Wednesday, October 14, 2009

H1N1 Vaccine Not 100 % safe?

Is the new vaccine safe for you and your family? The politicians, doctors, and drug companies want you to believe it is. They believe if they get this vaccine out to the general public that it will slow the spread of the swine flu. The swine flu showed up from a pig farm in Mexico in April and spread like a wild fire from there. To date, it is estimated that over 400,000 people have been infected and 4500 people have died worldwide from swine flu according to WHO( World Health Organization). In the rush however, testing for this new vaccine has been very limited.


Swine flu was detected in April 2009 on the world stage. Now, it is October and there is already a vaccine in place to fight off this new strain of flu. Many people are very grateful that governments, companies, and scientists worked efficiently and fast to create this potential life saver. The question that is raised however is, did they create a safe vaccine? There have been may questions and concerns raised by the general public regarding the safety of the H1N1 vaccine, these concerns are justified. On average, the testing process for a new vaccine or medication is 15 to 20 years when done properly. This is quite a bit more than the 6 months it has been since the swine flu showed up.

The government and drug companies would never tell anyone that this vaccine was unsafe. No one would take it, and they would have spent the last 6 months wasting time. Think about it, why would the government tell us the vaccine was unsafe, regardless if it was or not. The general public is scared of this new disease and looking to the government for answers. The government says it has this solution, and for the most part people are alright with the governments response. There are others who are critics of this new vaccine. Jeffry John Aufderheide, of VacTruth says, "it's too early to be widely distributing the vaccine. The trials didn't even start until last week and they are already calling it safe. How are they able to say something is safe without testing it?".

That in fact is the truth of the H1N1 vaccine. It is based off the regular flu vaccine but the testing process for the new vaccine has really just started. To release it to public is the governments way to help control the hesteria that is starting to grip the nation over this flu. The reality is that this flu is no more dangerous than the regular flu. Many people are getting it but the death rate is similar to that of the seasonal flu. What 'is' unusual about the swine flu is its ability to transfer from one human to the next much more efficiently than the regular flu. Doctors who advise their patients against the vaccine are concerned about Guillain-Barré syndrome, which is a condition that attacks the nervous system. This condition can be brought on by low levels of respiratory illnesses, which swine flu is. For most, the swine flu will be your regular flu, but the groups most at risk are people with respiratory issues. Swine flu attacks them the hardest. As you can see that creates a balancing act on who should actually receive the vaccine, if it is indeed safe. If you get the vaccine, you are essentially getting the virus in low doses. If you don't you could risk getting the full blown disease and be in real trouble.

The point of this article is to not scare people from getting the H1N1 vaccine. I have provided many informative links from this article so you can see the information yourself. I have 2 young children and am probably going to get them vaccinated. The point of this article is to make sure people do their homework first. Don't automatically assume that because the government and big drug companies say something that it is the way it is. There has been plenty of evidence in our past to suggest that the government says what it needs to accomplish its agenda. With the drug companies, they are always in it for one thing and one thing only, money. I won't go into it in this blog but Baxter, one of the main drug companies supplying the vaccine, had applied for the patient to this H1N1 vaccine a year before the outbreak. Just a little food for thought. Before you trust blindly what you are receiving and what you give your kids, look at the sources that are telling you it is safe. Not everything is what it seems when big money and big government are involved. Be safe and do your due diligence before deciding what is safe for you and your family.


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