr. Anne Schuchat of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told reporters.
"We are seeing an increase of serious pneumococcal infections around the country," Schuchat told a telephone briefing.
"That is the serious type of pneumococcal disease where the bacteria invades the blood and other internal sites." These so-called secondary infections can follow infection with a virus such as flu and often are seen among people who die from influenza.
A close look in Denver showed 58 cases of serious Streptococcus pneumonia infections in October, a month when usually about 20 cases are seen, Schuchat said. And while such infections normally affect people over 65, these were almost all among people under 60, she said...
More than half of the latest fatalities were reported by health authorities in the Americas region.
The winter flu season arrived early in the northern hemisphere this year and continues to be intense across parts of North America and much of Europe.
"In the United States and Canada, influenza transmission remains very active and geographically widespread," the WHO said, adding that the disease now appeared to have peaked in all U.S. regions.
"In Canada, influenza activity remains similar but (the) number of Hospitalizations and deaths is increasing," it said.
It is too early to say whether there has yet been a peak in infections in the northern hemisphere, the WHO's top flu expert said on Thursday, and it will be some weeks before there is a downward trend in the numbers of those catching the virus....
The Swine Flu Pandemic which Novye Izvestija has written about many times, may be the most ambitious scam and corruption of our time. In any case, the enormous commercial aspect of the “swine flu scare” is already evident
The same conclusion was reached by Danish journalists who expertly examined the links between the World Health Organization (WHO) and the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, who gained wealth by selling drugs to counter the disease. It turns out, for example, that many scientists who sit on various committees of WHO, carefully concealed the fact that they receive money from the giant pharmaceutical companies of the world.
According to the international investment bank JP Morgan, the pharmaceutical industry will make more than 7 Billion Euros this year on the sale of A/H1N1 vaccines. Leading western countries have ordered enough doses to vaccinate either their entire population (such as Australia) or one third (Germany and several other EU member States). Factories making the vaccines and pills are working around the clock, in four shift rotations, with a backlog of orders …they are not experiencing the global economic crisis as others might.
For the first time in many years flu pandemic ‘panic’ has affected the EU. The vaccine has been produced without a sufficient number of clinical and laboratory tests...
“It could have happened in a lab where somebody became affected and then travelled with it,” virologist Dr Adrian Gibbs said yesterday.
Conjuring up a vision of Frankenstein’s fictional monster fleeing the laboratory, he added: “Things do get out of labs and this has to be explored. There needs to be more research done in this area."
“At the moment there is no way of distinguishing where swine flu has come from.”
The research, published in the Virology Journal on Tuesday, was compiled by two former researchers at the Australian National University – Dr Gibbs and programmer John S. Armstrong.
Dr Jean Downie, once the head of HIV research at Westmead Hospital, was also involved...
Zhong Nanshan, director of the Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Diseases in China's southern Guangdong province, said the presence of both viruses in China meant they could mix and become a monstrous hybrid -- a bug packed with strong killing power that can transmit efficiently among people.
"China, as you know, is different from other countries. Inside China, H5N1 has been existing for some time, so if there is really a reassortment between H1N1 and H5N1, it will be a disaster," Zhong said in an interview with Reuters Television.
"This is something we need to monitor, the change, the mutation of the virus. This is why reporting of the death rate must be really transparent."
The World Health Organization warned on Tuesday that H5N1 had erupted in poultry in Egypt, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, posing once again a threat to humans.
"First, it places those in direct contact with birds -- usually rural folk and farm workers -- at risk of catching the often-fatal disease. Second, the virus could undergo a process of "reassortment" with another influenza virus and produce a completely new strain," it said.
"The most obvious risk is of H5N1 combining with the pandemic ... (H1N1) virus, producing a flu virus that is as deadly as the former and as contagious as the latter."
Zhong told the Chinese media last week that China may have had more H1N1 flu deaths than it has reported, with some local governments possibly concealing suspect cases...
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control confirmed that a West Virginia physician had the H1N1 virus twice — once in August and again in October.
Dr. Debra Parsons, a pediatrician in Cross Lanes, W. Va., first became ill this summer, the same time her son did. Parsons tested herself for the virus, and it came back positive for the H1N1 Influenza A strain.
