Sebelius cannot deflect worries over nasal flu mist containing live H1N1 virus
Wednesday, Oct 7, 2009
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has implored Americans to take the H1N1 vaccination and to immunise their children against swine flu.
The government’s $16 million propaganda drive to persuade Americans to get the swine flu vaccine and to erase public skepticism over the safety of immunizations is now in full flow, with Sebelius appearing on almost every major news network today.
Sebelius attempted to dispel skepticism over the vaccine by calling it “safe and secure” and declaring that it “has been made exactly the same way seasonal vaccine has been made, year in and year out.”
That is exactly the problem, however, given that authorisation for both the GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis vaccines was fast tracked based on research using “mock up” bird flu (H5N1) vaccines dating from 2007 and 2008.
When asked on CNN to respond to several nationwide polls indicating that Americans do not trust the vaccine because it has been rushed through safety procedures, Sebelius said that it was “targeted specifically at the H1N1 virus”, despite the fact that the pharmaceutical companies themselves admit that there is “no clinical experience in the elderly, in children or in adolescents” with their new vaccines.
In a CBS interview on The Early Show, Sebelius stated that the government’s initial target was to vaccinate “about half the population”.
Many Americans will remain wary, however, due to the fact that the government has provided pharmaceutical companies with blanket immunity from lawsuits arriving out of the vaccine causing deaths and injuries.
The government has also established an extensive tracking system to watch for side effects.
According to the New York Times, this involves “responding rapidly” to news stories linking the vaccines to heart attacks, strokes, seizures, spontaneous miscarriages and the severe nerve disease Guillain-Barré Syndrome.
The move mirrors that of the British government, which sent a confidential letter to senior neurologists in August telling them to be on the alert for cases of Guillain-Barré, which could be triggered by the vaccine.
During the CBS interview with Sebelius she was also asked about concerns doctors have over the nasal flu mist actually contributing to the spread of the virus, due to the fact that it contains live H1N1 virus.
She did not say anything regarding those concerns and instead moved straight on to talking about the injectible vaccines.
The injectible H1N1 shots, which Sebelius says will become available by the end of this week and be shipped out to 90,000 pre-determined sites across the country, will contain mercury and squalene, adjuvants linked to Guillain-Barré, which killed more people than the actual flu virus the last time a pandemic was declared in 1976.
Watch the CBS interview with Sebelius:
This article was posted: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 8:20 am