This summer, after one baby girl died, and more than 250 other children were hospitalized with convulsions and high fevers following their seasonal flu vaccine injections, Australian health banned the shot for all children under the age of five.
A short time later, Finland also suspended the H1N1 vaccines due to six reports of narcolepsy in children and teens immediately following vaccination. According to The Helsinki Times , "Medical reports suggest that over 750 of those who have been vaccinated have experienced harmful effects."
In Sweden, an investigation was launched after cases of post-vaccination narcolepsy appeared in children there as well.
"The vaccines appear to be causing a pattern of neurological disorders affecting children and teens across the planet," said a report in India's Bharat Chronicle .
A public outcry was raised after it was revealed that Australian officials apparently were aware of the problem for several weeks yet withheld the information and continued to encourage parents with infants, children, and teens to be vaccinated with H1N1.
Health officials at first tried to convince the public that there was no "causal" relationship between the vaccine and the side effects but even the Australian coroner had to admit he couldn't rule out that the flu shot was responsible for the death of two-year-old Brisbane toddler Ashley Jade Epapara.
Next, the blame was put on a "bad batch" of vaccines manufactured by Australia's biopharmaceutical company CSL under the name Fluvax. "This is not a long-term safety issue with vaccines," University of Western Australia School of Paediatrics and Child Health Associate Professor Peter Richmond told WAToday .
In the US, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) announced in August that "Afluria [the version of Fluvax approved by the FDA for use in North America] should not be used in children aged 6 months through 8 years."
Although health officials around the world were trying to calm parents by suggesting the reactions were relatively rare and not the effect of the vaccine itself (only of "rogue" batches), parents weren't reassured.
"My 6 children all got the flu shot on Tuesday the 21st of April. Within hours they were violently ill. Fevers above 39c, vomiting. We are now day three, they all have severe headaches, fevers, aches and pains and the runs. This is terrible, people have known about this for weeks. This is being played down by the health department. I would like to know if there will be any long turn health issues for my family. I am sure there are more than 22 children ill. Well I have six of them. I want answers," stated one woman in the WAToday comments section accompanying the article .
Chances to get infected with H1N1 increases tremendously in people who have been vaccinated previously for seasonal flu, a study reveals.
The research done recently by Plosmedicine indicates that people who skipped the vaccine were 100%-275% less likely to be infected with H1N1.
Flu is categorized into three types, i.e, A, B and C. Type A cause the most severe form of influenza and are mainly found in animals like ducks, chicken, pigs, whales and also in humans. Type B are found circulating widely in humans while type C has been found in humans, pigs and dogs causing mild respiratory infections.
It has been only a few years back when reports by mainstream media created havoc in people's mind about the importance of getting vaccinated in order to avoid death by flu. These reports resulted in increase in vaccine demand worldwide.
Raise in vaccine demand generated big business for major pharmaceutical companies. They started producing vaccines in a large quantities and convinced people to get vaccinated for both seasonal as well as for H1N1 pandemic flu which earned them huge revenues.
Contrary to the popular beliefs, recent studies conducted shows that vitamin D supplementation gives better resistance than vaccination to resist seasonal flu and perhaps helpful for swine flu as well. Every year, during the late fall and winter, when vitamin-D level comes down in blood, flu outbreaks called as Seasonal flu occurs with peak duration of around three weeks. In the U.S. the flu season usually starts from October through May affecting as many as 5-20 percent of the total population.
Quote: Recent data presented to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Advisory Committee on Children's Vaccines has revealed some shocking information about the effects of the H1N1 / swine flu vaccine on pregnant women. According to the report, the rate of miscarriage among pregnant women during the 2009 H1N1 / swine flu pandemic soared by over 700 percent compared to previous years, pointing directly to the vaccine as the culprit -- but the CDC denies the truth and continues to insist nobody has been harmed. According to the CDC , nearly 50 percent of all pregnant women were vaccinated with the H1N1 vaccine during the 2009 / 2010 influenza season. Those whose physicians instructed them to get a seasonal flu shot were three times more likely to get it, while those instructed specifically to get the H1N1 shot were ten times more likely to get it. And the numbers clearly show that along with the rise in vaccinations due to the H1N1 scare came the sharp increase in miscarriages , including a slew of actual reported adverse events. ..
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