So you buy in to the mass marketing of getting a flu shot, eh?
You feel really lousy or you get the flu in spite of the 'protection' you think you got with the shot...
Even the FDA now says monitoring is necessary.
Flu drug carries new warning after delirium reports,Tue Nov 14
The drug Tamiflu now carries a new warning following reports of delirium among some people, mostly in Japan, taking the medication to treat influenza, the manufacturer and US regulators announced.
The notification to doctors from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates medicine, and the Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Roche, which manufactures Tamiflu, also used to fight the deadly strain of bird flu, was reported on the FDA website Monday.
The antiviral drug's "precautions section" notes that "there have been postmarketing reports (mostly from Japan) of self-injury and delirium with the use of Tamiflu in patients with influenza," according to a copy posted on the FDA site.
"The reports were primarily among pediatric patients. The relative contribution of the drug to these events is not known," the text says.
"Patients with influenza should be closely monitored for signs of abnormal behavior throughout the treatment period," it adds.
There have been 103 cases, 95 of them in Japan, of delirium among people with the flu who took Tamiflu, especially among children and adolescents, the FDA said, adding that 60 percent of the patients were under 17. Suicide was reported in some cases.
The "possible side effects" section of the drug's "patient information" insert now notes: "People with the flu, particularly children, may be at an increased risk of self-injury and confusion shortly after taking Tamiflu and should be closely monitored for signs of unusual behavior."
Roche said that nothing indicated that the drug was responsible for the neuropsychiatric problems.
Millions of doses of Tamiflu are being stockpiled by governments and the World Health Organization in the event of a global flu pandemic, which could be sparked if the H5N1 virus, at present transmissible from birds to humans, mutates into a form easily contagious among humans.
However, a study showed flu vaccine increased the risk of developing Guillain-Barre Syndrome. The syndrome results in a rapid weakness and often paralysis of the legs, arms, breathing muscles and face.The damage can last for years.
Fears over pandemic flu collided with growing concerns over the safety of childhood vaccinations Monday when a parents group challenged the Centers for Disease Control's recent recommendation that infants and pregnant women receive flu shots this year.Then they try to slam you with junque science because they just do not understand that Pasteur recanted his theory on his death bed and
The CDC has revised its flu shot guidelines, recommending that all children between six months and five years of age, as well as pregnant women, receive a flu shot. The CDC has launched a major campaign urging Americans to get vaccinated, designating Nov. 27-Dec. 3 as "National Influenza Vaccination Week."
Flu kills 36,000 people and hospitalizes about 200,000 every year, according to the CDC. The American Medical Association reports that between 5 percent and 20 percent of Americans receive flu shots every year.
However an organization called PutChildrenFirst.Org, a parent-led group working to increase awareness of the dangers of mercury in flu shots, held a teleconference Monday in opposition to the CDC's new flu shot campaign and, more specifically, the government's position that flu shots containing thimerosol, a preservative containing mercury, are safe.
Over the past few years, parents of autistic children, as well as other groups, have come to increasingly believe that childhood immunizations — specifically the thimerosol used to preserve the vaccines — triggers autism.
Mercury is an extremely dangerous neurotoxin, which can cause serious impairments of cognitive thinking, memory, attention, language, and fine motor and visual spatial skills. While there is no debate over the dangers of mercury exposure, the question has been whether the amount of mercury present in vaccinations poses a health risk. The debate over the link between childhood immunizations and autism has grown increasingly contentious, as government studies have failed to establish a relationship between the developmental disorder and vaccinations.
However, according to PutChildrenFirst.Org, many people do not think of flu shots as part of the schedule of childhood vaccines and are not aware that most flu shots contain thimerosol. While the CDC does report several studies warning about the dangers of mercury exposure, these reports do not mention that flu shots contain mercury.
PutChildrenFirst.Org is part of a public health movement that has emerged over the past few months that has raised doubts about the government's ability to objectively evaluate vaccine safety, given its public health interest in immunizations, and calling for the establishment of an independent body to evaluate vaccine and thimerosol safety.
