Swine Flu Vaccine: What To Do?

Summer is over and the question I am being asked most frequently in my practice is, “what do I do about Swine flu?” My patients are wondering whether or not they should get vaccinated and the simple answer I give most of the time is ..NO!

From what you may have read, you might think that the swine flu vaccine is the answer to swine flu. Unfortunately this is not true and until we know that the vaccine is safe, I cannot in good conscience recommend it to most of my patients.

From the outset, let me say, I am not anti all vaccinations, rather I am pro vaccine safety and freedom of choice.

This is why am I not recommending the swine flu vaccine:

1. At this stage, for the most part the swine flu seems benign.

Over a million people in the US have already come down with swine flu, many of them without even knowing that they had it. The vast majority of people who get the swine flu recover after a week or so of high fever, aches, and respiratory distress. It’s not pleasant, but except in rare circumstances, it is not fatal. Most people who’ve been infected by swine flu think so little of it, they believe they just had a really bad cold or a regular flu. So unless the swine flu evolves to a much more virulent form, there’s no need for mass vaccination.

2. We don’t know if the vaccine will be effective.

Vaccines are only useful against the specific viral strain that was available at the time of their manufacture. But influenza viruses mutate quickly, and as the WHO has already said, the real concern with H1N1 swine flu is that it will combine with seasonal flu in the Fall, creating a new strain that will of course be immune to all available vaccines.

Next: Is the vaccine safe?

3. We don’t know if the vaccine is safe.

The FDA has authorized an expedited approval process for the swine flu vaccine, but we don’t know yet if it is safe. Even GlaxoSmithKline, one of the vaccine manufacturers has said, “The total population studied in clinical trials will be limited, due to the need to provide the vaccine to governments as quickly as possible. Additional studies will therefore be required and conducted after the vaccine is made available.”

In other words, the only thing that is safe, is to say that no one knows. Since it’s never been used before and they have not had time to conduct any sufficient human testing, by getting vaccinated you are being a human guinea pig.

4. Vaccine manufacturers have been insulated from liability by the government.

The Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius has granted legal immunity not only to the makers of the two drugs being used to treat swine flu, Tamiflu and Relenza, but also to the swine flu vaccine makers, for damages due to their use against swine flu. By effectively manipulating the legal system, the Pharmaceutical Industry through their powerful lobbyists have acquired almost complete and total insulation from any liability for their vaccines and adjuvants, which are additives added to generate a stronger immune response. It is believed that it is these adjuvants which often cause the problems. The last time the government embarked on a major vaccine campaign against a new swine flu was in 1976. Thousands filed claims for side effects such as paralysis caused by the vaccine and a number of people died. I am sure that the researchers know more now than they did last time and no one can say for certain that bad things will happen again or that you will suffer dire consequences if you get vaccinated. But this time you have no legal recourse even though this vaccine involves new factors, which makes it therefore experimental and unpredictable.

By shielding the manufacturers from any responsibility for any harm caused, the pharmaceutical firms have no financial incentive to make the safest product. In fact, they have a negative incentive to test it for safety, because if they are aware of problems, then they could potentially be held liable for willful misconduct.

Instead I advise my patients to build up and strengthen their immune systems to prevent viral infections.

Read more from the Care2 Swine Flu Project here:

Swine Flu Vaccine: What to Do?
H1N1 Vaccine-Tested In Animals First
Safety Concerns Swirl Around H1N1 Vaccine
Swine Flu (H1N1) Experts And Bill Maher On The Vaccine And Managing Your Risk
Keep Swine Flu Out Of Your House
Swine Flu Symptoms & Prevention
Swine Flu: The Single Best Way to Prevent Illness
Swine Flu Parties
Swine Flu: Can Cinnamon Fight It?
My Life With Swine Flu
H1N1 A Challenge For Working Mothers
H1N1 And Your Pets (Really!)
Toxic Pollution And The Swine Flu Vaccine
Germ-Free Children: Freaking Out About Swine Flu

Frank Lipman MD, is the founder and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in NYC a center whose emphasis is on preventive health care and patient education. His personal blend of Western and Eastern Medicine combined with the many other complimentary modalities he has studied, has helped thousands of people recover their energy and zest for life. He is the author of the recent SPENT: End Exhaustion and Feel Great Again (2009) and Total Renewal; 7 key steps to Resilience, Vitality and Long-Term Health (2003).


Danuta Watola
Danuta W4 years ago

Thanks for posting.

Anne Byam
Anne Byam6 years ago

BRENDA - thanks for the info. Didn't see where that site had been updated just this month - I probably just didn't look carefully enough ! As for Vitamin D - that in particular is soooo essential, especially as we don't get as much sunshine as we used to be able to - (rightful concern over melanoma's etc.).
I try to grow as many of my own vegetables as possible, plus herbs which I love using. I NEVER use pesticides which are lethal or anything else on my plants. I am all for natural anything that's possible to be, with just a few exceptions (meaning I do take meds when I really have to). Our dinner table is packed with as much that contains anti-oxidants /Omega 3 as I can put there. I take fish oil daily and we eat quite a bit of fish (although mercury in fish can be bit of a worry there). We eat a lot of asparagus & mushrooms - mushrooms being the ONLY fresh vegetable containing Vitamin D. You probably already know all this, but you might like to have a look at the following site, showing the attributes of asparagus (which is delicious).


