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History of the Flu Vaccine



The first influenza vaccine was approved in the 1940 to be used on the military. It was an inactivated vaccine used in World War Two when influenza epidemics would cause catastrophic moralities across the world. The vaccine industry was relatively new and the vaccines were crude. Then in the 1950, the current egg-based technology was developed to produce the influenza vaccines and is still used today to produce the viruses. There are two annual flu seasons occurring each year, rotating the opposite of each other between the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere during the winter months. We now have monitoring centers across the globe in many countries to keep track of the viral strains that are showing up during the flu season. Based on those strains of influenza identified by the monitoring centers in one hemisphere will determine the strain that ends up in the next seasonal influenza vaccine in the opposite hemisphere. It is basically a “hypothetical guess” as to what strain will actually show up the next flu season. The track record of prediction does not look very good for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at this time.

Influenza Death Rates Increase Demand

Years ago, the CDC used to report that the total yearly death rate across the world for influenza was between 250,000 to 500,000. It is unclear why or how they classified the death rates but it has been noted that they bundled it with death from pneumonia which is not an accurate method. In 2010, they changed the way it is reported and the estimate of mortality over the last 30 years dropped dramatically. The newer statistics of mortality are between 3,300 to 49,000 people die per year and it is still linked with pneumonia deaths. There is no explanation as to the huge difference in numbers other than a more organized system of monitoring the death rates. Because of world travel, the fear s that people from foreign countries will bring with them illnesses that we are not usually exposed to such as influenza from their country. It is often reported in the media that there are outbreaks from people who come to this country but they neglect to report how many of the people who get the illness are fully or partially vaccinated. The push for a universal Influenza vaccine has been building since the 911 attack in New York City in 2001.

How the Influenza Vaccine is Developed
  • They retrieve the influenza viruses from sick infected animal/people’s puss, stool, urine or festering blisters or other body fluids.
  • The first step, the Influenza Surveillance Centers around the world help to identify which strain of influenza is in circulation. They then report it to the World Health Organization (WHO), who then works with the CDC to decide what the next flu virus the vaccine will contain.
  • The viruses are then grown on Hen’s eggs along with 2 other influenza viruses. They actually blend the new virus with 2 other viruses and they are allowed to grow together. They call this the “Hybrid” virus. These viruses do not show up in nature together, they are designed in the laboratory. This process takes about 3 weeks.
  • It takes another 3 weeks to test the vaccine to insure that it will produce the outer protein of the strain that is circulating. It is then shipped to all of the influenza vaccine manufactures.
  • Once the Vaccine Manufactures get the hybrid virus they then have to see how well it will multiply and under what conditions for best results. They do this by injecting the virus into thousands of hen eggs that are between nine to twelve day old eggs. The virus multiplies in the egg white during the incubation period of two to three weeks.
  • They then separate the virus from the egg and put it through a purification process by treating it chemically to kill the virus while attempting to preserve the coat proteins. Each dose of vaccine will contain three (3) different strains of influenza. The tiny foreign protein will be blended with other products called adjutants that are designed to turbo- charge your immune system for days after getting the injection so that the body will build anti-bodies against the specific influenza viruses.
  • Each manufactures influenza vaccine will have different applications based on the FDA approval. Some are recommended specifically for children and pregnant mothers, most are injected and a few are nasal vaccines.
  • This process usually takes six months from start to finish…just in time for the new influenza season to begin! There are no long-term studies done on the influenza vaccines due to the lack of time and the belief that all influenza vaccines are alike! The CDC bases the safety of the vaccine on previous influenza vaccines claiming that the only thing that changes is the virus used.
  • The short-term studies are done on small groups and are not really sufficient to insure safety and efficacy. For example, to test the new H1N1 influenza vaccine during the 2009-2010 pandemic, the total of people used to pilot test the vaccine was 400 adults and around 600 children nationally. Volunteers were recruited by the Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Units (VTEUs) in Seattle, WA and also at the Group Health and the Seattle Children's Research Institute. The number of people who took part in the trials is not a sufficient number to insure safety for all people. Regardless, the push to vaccinate all Americans is on at the beginning of every flu season.
Benefits/Risks of the Influenza Vaccine