A survey of 9,204 people conducted by Zogby International, a public opinion group, between Oct. 27-30 of this year, found that many people are uninformed about vaccinations, but have strong opinions when provided with information. According to the survey, when asked what they knew about flu shots:
— 74 percent of respondents were unaware that most flu shots contained mercury.
— After learning this fact, 74 percent said they were less likely to get a flu shot and 86 percent of parents w/children (17 or younger living at home) said they were less likely to have their children get the flu shot.
— 78 percent agreed that mercury should not be an ingredient in flu shots given to pregnant women and children
— 73 percent said that the government should warn pregnant women not to get a flu shot if it contains mercury.
— More than 70 percent said Congress, doctors, and medical groups such as the American Academy of Pediatrics should take the responsibility to ensure that vaccines do not contain mercury.
— 80 percent of respondents and 82 percent of parents said they are willing to pay additional cost to receive flu shots that do not contain mercury.
In public opinion polling, results over 70 percent can be categorized as "striking" or "remarkable" results, according to Fritz Winzel of Zogby International.
Thimerosol-free flu shots do exist, but patients must specifically request them. Additionally, patients should be prepared to pay more for these vaccines and that their doctors may not have them. Thimerosol-free vaccines are in short supply and some doctors who have ordered them have not received them.
Activists are calling on the CDC to establish a panel to monitor the safety of flu vaccines.
Two flu jabs best first time around for older kids,But a mother tells us what happens afterward-
Thu Nov 2
For children 5 to 8 years old who have never received influenza vaccine, two doses of trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine are more effective than one dose,according to a new report.
Scientific support for two doses of vaccine in infants and young children has been established, the report's authors explain, but the need for two doses of vaccine
for older children to develop immunity is less certain.
Dr. Kathleen M. Neuzil from the University of Washington, Seattle, and colleagues assessed the additional benefit of a second dose of influenza vaccine in 222 vaccine-naive children 5 to 8 years old.
The investigators report that the proportion of children with protective antibody responses to the three antigens of the vaccine was significantly higher after two doses than after one dose of influenza vaccine.
All age groups tolerated the influenza vaccine well after both doses, the researchers note.
The authors say this study is the first to their knowledge to compare the effects of 1 versus 2 doses of modern influenza vaccine in this age group. The results, they conclude, affirm current recommendations for 2 doses of trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine in children younger than 9 years of age receiving influenza vaccine for the first time.
"The 2-dose regimen remains the best strategy to prevent influenza illness in young children," the investigators write. "More resources should be devoted to improving implementation of the 2-dose regimen for previously unvaccinated children less than 9 years of age."
SOURCE: The Journal of Infectious Diseases, October 15, 2006.
Yes, they are since they don't understand that antibody production is a sign of a weak immune system. And they are also in the pockets of the pharmaceutical industry who funded such a study. We just received a few days ago this heartwrenching email from a mom in Florida -- English is her 2nd language and she was clearly unaware of the problems in mainstream pediatric medicine:
I need help, my son was given the flu shot on 11-26-2005, he develope severe
On 12-7-2005 he went into a coma and was admitted into the hospital with severe swelling of the brain (encephalitis) we were told by his Pediatric Neurologist.
Ten months later a repeated MRI was done and there is 5 areas of concerns that still have swelling. Now the neurologist and the Pediatrician wants my son to see a Neuro Psych which is now pending.
Teacher's and parent's are concerned. My son is now confuse and is not able to do alot of things properly, i.e, speak, put his shoes on right and cannot remember what
We just want to encourage you to take responsibility for your health. Ask about risks first and demand an answer, then ask for "benefit".
More people getting the vaccine end up with the flu, and usually it is not mild. Many of these cases have already been reported in the media.
Being healthy is your best protection. Take C(lots)and see!
Better yet chek out cold and flu information here -