By Brendan D. Murphy and Aimee Devlin
As winter approaches in Australia, so emerges fear and propaganda: “Get your flu shot before the flu gets you”. Workplaces offer employees free flu vaccines; and media channels provide fearful and constant reminders of how deadly the flu ‘may’ be this season, as predictions from flu-season-psychics are revealed. Medical Centres text patients with unwelcome reminders that they can come in for their jab “for free. Yes, for free!” Pregnant women, those in remote areas, the tribal peoples, and the elderly are targeted too.
Why the hype? Why the scare tactics? Are flu vaccines proven to prevent infection? Are they effective at saving lives? Are flu rates falling? Are the vaccines even safe?
Flu vaccines are not subjected to clinical trials because “it’s time frame for development each year does not allow for trials”. Is it honestly best practice to subject ourselves to injection with a virus grown in the allantoic cavity of embryonated eggs, mixed with, amongst other ingredients, sodium chloride, sodium taurodeoxycholate, (detergent) ovalbumin (egg white protein), sucrose, neomycin, polymyxin B sulfate (antibiotics) and β-propiolactone (“reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen”?1,2 In the instance of influenza vaccines, the people who are given the vaccine are the trial.
When people tell the TGA about any side effects they have experienced using the flu vaccination, it helps the TGA to understand more about the possible side effects that may be previously unknown.3
Fluvax flu vaccine favoured despite adverse events
Fluvax, a vaccine banned for use in children and found to trigger the most side-effects in adults is still being used – and recommended – for Australia’s flu immunisation program. 2012 data revealed by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), revealed Fluvax was four times more likely to trigger side-effects in adults than two rival vaccines. Yet CSL’s Fluvax was given the contract because “an Australian-made product would guarantee supply.” Additionally, despite increased warnings, each year dozens of Fluvax shots are inadvertently or deliberately given to children under five, despite horrific events in 2010. A spokeswoman for the Department of Health recently said:
In 2013 there were 44 children and in 2014, there were “34 confirmed administrations of bioCSL’s Fluvax given to children under five years of age.1
It’s easy to overlook that pharmaceutical companies are chiefly a business, whose role it is to appease shareholders happy and ensure profits exponentially rise. CSL, manufacturer of Fluvax, revealed a net profit after tax of US$692 million for the half year ended 31 December 2014, an increase of US$47 million (7%) on the same period last year.5 It’s subsidiary bioCSL reports:
Sales grew 15% to A$276 million, including strong sales growth to A$116 million for influenza vaccines amidst a severe influenza season in the Northern Hemisphere. . . A moderating influence on growth was a reduction in Gardasil4 sales following the end of the male “catch-up” immunisation program in Australia.6
When the government engages pharmaceutical companies in contract, it’s taxpayers who foot the bill, despite not having any say in the tender process. CSL remains a favoured option in Australia due to its onshore manufacturing facilities, despite Fluvax having triggered febrile convulsions in one in 100 children in 2010. Could there be other reasons CSL is favoured by Australian authorities, not only for the flu vaccine, but also for the infamous Gardasil, a product attributed to the death and destruction of numerous lives around the world?7
Fluvax is definitely not a “safe and effective” vaccine (it is yet to be proven there is such a thing). In a TGA Review of adult adverse events in the 2010 flu season, it was revealed Fluvax was 14.5 times more likely to cause a headache and nine times more likely to cause fatigue than Vaxigrip. Fluvax was 4.4 times more likely to cause vomiting and 10.7 times more likely to cause injection site pain than Influvac. Despite results from a US randomised controlled study illustrating children aged 5 to less than 9 years given Fluvax (known by the brand name Afluria® in the USA) experienced rates of fever twice as high as those in children given another vaccine,8 the TGA does not recommend an alternative, instead placing the onus on a doctor to share the risks versus benefits for the child (in exchange for his/her bonus)9. With 8 other flu vaccines approved for use in Australia (Influvac, Fluarix, Agrippal, Vaxigrip Junior, Vaxigrip and FluQuadri Junior), why does the TGA still approve the use of Fluvax, the vaccine with the most adverse events to its name?10
“Trusted advisors” can’t be trusted
Professor Anne Kelso AO is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Professor Kelso was previously Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza in Melbourne, and trusted member of several governing boards and advisory groups and committees advising WHO and the Australian Government on influenza. Anne’s work is also quoted regularly on popular academic websites such as The Conversation.11
WHO are responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to counconflicttries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
In the 21st century, health is a shared responsibility, involving equitable access to essential care and collective defense against transnational threats.12
In September 2014 WHO determined, via a meeting with advisors, the recommended composition of influenza virus vaccines for use in the 2015 southern hemisphere influenza season. Annex 1 of the report details “Declarations of Interest”. Dr Othmar Engelhardt declared:
Travel cost (flights and hotel) to a conference related to influenza vaccine development under GAP8 program as invited speaker by the vaccine manufacturer BIRMEX.13
In the same meeting, Anne Kelso declared she owned “significant shareholdings” in CSL Ltd, (as reported by WHO). Yet, WHO
concluded that Dr Kelso should continue to serve as an Adviser, considering that the interest was disclosed at the beginning of the consultation, and that, in accordance with the conditions required of all WHO CC Melbourne staff, Dr Kelso has agreed to refrain from acquiring additional shares in companies involved in influenza vaccine manufacture.