The true measure of a vaccine is how many people lives are saved compared to how many people are injured from a vaccine. Getting the statistics on this is very challenging for many reasons. The way influenza mortality statistics are reported in this country are reported along with death from pneumonia, we really do not have a clear idea of how many people die from just influenza. We all understand that people who are in the hospital or are fighting another illness may be susceptible to influenza/pneumonia and it may contribute to their death. Because of the supporting relationship between the 14 Influenza vaccine pharmaceutical companies, The World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), The Institute of Medicine (IOM), The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics, we have a very well organized structured foundation that has a vested interest in the success of the world-wide influenza program.

The last thing they want reported is that the influenza program is causing health problems or increasing death rates. Statistically, according to the CDC Vital Statistics:
  • 1999 there were 29 pediatric deaths from influenza.
  • 2003 there were 90 reported deaths (first year the flu vaccine was recommended for pediatric use).
  • By 2008 - 40.9% of children were given the flu vaccine and the death rate was 116.
  • These statistics tell me that the children are at greater risk from the vaccine than from influenza illness.
There is growing concern in the scientific community as well. This was printed in Science Daily May 19, 2009 where they reported that children who get the flu shot are 3 times more likely to require hospitalization. “The inactivated flu vaccine does not appear to be effective in preventing influenza-related hospitalizations in children, especially the ones with asthma. In fact, children who get the flu vaccine are more at risk for hospitalization than their peers who do not get the vaccine, according to new research that will be presented at the 105th International Conference of the American Thoracic Society in San Diego. 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.”

Influenza Vaccines & Senior Citizens

Mid 1990’s Medicare started to cover the Flu vaccine for seniors, hospitalization for pneumonia and related illnesses skyrocketed. That should have been a red-flag but few people were paying attention! It is now standard practice to give every senior citizen in nursing homes the season flu vaccine along with all the other vaccines they recommend. They now have a turbo-charged influenza vaccine for senior citizens (Fluzone High-Dose). This vaccine is specifically for people 65 or older and is 4X the normal strength and was approved by the FDA in late 2009. They believe that seniors do not have sufficient immunity as they get older and do not respond to normal vaccines.

Studies have indicated that the accumulation of heavy metals (aluminum and Thimerosal) is a leading cause of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Hugh Fudenburg, a leading immunologist and 13th most quoted biologist or our times (850 papers in peer review journals) studied the flu vaccines given to seniors and concluded, “If an individual has had 5 consecutive flu shots between 1970-1980, the years studied, their chances of getting Alzheimer’s Disease is 10 times higher than if they had one or two. (Due to accumulation of mercury and the aluminum in the brain)”.

Eradication of Influenza

Is it possible to rid the world of the Influenza virus? NO! Is it necessary to attempt to try to reduce the numbers of people who get influenza every year? Perhaps they can, but at what expense? Does influenza a huge problem that warrants the resources that are currently tied up to produce the vaccines? Perhaps we are approaching this completely wrong? There are many questions that need to be addresses that are being ignored by the people who are in charge of the vaccine program and profit from them.

I do not believe that mankind will ever eradicate infectious illnesses in this world and in the process of attempting to, are creating catastrophic consequences. Vaccines are the number 1 intervention given to people before they are even sick. They are the worst scientific experiment done on human beings. Vaccines are altering the immune system, changing DNA and RNA in humans and causing untold injury and death. We cannot heal people or support health by injecting foreign, toxic chemicals created in laboratories! The real focus in the world needs to be promoting health while respecting the human body and the environment.

When we provide clean water, sanitation, nutritious foods, remove chemicals and support health naturally, we will then improve the health of mankind.

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