Flu Scare Game
Courtesy of LewRockwell.com
Note: Though this article was written in 2004, it's even more
relevant today. Don't skip a word of this insightful and important
always know when it's flu season.
the media begins its usual role as hysterical government press secretary,
uncritically trumpeting the same cooked numbers about the coming flu
epidemic. The steady drone of recent broadcasts, including one on
NBC's Today Show (10/6/04), warn that the flu kills about 36,000
people every year in the United States. The broadcasts usually cite
the CDC as the source of this huge number.
is borne out by the main CDC page, with its
immediate link to flu information and statistics. It's a crock,
a lie, and a sham; a conspiracy to generate fear and stampede people
to use a vaccine of questionable effectiveness to the benefit of pro-immunization
bureaucrats, and big pharma. Sounds harsh, but follow the math and
cursory glance at the most recent (2001) death statistics from the
Highlights page posted on the CDC site, shows that Influenza and
Pneumonia (International Cause of Death numbers J10 and J18) killed
62,034 people. Quick mental subtraction would tell you that just over
half were killed by the flu, versus pneumonia, if the 36,000 number
is correct. So far, the size of the flu epidemic seems plausible.
the link to the National Vital Statistics System page within the
CDC site that has the Data Highlights and Full Reports.
is important, because the Data Highlights page is just that, a single
page highlight of all the various mortality stats gathered by the
CDC. Now, let's dig into the more detailed reports. The "Deaths:
Final Data for 2001" report is an 8MB PDF. Skip it unless you
want all the charts detailing deaths by race, age, and ethnicity.
The 2002 preliminary report contains the interesting parts of the
2001 final report, as well as data from 2002. The second search result
for J10 (the mortality code for flu) brings us to page 16 of 48, which
contains the breakout of flu and pneumonia. Total flu deaths for 2002:
753. Pneumonia accounted for the other 65,231 deaths. Scrolling to
the right are the numbers for 2001. Again, total flu deaths were under
one thousand, coming in at 257. That's right, less than a thousand
people died of the flu in 2001 and 2002, according to the CDC's own
around on the CDC website reveals several more pages that call into
question the 36,000 deaths per year number. For example, this
page dedicated to the 2003-04 season states that "152 influenza-associated
deaths among children" occurred during the 2003-04 flu season, but
carefully avoids answering its own question about the total number
of dead in the 2003-2004 season. Instead, it goes on in serious sounding
quasi-scientific statistico blather: "During the 2003-04 season, the
percentage of P & I-associated deaths was higher than the epidemic
threshold for 9 consecutive weeks." Again, lumping pneumonia and flu
deaths together, even though the
CDC does not recognize the flu as one of the many causes of pneumonia.
the CDC's own "Flu
Pandemics" page puts deaths in the United States from the Spanish
Flu Pandemic of 1918-1919 at 500,000, Asian Flu pandemic of 1957-58
at 70,000, and the Hong Kong Flu pandemic of 1968-69 at 34,000. These
are the three 20th century pandemics, and two of them killed close
to what the CDC is now calling average. What's going on here?
is it that the CDC could be off by two orders of magnitude between
their own official mortality stats, and the press kit number of 36,000
deaths per year. Could it be that the CDC is somehow misleading the
public about the relative dangers of the flu?
is a link to the CDC-AMA sponsored National
Influenza Vaccination Summit for 2004. This is an invitation only
conference hosted by the CDC and the American Medical Association.
Luckily for the public, the speaker list, agenda, and presentations
are posted online. The attendees list of this CDC-AMA sponsored event
reads like a lobbying group for flu immunization. Of the 97 attendees,
vaccine manufacturers CHIRON (10), Aventis-Pasteur (10), Medimmune
(5), and Baxter Vaccines (4) were a full 29 strong. Medical Conglomerates
Kaiser Permanente (6) and McKesson (3) rounded out the big corporate
influence cabal. The CDC sent 39 attendees and the AMA (proper, not
members) had 4. The remainder of the attendees were a mix of state
and local health departments (e.g. Rhode Island Medical Society),
smaller pharma companies (e.g. Solvay Pharmaceuticals), and pro-immunization
organizations (e.g. Sabin Vaccine Institute).
did these learned scholars of immunology, virology, and general public
health debate the merits of vaccinating against a virus that kills
less than 1,000 people in most years? Perhaps they were celebrating
the fact that only a few hundred died from the flu, thanks to their
vaccines? Not exactly. The manufacture, distribution, and administration
of flu vaccine is a cash cow, worth several hundred million dollars
a year. Here's a quote from CHIRON
CORP's 2003 Annual Report: "Sales of our flu vaccines were $332.4
million, $90.0 million and $74.7 million in 2003, 2002 and 2001, respectively."