The interest declared by Dr Engelhardt was reviewed by WHO and determined not to present a conflict of interest with the objectives of the technical consultation.14
Dr Kelso and Dr Engelhardt participated in the consultation as Advisers. They also both advised on the panel for the February 2015 Northern Hemisphere recommendations.15
Professor Anne Kelso – a government immunisation adviser in charge of a World Health Organisation influenza laboratory, (and now CEO of the nation’s chief medical research council responsible for issuing health advice and guidelines) holding a significant shareholding in Australian pharmaceutical giant CSL – the nation’s sole manufacturer of flu vaccines – isn’t perturbed by this, stating that she she purchased her shares well prior to her appointment in the role in 2007.
I don’t feel there is a conflict (of interest) but I understand some people might think there is.16
In an interview with The Australian, Professor Kelso refused to say how many shares she owned, saying it was a “private matter”.
“Each person makes their own decision about what to do with their money,” she said. “Nothing we do (at the WHO) favours CSL or any other company – we’re simply doing a public health job.”17
Every medical researcher (and layman) knows the definition of a conflict of interest. Kelso’s very own NHMRC state in their “Guideline Development and Conflicts of Interest Handbook :
NHMRC views the identification and management of conflicts of interest as an issue of central importance in ensuring that there is no influence in decision making owing to a competing interest that could erode the integrity of decisions. Developing sound policies for the identification, declaration and management of conflicts of interest is a prerequisite of ensuring public confidence in the integrity of guidelines and other advice issued by NHMRC.18
Having retired from her role at WHO, Kelso is now the Chief Executive Officer of the NHMRC, the primary Australian Government organisation and leading expert body responsible for providing health and medical research funding and developing health advice and guidelines.
Is it possible that Kelso’s holding of a significant number of CSL shares will affect decision-making in her role as head of the NHMRC? Is it acceptable that she holds significant shareholdings in the only Australian manufacturer of influenza vaccine? It is not only plausible, but very likely. It’s an extreme conflict of interest.
CSL’s growth is continues at an amazing rate, with support from the Australian Government and other advisory boards, their Australian manufacturing facilities ensure the company is first choice when vaccines are required (whether they are safe or not). Is it in a pharmaceutical company’s best interest to reduce or increase the influenza rate each year?
In October 2014, CSL signed a $275 million agreement via subsidiary bioCSL to acquire Novartis’ global influenza vaccine business. According to CSL, the combined business is expected to report $1bn sales per annum in the coming three to five years. With manufacturing facilities in the US, UK, Germany and Australia, the combined influenza business is said to become the second largest company in the $4bn global influenza vaccine industry.19
In the revolving door world that is the health, government, media industry, Kelso gets nothing but rapturous applause.
Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, says of Kelso:
Professor Kelso’s distinguished career in medical research and her track record in internationally competitive research in immunology and influenza make her an ideal choice to head up the NMHRC.20
Sussan Ley, Health Minister just announced a $26 million “budget booster”21 which, when combined with the recently announced “no jab, no play, no pay” policy (which removes conscientious and religious vaccine exemptions for those claiming government payments), amounts to bribing and forced medication of children with low income parents. The $26 million, paid by taxpayers, includes an additional $6 bonus payment for GP’s, on top of the $6 they already receive to deliver vaccinations to infants. $12 per jab seems like a hefty incentive for doctors looking to improve their business in their ‘practice’.
