Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 | Author:

No one knows, because they’re using it before the tests are complete. And from a legal standpoint it doesn’t really matter, because the manufacturers can’t be sued.

Assuming that you still want to know for personal reasons, let’s look for clues.

The last time the US government panicked over swine flu was in 1976. Even the CDC later admitted there was no swine flu, but the vaccine resulted in over 500 cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) and 25 deaths. You’re probably not familiar with GBS, but I am. It’s an autoimmune disorder that attacks the lining of the nerves. A woman I see at therapy every week has it. She was in the hospital for several weeks, lost over 50 pounds, and almost died. Two years later, she still has no feeling in her feet and is on disability.

Here’s a video about the whole 1976 fiasco from a banned 60 Minutes show in 1979. Watch and learn.

So is GBS a risk with the current vaccine? The Center for Disease Control and the US media say not. “Get the shot. Give it to your kids,” they say.

But Britain’s Health Protection Agency and the Association of British Neurologists view it a little differently. They both sent confidential letters to about 600 neurologists in July, which were recently leaked to the Daily Mail, warning the neurologists to be on the lookout for an increase in GBS when the vaccine is rolled out. From those letters:

  • GBS has been identified as a condition needing enhanced surveillance when the swine flu vaccines are rolled out.
  • Traditionally, the BNSU has monitored rare diseases for long periods of time. However, the swine influenza (H1N1) pandemic has overtaken us and we need every member’s involvement with a new BNSU survey of Guillain-Barre Syndrome that will start on August 1 and run for approximately nine months.
  • Following the 1976 programme of vaccination against swine influenza in the US, a retrospective study found a possible eight-fold increase in the incidence of GBS.
  • You will have seen Press coverage describing the Government’s concern about releasing a vaccine of unknown safety.

From that same Daily Mail article:

  • Jackie Fletcher, founder of vaccine support group Jabs, said: ‘The Government would not be anticipating this if they didn’t think there was a connection. What we’ve got is a massive guinea-pig trial.’

Add to all this that Baxter Pharmaceuticals is one of the manufacturers of this new vaccine. You remember Baxter. I’ve written about them here and here and they’re still among my most popular posts.

So for myself, you won’t get me close to a vaccine shot. If you decide to get it, like NY health care workers are being forced to do, well … good luck. You have more faith in government and the pharmaceutical industry than I do.

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3 Responses
  1. Rob says:

    Excellent information about this. I wish that the side effects of the Swine Flu would make more headlines (I was surprised that Readers Digest, a generally pro-pharma publication) made reference to GBS in it's last issue… albeit very brief mention.)

  2. akaGaGa says:

    Thanks for stopping, Rob. I wish it'd make more headlines, too, but mainstream media does what the gov't wants – and they want people to get flu shots, so we don't want to point out the possible side effects. Just let Uncle Same decide for you.

  3. Beatrice says:

    i think that in asian countries the Swine Flu did not spread rapidly compared to those countries that are located in colder climates. we should still be very thankful that the swine flu did not cause massive infections.