Happy, healthy living - and thanks again ....

Brenda Y.
Brenda Y6 years ago

The thing is, when you start using natural methods, such as vitamin D and you start to realize it really does work. You began to start trusting in it more and more like I have. Truth is there is so much information to support both sides and it can get confusing. But I would rather try a natural way first then some Man made stuff. Where there is BIG money to be made. I can grow an herbal garden my self.

Brenda Y.
Brenda Y6 years ago

The information came out in April 6, 2010. The 2009 part is when the H1N1 was going around.

Anne Byam
Anne Byam6 years ago


That IS an interesting article - the URL you posted ... very interesting, and thank you. It does refer to 2008 and 2009 studies and references, but nothing seems to have been updated since.

I couldn't agree more - the pharma companies have MUCH to account for (but they never will of course) being the overall greedy buzzards they are. Most people are not blind to their money hungry antics and power hungry purposes. Still and all, I would have to question the validity of a couple of their claims, being as the site is, predisposed to so-called 'natural health', Got nothing whatsoever against natural health I might add ... I take mult-V's, glucosomine, calcium, and particularly Vitamin D. which is essential for well being for all, & especially for people getting on in years. ( Taking of Vitamin D was heavily mentioned on that site's URL you gave).

While here I might tell you, on our own channel 7 TV internet site, just this very day, there is an article about how Multi-vitamins can cause women to be more prone to breast cancer. !!! Bull sh....!! What a load of utter rubbish the media put out. The media promote anything that just may put fear into the masses.

Thanks again ... always interesting to read different viewpoints.

Victoria K.
V K6 years ago

I suggest to anyone interested in knowing why I continue to comment on Anne's RANTS, to please re-read all (at this time of writing) 157 comments under this article. You will see that Anne has been the one to slam others on here because they also had a "worthy opinion", however, it just wasn't HER opinion. She is rude beyond belief.

I stand for those that have a right to an opinion, a right to comment on here and anywhere else they wish, a right to post and not get badgered with demeaning words. One should be able to write what they wish and expect that others will have their own views and possibly, most likely, will continue a good-natured debate on various subjects without getting into a "high school mentality" argument, complete with name-calling. We are all God's children and should be glad that others care enough to give their opinions. I learn a lot from those that post with helpful website addresses or relate something from an article they are familiar with. I am thankful for them and hope they will continue to do so.

As for people like Anne- methinks she likes to WHINGE! I will continue to stand up for those she is calling paranoid, whingey, extremists with her holier than thou attitude, with a side-dish of twisted self-gratification.

You cannot quiet those with good intentions. They will be represented by many, and I am included in that mission. Their words will be "heard" also. Whatever the issue, keep writing. You are worthy, too!


Victoria K.
V K6 years ago

Thank you, Brenda Y, for posting the URL. Interesting, to say the least.


Anne Byam
Anne Byam6 years ago

DEAR dear VICTORIA !!! to answer your rather odd queries and post :

1) I was prompted to comment in reply to your rather - er - nasty wish (in your last but one post) to Robert B. which was "Sure wish you could have finished your last post. I would have loved to read the rest of what you wanted to write".
Now that was plain nasteee !! Check it out folks.

2) I don't have to explain to you or anyone, what research I do. The only person being 'contradictory' is you, Victoria. !! You might think you are God's gift to humanity and the only one who has a worthy opinion - eh ? but you are NOT. There ARE others in this world with a right to an opinion, a right to opinions based on facts btw.

3) Your comment on my post being 'moot' and 'contradicting your (my) own comments" doesn't make one iota of sense to me or most likely to anyone else reading this diatribe. I have stood up for the validity of vaccinations against flu - so - what do you stand for ? Would LOVE to know. You've tripped yourself up there big time, lady.

4) Have to ask you the same question " Why are YOU commenting - hm?" , when you have so very little to say that is worthwhile or helpful.

5) So glad you have a good life - go, get back to it. Leave Care2. posts behind.

I frankly don't wish to involve myself with people who are hell-bent on being destructive, obtuse and abusive. Cos that's what you've recently sunk to. Have a good one Victoria !!

Brenda Y.
Brenda Y6 years ago


Brenda Y.
Brenda Y6 years ago

Here is more info, http://www.naturalnews.com/028558_vaccines_fraud.html .This one is about fraud.
I had also came across information that those who had the 2008 regular flu shot increased there risk of getting the H1N1 and if you had the flu shot further back in years, your risk was higher. As long as they are making money they are ok, as soon as they are at risk of losing a profit or there job is on the line they will do what ever they have to, point the finger in the other direction. If you can be intimidated in your job or threatened or persuaded to take credit or not, you know they go through the same thing its just bigger risks and they lose more.