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Don't Believe the Hype

This week, the first shipments of the swine flu vaccine have been delivered to health care workers across the country. Even before the vaccines arrival, health care workers in New York are pressing legal action because being immunized has been made mandatory for anyone working in the health field in the state. With all the talk of how deadly the “pandemic” will be and how everyone must take the vaccine; it appears that the medical community would be completely insane not to take it. What would make the health care workers resist the vaccine and what do they know about the vaccine that we don’t?

In the 1970s the swine flu surfaced much in the same way that it did today. The government, media, and press made videos about the impending doom that we all faced when confronted with this flu. As time went by, a vaccine was developed which was given to millions of people throughout the country. The vaccine was a disaster and its use was brought to a halt after hundreds of people developed neurological disorders, some resulting in death, from the vaccine. In the end the vaccine caused more damage than the actual flu that the government claimed would end society as we knew it.

Fast forward to what’s happening today; we’re faced with the similar pandemic, the H1N1(Swine Flu for the less politically correct) has come again and is threatening societies very existence. You would think that this would be more dangerous than the normal flu but so far that isn’t the case. Whereas the normal flu kills over 36000 people across the country, the swine flu has only killed around 600 people in the United States so far. Even though we’re 6 months into the end of the world, if you believe your nightly news, society is still functioning as it normally would.

There are many reasons behind why health workers are refusing to take their mandatory vaccinations. One reason is that even the people who do all of the paper work are required to take it, even though they don’t work with patients. Another reason is that they remember what happened the last time a pandemic threatened the country. Some have even come out and pointed out at how little testing had actually been done with the current vaccine. With all of the arguments one thing is certain, a large portion of the workers in the health field are refusing to be immunized.

What effect will the flu vaccine have on the public? The truth is no one knows. If you trust the government, it will save human civilization but if you read the inserts that come with the vaccines, it becomes clear that they haven’t been fully tested. Since the vaccine has only been tested literally for a few weeks and hasn’t been tested on pregnant mothers, women who have recently given birth or on young children it comes as no surprise that people are refusing to take the vaccine, fearful of the side effects.
Here’s a portion of the information that is being included with the vaccine made by Novartis:

5 WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
5.1 Guillain-Barré Syndrome
If Guillain-Barré syndrome has occurred within 6 weeks of receipt of prior influenza vaccine, the decision to give Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine should be based on careful consideration of the potential benefits and risks.
5.2 Altered Immunocompetence
If Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine is administered to immunocompromised persons, including individuals receiving immunosuppressive therapy, the expected immune response may not be obtained.
5.4 Limitations of Vaccine Effectiveness
Vaccination with Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine may not protect all individuals.
8.1 Pregnancy
Pregnancy Category C: Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine or FLUVIRIN. It is also not known whether Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine or FLUVIRIN can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity. Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.
8.3 Nursing Mothers
It is not known whether FLUVIRIN or Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine is administered to a nursing woman.

8.4 Pediatric Use
Safety and effectiveness in pediatric subjects below the age of 4 years have not been established. [see ADVERSE REACTIONS (6) and CLINICAL STUDIES (14)]

Before you decide whether you and your family are going to take the vaccine it is important to do some basic research into it. If you do decide not to take it remember that schools must have vaccine waiver forms by law and pay close attention to the legal actions being taken by the health care workers, here and in other states for the legal steps you can take, if the vaccine ends up being required in your area.

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