provides, what I believe to be, a revealing and informative perspective on flu vaccination, unbiased by the prospect of any financial gain.
Politics, Profits & Pandemic Fear Mongering
by Barbara Loe Fisher
(from the National Vaccine Information Center)
you grabbing your face mask, stocking up on food and Tamiflu, locking
your doors and keeping your TV tuned to the news to find out just how
bad the "swine flu pandemic" really is going to get?
Americans are being scared to death, few are noticing how much of their
tax money politicians are giving to drug companies and government
health officials to grease the skids to create more experimental flu
vaccines and drugs and more effective ways to quarantine or force their
mass use whenever a "public health emergency" is declared in the
me cynical but not clueless. The bird's eye view I have had for the
past 27 years at the National Vaccine Information Center (www.NVIC.org)
has taught me one thing: the global alliance between Big Pharma and Big
Public Health is a prescription for disaster that could extend far
beyond a bout with the flu.
international drama playing out right now before our eyes is an example
of how citizens around the world can be easily manipulated by doctors
and politicians engaging in fear mongering in the name of disease
control to forward agendas that have more to do with ideology, power
and corporate profits than health.
2006, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued an international call
for all nations to do whatever it takes to increase public appetite and
demand for annual influenza shots as the main strategy to prepare for
an influenza pandemic. In April 2007, the WHO used money donated by the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to fund the
creation of influenza vaccine manufacturing plants in Mexico and other
countries one week after the FDA gave Sanofi Pasteur a license to
produce an experimental bird flu (H5N1) vaccine. Sanofi Pasteur is just
one of many drug companies the U.S. government has given millions of
dollars to for the creation of bird flu vaccines.
February 19, 2009, the FDA's Vaccines & Related Biological Products
Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) discussed whether to give approval for the
testing of experimental bird flu vaccine on American infants. VRBPAC
consumer member, also NVIC's Director of Patient Safety Vicky
Debold,PhD, warned that testing of an experimental pandemic bird flu
vaccine on infants in the absence of a real epidemic and without
assurances that unapproved novel oil based (squalene) adjuvants (AS03,
MF59) are safe, could pose unacceptable risks in terms of inducing
severe immune dysfunction.
February 27, 2009 it was confirmed that an influenza vaccine maker,
Baxter International, had released a mixture of seasonal influenza
viruses mixed with unlabeled live bird flu viruses to facilities in
Czechoslovakia, Germany, and Slovenia. Baxter, which is waiting for a
license to manufacturer bird flu vaccine, explained it was an
"accident" and that no harm was done.
April 23, 2009, the world heard the first news reports about a
mysterious pig (H1N1) and bird (H5N1)and human hybrid influenza virus
that was making people sick near a Mexican pig farm. By April 30, the
WHO had issued a Phase 5 "Alert" warning that the world was facing an
imminent pandemic influenza epidemic on the strength of several hundred
cases of "swine" flu and less than 10 confirmed deaths.
pandemic flu panic that has an especially strong grip on people living
in Mexico and the U.S., thanks to the governments of both countries
declaring a "public health emergency," has been a good thing for
pharmaceutical companies in the pandemic flu business.
Wall Street revealed that the pandemic scare sent stock prices soaring
for drug companies making anti-viral drugs, rapid flu diagnosis tests
and influenza vaccines. Sanofi Pasteur, GlaxoSmithKline, Novavax,
Baxter, Johnson & Johnson, Roche, BioCryst, and Vical are among the
drug companies likely to benefit from the world pandemic panic.
all the chaos that has Americans running to drug stores to buy face
masks, closing schools to wipe desks down with rubbing alcohol and
avoiding public transportation, there is action being taken behind the
scenes by politicians and government health officials to prepare the
way for implementation of future quarantine and mass vaccination of
citizens with experimental vaccines and drugs that have by- passed
normal FDA regulations for demonstrating purity and potency of
"public health emergency" has become an excuse to grease the skids and
rush to market experimental drugs and vaccines that are not subject to
product liability in the civil courts.
mandated, mass use of multiple vaccines has become big business in the
last quarter century since the U.S. Congress passed a law in 1986
shielding vaccine makers and doctors from liability for vaccine
injuries and deaths and the numbers of vaccines recommended by the
federal health officials for American children multiplied from 23 doses
of 7 vaccines to 48 doses of 14 vaccines from birth to age six. For
older children and adults, there are several dozen more federally
recommended or state mandated vaccinations.
of this liability protection and government vaccine mandating has been
a boon for vaccine profit- making and public health agency empire
building. In 1986, four drug companies made and sold vaccines in
America and, by 2007, after corporate mergers and acquisitions there
were six drug company giants making and selling vaccines in the U.S.
there are more drug companies seeking to enter the lucrative multi-
billion dollar U.S. vaccine market as financial predictions for global
profits from the worldwide vaccine business by 2010 have climbed to
more than $20B.
should not bow to additional pressure from vaccine manufacturers and
public health officials to by-pass normal FDA standards in proving
safety and efficacy of pandemic flu vaccines and their components for
the purpose of rushing them to market in response to the pandemic panic
that has been created. The swine flu debacle of 1976 should have taught
Congress that lesson.
rational perspective that reduces pandemic fear and includes common
sense advice for staying healthy in every season is being offered by
holistic health doctors... The next time you turn on the TV or the
radio or search the internet for the latest news on the flu pandemic,
take a deep breath and consider all the natural ways to stay healthy and resist influenza or any illness : washing your hands; eating nutritious food; drinking plenty of pure water; getting enough exercise, rest and sunshine, and lowering stress - which includes not walking around filled with fear, anxiety and dread.