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:

THE VACCINE
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
PREVENTION
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?
IMPACT
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).

169 comments

Jeanne R
Jeanne R5 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R5 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R5 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R5 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R5 months ago

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Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

Thanks for posting.

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Anne Byam
Anne Byam7 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).

http://www.juicing-for-health.com/asparagus.html

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

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Brenda Y.
Brenda Y7 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.

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Brenda Y.
Brenda Y7 years ago

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

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Anne Byam
Anne Byam7 years ago

To BRENDA Y -

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.

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