When Parsons experienced flu-like symptoms again in October, even worse than those she had in August, she tested herself again. The test came back positive again for H1N1...
The news report causing the most concern today is the one about H1N1 patients in Iowa. Commenting on a dramatic spike in H1N1 deaths in Iowa, Dr. Gregory Schmunk told KCCI news that what doctors there are seeing ”is very heavy, wet hemorrhagic lungs, lungs with a lot of blood in them.”
Hemorrhagic lungs that are filled with blood?
That sounds precisely like what is taking place in Ukraine....
Sharyl Attkisson is a CBS News correspondent and investigative reporter. She’s covered Capitol Hill since February 2006 and has been a Washington-based correspondent there since January 1995. She was also part of the CBS news team that received the Edward Murrow Award in 2005 for overall excellence. Additionally, she received an Outstanding Investigative Journalism Emmy in 2002 for a series on the Red Cross.
In case you didn’t realize it, Sharyl Attkisson is the investigative reporter behind the groundbreaking CBS News study that found H1N1 flu cases are NOT as prevalent as feared.
In fact, they’re barely on the radar screen.
How did this startling information come about, and why is the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) painting a different picture entirely? I spoke directly with Sharyl Attkisson to find out.
The first video is an amazing interview I did with Sharyl about ten days ago and what the bulk of this article is based on.
The second video is brand new and was done at noon yesterday in which I was videoed in the CBS studio in downtown Chicago. Sharyl was gracious enough to invite me to be on with Dr. Bernadine Healy, the former director of the NIH. We both were in agreement about the swine flu and opposed to the stance the CDC is taking, but we had different views on mammograms.
Please also watch the second interview as it is very entertaining...
GlaxoSmithKline spokeswoman Gwenan White said Tuesday the company issued the advice after reports that one batch of the swine flu vaccine might have caused more allergic reactions than normal.
She says the affected batch contains 172,000 doses of the vaccine. She declined to say how many doses had been administered before the advice to stop using them was given...
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Bloomberg: Across the region, 670 people infected with the new H1N1 influenza strain have died since April, the Stockholm-based ECDC said today in a report on its Web site. Cases are being reported in all European Union and European Free Trade Association countries, ECDC said.
The infection, which causes little more than a sore throat, fever and a cough in the majority of cases, has hospitalized more than 4,400 people in Europe to date. Among those, the U.K. has 180 H1N1 patients in intensive care units, France has 81, the Netherlands 38, Norway 24 and Ireland 20, ECDC said....
And as the traditional Muslim pilgrimage gets under way, there are now fears that thousands could be at risk from the killer virus.
According to the Saudi Arabian Health Ministry, one teenager and three old people died of swine flu.
A 17-year-old girl from Nigeria was among the victims along with men from Sudan, India and Morocco, all over 75.
The teenager had a pre-existing chronic illness.
BILD has revealed the agreement with pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) which was apparently signed from an underlying fear of the bird flu virus. It came into affect when the swine flu pandemic began.
And you can read portions of the ‘Agreement between the German government and its states and GSK’ regarding the preparation of a vaccine for the killer virus in Germany:
“GSK offers all states… the possibility… to buy 25 per cent of its Dresden-produced pandemic vaccine, to a maximum quantity necessary to supply 50 per cent of the German population.”
Meaning: At most, half of Germany will be provided for.
“The buying price… is €7 plus tax per dose, €1 of which is covers the antigen components and €6… the booster components.”
Meaning: The serum itself only costs €1 per dose; it’s the booster that is expensive
Is it possible this deadly plague has arrived in America?
DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa has officially recorded 21 H1N1 deaths, including seven in Polk County alone. But the county’s medical examiner said he has performed autopsies on some residents who were never diagnosed with H1N1, but actually had it.
“In the autopsy, what we’re seeing is very heavy, wet hemorrhagic lungs, lungs with a lot of blood in them,” said Dr. Gregory Schmunk.
He said the official count of seven H1N1 deaths is inaccurate, but patient rights laws prohibit him from giving specific numbers.
He said there are two reasons for the discrepancy. First, not all sick patients get tests and second, the virus is difficult to detect. Some patients may be too sick to receive the most accurate H1N1 test...