Even those who deliberately chose to forego vaccination against the H1N1 swine flu last year will have to receive the shot if they want protection against the seasonal flu.
Every year, researchers pick three influenza strains that they expect to be circulating, and include those in that year’s vaccine. This year, one of the three strains selected is H1N1 swine flu.
Yet many of those who neglected to get vaccinated against swine flu last year did so out of concerns that a vaccine rushed into production might not be safe. Indeed, the history of flu vaccination gives good reason for such concerns.
“In 1976 an extensive flu vaccination program in America led to a massive outbreak of Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disease affecting the nervous system,” writes Andreas Moritz in the book Timeless Secrets of Health & Rejuvenation.
“The outbreak, known as the ‘Great Swine Flu Fiasco,’ paralyzed 656 people and 30 elderly persons were found dead within hours after they were vaccinated.”
“Various investigations concluded that the problems caused by the swine flu vaccine occurred because the vaccine was produced in too much of a rush,” write Elinor Levy and Mark Fischetti of the incident in their book The New Killer Diseases.
“Tests were not yet conclusive about the right dosage. Side effects were not thoroughly explored.”
As a consequence, many conscientious H1N1 vaccine objectors are angry that they must choose between getting a vaccine they don’t want or not getting one they do.
“At the very least there should be consumer choice so that patients can get what they want rather than this one-size fits all,” said Jackie Fletcher of the United Kingdom-based vaccine awareness nonprofit JABS. “We also want to know that the Department of Health carefully examines every adverse reaction to swine flu jabs, so we can be reassured the jab is safe.”