No Cure For Stupid, But Plenty of Federal Grants Department: A Brief and Dishonorable Story of the Flu Vaccine
Long, but a must read, must share.
By Dr Rima Laibow:
Summary: Flu vaccination has always been based on agendas without science and A 2012 systematic review and meta-analysis examined the efficacy and effectiveness of licensed influenza vaccines in patients with confirmed influenza illness. The authors confirmed that the original “recommendation to vaccinate the elderly was made without data for vaccine efficacy or effectiveness.”
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1. Spanish flu kills 50 million world-wide
Despite no understanding of the disease cause, vaccines were administered to soldiers and people around the world.
2. During WWII, US military supported Jonas Salk and others to develop flu vaccines. Flu vaccine found in 1944 to reduce episodes of fever above 99 degrees F, but NO impact on serious outcomes as studied
In 1947 flu vax was found to be worthless ( “the incidence of disease was no different in vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.”)
3. This worthless vaccine was released for use in the general public
4. Asian flu kills 1-2 million in 1957. Vaccine produced, released and administered to millions in US although it was clear that it had no appreciable effect on the trend of the pandemic.
5. Vaccine proponents said lack of effect was because immunization was ‘ too little, too late’. As a result, As a result, national health experts recommended in 1960, for the first time, routine annual vaccination, with emphasis on high-risk groups, including those over the age of 65 years and individuals with chronic illness.
6. Despite lack of supporting evidence, by the early 1960s, routine influenza vaccination was generally adopted as a policy
7. In 1964, CDC commissioned Alexander Langmuir, MD, MPH, to evaluate program. Dr. L, then the chief immunology scientist at CDC who “reluctantly concluded that there is little progress to be reported. The severity of the epidemic of 1962-1963…demonstrates the failure to achieve effective control of excess mortality.”
The paper questioned whether widespread influenza immunization “should be continued without better evidence to justify the major costs to the general public.” Despite this, annual vaccination campaigns were continued.
8. CDC performed its first-ever flu vaccination randomized, double-blind trial looking at the effect of vaccination on morbidity and mortality. The authors concluded “Despite extensive use of influenza vaccines…attainment of [improved morbidity and mortality] has never been demonstrated.” Nevertheless, flu immunization continued.
9. H1N1 “swine flu” appeared in 1976 generating a large-scale effort to immunize as many Americans as possible . The the anticipated levels of disease did not appear but an epidemic of paralytic Guillain-Barré syndrome in recipients of vaccine led to the program’s cancellation.
10. An analysis by the CDC in 1977 concluded that influenza control had been “generally ineffective” and that statistically valid community trials were needed.
11. A major review from the FDA in 1995 acknowledged the ongoing “paucity of randomized trials” while warning about serious methodological flaws in many existing flu vaccine studies.
12. In 2000, CDC found that “vaccination [when compared to placebo] may not provide overall economic benefit in most years.” in a placebo controlled trial.
13. Despite this, im 2004, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended annual influenza immunization for young children, household contacts, and healthcare providers