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In 1976 in the U.S., President Ford gave the go-ahead for a mass vaccination for the swine flu as he careened down the steps of Air Force One. As it turned out, far more people died from the vaccine than from the disease itself.
The U.S. government paid out millions of dollars to families of those who died from the vaccine, but since the swine flu seems to, on average, develop into nothing more than a mild form of your run-of-the-mill flu, this is something to think about as the WHO considers another vaccination program for swine flu:
A warning that the new swine flu jab is linked to a deadly nerve disease has been sent by the Government to senior neurologists in a confidential letter.
The letter from the Health Protection Agency, the official body that oversees public health, has been leaked to The Mail on Sunday, leading to demands to know why the information has not been given to the public before the vaccination of millions of people, including children, begins.
It tells the neurologists that they must be alert for an increase in a brain disorder called Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), which could be triggered by the vaccine.
The rest of the article in The Mail today is here.
In 1976, 25 people died from the vaccine, and one person died from swine flu — though it’s impossible to tell how many would have died had the vaccine not been administered.
Not to go all “Jenny McCarthy” here, because that’s certainly not what I advocate, but it’s just something to consider — especially since the swine flu has so far demonstrated itself to be nothing more than an annoying mild flu in otherwise healthy people.
If the government really believes a catastrophic pandemic is imminent, then they’ll have no problem at all letting people know of the risks vs. the benefits, though I realize that expecting the government to trust a fully informed people to be smart enough to make up their own minds is at best a naive concept.