Those numbers represent just the manufacture of flu vaccine, from
one company, not including any of the profits from the distribution,
or administration of the vaccine.
in the speakers presentations from the conference are some interesting
stats. It turns out that 147 children under 18 died of the flu in
the 2003–04 season. Of those, 101 reported whether or not the child
received the flu vaccine. Of those, 22 had received at least one flu
shot, and 4 had received multiple flu shots. That puts the percentage
of immunized children that died at just under 22% of all children
(page 10 of 23, Cochi
in the report we learn that the CDC's own studies show they believe
the flu vaccine to be only 16%-63% effective against the flu, while
a French report shows 61% effectiveness against influenza-like-illness
(without confirming that it's actually the flu). According to a Harvard
presentation, page 26), only 22% of parents of children 6–23 months
had them immunized, and only 30% of children under 18 were immunized.
I'm no Dr.
John Lott when it comes to statistics, but if the ratio of immunized
to non-immunized children in the total population (22%–30%) is nearly
identical to the immunized to non-immunized ratio of children in an
admittedly small sample of children that died (22%), the case could
be made that the flu vaccine is largely worthless.
other words, the best case these needle-happy pro-flu vaccinators
can mount shows that their immunization program would work, maybe,
just over half the time, but some simple number crunching of our own
shows that its probably much less than that. The coup de grace' comes
from one of the CDC's own, Glen Nowak, PhD., in a presentation titled
for the 2004-5 Vaccination Season: A Communication Situation Analysis"
the good doctor lays out a media manipulation campaign that would
proud. Pages 27 on detail a literal "7 Step Recipe" that the CDC will
use, in conjunction with the virus makers, to "(Frame)... the flu
season in terms that motivate behavior (e.g., as very severe, more
severe than last or past years, deadly)".
summarize thus far:
flu kills fewer than 1,000 people on average, not 36,000
Vaccine is of highly dubious effectiveness
CDC and Vaccine Manufacturers are in closed door sessions with the
primary stated purpose of boosting vaccination numbers by spreading
this point, some may think, "Hey, it might be worth getting, just
as a preventative measure. Sort of like throwing a little salt over
your shoulder, what can it hurt?" Plenty. The good Dr. Donald Miller,
cardiac surgeon and Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington
in Seattle, recently did an
article about the dangers of mercury in vaccines and amalgam fillings.
The CDC has a position on Thimerosal (methyl mercury based preservative)
in flu vaccines posted
to its website. Without admitting that Thimerosal might be responsible
for the epidemics of autism, alzheimers, and ADD in this country,
the CDC gives us a sop about taking it out or removing it.
the fine print, however, tells us: "the majority of influenza vaccines
distributed in the United States currently contain Thimerosal as a
preservative." Furthermore, in a bit of regulatory trickery, the FDA
is letting smaller amounts go undisclosed : "..some contain only trace
amounts of Thimerosal and are considered by the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) to be preservative-free." In other words, even if you ask to
see the vaccine label, check for Thimerosal, and get a warm fuzzy
feeling about the shot being labeled "Thimerosal free," thanks to
the FDA's accommodation of drug manufacturers, it could still contain
the major manufacturers of flu vaccine get together with the CDC in
a closed door summit with the sole purpose of figuring out how to
stick 185 million doses of a questionable vaccine into a population
in which less than 1,000 people a year die, what should we call it?
Yes, Virginia, it is a conspiracy. Luckily the conspirators are foolish
enough to believe that their website is safely hidden amidst all the
chaff of the Internet, or else, are so brazen in their contempt for
the general population that they think we can't do a little math and
conclude "The vaccine doesn't work, and the flu is a flim-flam!"
there will be another pandemic of the flu, and thousands will die.
The CDC should concentrate on finding ways to lower the spread, working
alternatives to vaccines, and ways to minimizing the severity of the
flu, rather than pumping out fake numbers, creating an aura of fear
and hysteria, and shilling for profits to huge pharma companies.
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