Tuesday, October 7, 2008

2004: Influenza Shot Fiasco

The 2004 flu season was supposed to re-introduce Thimerosal-containing vaccines to the infant and toddler CDC-mandated schedule.

Most all wondered why the government/vaccine industry alliance, which had made a decision to slowly reduce Thimerosal from vaccines in 1999, was now recommending putting it back with such a head-knocking cymbal crash.


The Thimerosal ban movement working at the state level found the reason very quickly.

Not only did the actions of the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices return completely unnecessary ethylmercury exposures to the tiny bodies of American infants and toddlers, and pregnant women, the addition of influenza vaccine to the schedule for the first time ever assured that there weren't enough child-size Thimerosal-free flu shots to go around nationally. This was especially true since not one, but two flu shots were mandated for every American child.

The vaccine market convinced many states to not enact mercury bans based on the idea that children wouldn't get their flu shots if laws required only Thimerosal-free. Strange considering they had full knowledge that in their international markets Thimerosal-free vaccines had been in use for decades. Russia removed mercury from vaccines in the 1970s. Sweden did so in 1991. Yet to amplify this as a no-ban example, the alliance created the new flu shot requirement fully knowing that they lacked quantities of the Thimerosal-free jabs.

What policy makers missed entirely was the entire flu shot recommendation was idiotic. It made no sense at all considering that in 2003 we were eye-witnessing the worse possible influenza vaccine failure. The shot was having serious issues across the country.

People got the shot and got sick directly after. Some died.

Despite world record uptake and nonsense efforts to "debunk the flu shot myth" that it causes cases of flu, the CDC was forced to admit the shot offered zero percent protection against flu. Some called 2003's flu shot "The Big Whiff". Other views included flu experts shot themselves in the foot by picking the wrong influenza strain...again.

As typical, the failures of 2003 rolled right off the backs of the vaccine industry. Marketing plans, media saturation, and a jolly order of Thimerosal-containing flu shots was made. Around town even the kiosks were in place complete with the hand-written"Flu Shots next Tuesday" signs and posters.

Serratia bacteria cause renal infections and pneumonia in humans. This type of bacteria was used in U.S. germ warfare experiments in the 1950s. During "Operation SeaSpray" naval vessels spewed serratia into the air from their decks while puttering around twelve miles off the coast of San Francisco. Area hospitals saw an outbreak of pneumonia cases. A report of the outbreak was filed, but intercepted, apparently by CIA. At least one died as a result of the experimentation.

In 2004, the vaccine plant in Liverpool,
England charged with manufacturing the U.S. flu shot was infested with serratia contamination. US FDA documents from 2003 indicate that inspectors were aware of the contamination, but did nothing.

UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency did do something. Not only did they stop the tainted flu supply, but to make sure FDA regulators, attempting to by-pass their safety call, accepted the gravity of the contamination problems the MHRA lifted the plant's license which prohibited them from producing any influenza vaccines until they cleaned up the big mess.

Interesting to note, the 2004 confiscated flu shot shipment was Thimerosal-containing.

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