This legislation demonstrates governments are tightening up their control and surveillance of citizens. Aside from keeping track of vaccine refusers via their conscientious objection and exemption program, the government now seek to develop a register which records all adolescent vaccines, as well as exploring options to capture adult immunisation records, and siphon more money into creating resources to “dispel common myths about vaccination”. One can simply peruse “Myths and Realities: Responding to arguments against vaccination”22 to see what an utter waste of money this will be.
Though the government pretend legislation changes are for “Busy parents stressed about keeping their child’s vaccinations up to date”23, it’s clear to us that the growing number of armchair researchers, vaccine refusers and conscientious objectors are indeed the catalyst for such extreme measures. Despite sellout mainstream media puppets such as Mamamia and The Project ramming the same tripe down our throats, parents are waking up. Mothers are angry. Even those who vaccinate are angry about a parents’ choice being snatched away.
“In 2014 there were approximately 68,000 influenza notifications, as compared to 28,312 in 2013 and 59,027 in 2009, the year of the swine flu epidemic.” – Sussan Ley, Health Minister24
Just how effective IS the flu jab? (i.e. is someone lying to us?)
A massive epidemiological study (Vaccines for preventing influenza in healthy adults) by Dr. Tom Jefferson et al. of the Cochrane Collaboration – a large body composed of thousands of scientists from around the world – looked at 90 studies containing 116 data sets on the effectiveness of the flu vaccine for a total sample of over 8 million people spanning the years from 1966 to 2013. 24 of these studies (26.7%) were funded totally or partially by industry. This is important, because all REAL investigators understand deeply that the industry is rife with scientific fraud of various forms, experiment rigging, data tampering, obfuscation, coverups, outright lies, and so on. Despite the significant presence of industry-funded studies, the results, which are probably quite optimistic (as Jefferson admitted), were still highly unfavourable to cheerleaders of the flu vax campaign/s. In fact, the bottom line of the results of this study – are you ready for it, dogmatists? – is that flu vaccines are, under normal circumstances, essentially…useless.
You can read the study here and see for yourself (and sample some non-junk science that isn’t manipulated by the industry).
Immunologist, Dr. Tetyana Obhukanovic recently wrote An Open Letter to Legislators Currently Considering Vaccine Legislation and said this regarding flu vaccines:
Among numerous types of H. influenzae, the Hib vaccine covers only type b. Despite its sole intention to reduce symptomatic and asymptomatic (disease-less) Hib carriage, the introduction of the Hib vaccine has inadvertently shifted strain dominance towards other types of H. influenzae (types a through f). These types have been causing invasive disease of high severity and increasing incidence in adults in the era of Hib vaccination of children (see appendix for the scientific study, Item #4). The general population is more vulnerable to the invasive disease [thanks to the vaccine intervention] now than it was prior to the start of the Hib vaccination campaign. Discriminating against children who are not vaccinated for Hib does not make any scientific sense in the era of non-type b H. influenzae disease.25
Overall, there are some 200 strains of influenza, but a vaccine only ever targets (however ineffectively) a handful of those strains at most. The government-sponsored promotion of flu vaccines as being virtual life savers is outright medical fraud. If a herbalist, acupuncturist, or any other form of “alternative” (sensible) health therapist operated so fraudulently as the government and Big Pharma do in conning people with the stupefying mantra of “safe and effective” re: vaccines, they would face severe penalties. There is a blatant double-standard at play here (thank you, TGA!), and vaccine promoters of all stripes are perpetuating it, whether they realise or not (Big Pharma knows WELL and doesn’t give a damn).
Not effective, okay, but tell me how “safe” they are again, Doc!
After a single jab of Fluvax (made by CSL) in April 2010, tiny Saba Button, not yet a full year old, lost the ability to walk and talk. Now five, she suffered “global brain injury, kidney, liver and bone marrow failure and prolonged seizures…Saba was about to celebrate her first birthday when a GP injected a 0.25ml dose of CSL 2010 Fluvax into her left arm. Three days after Saba was admitted into intensive care at Princess Margaret Hospital, Fluvax was recalled. It is now banned for children under five.” Saba’s family succeeded in securing a large payout after suing CSL and the State of WA in Federal Court, possibly over $10 million. During the case it emerged that over 100 abreactions had occurred to the vaccine that summer but no one had bothered to notify the public – you know, because they’re so “safe and effective.” It only came out AFTER Saba and her distraught parents found themselves in intensive care. In 2012 the Therapeutic Goods Administration released admitted Fluvax was four times more likely to trigger side-effects in adults than two rival vaccines.26
Oh, by the way, we could go on and on for pages and pages showing you how UN-safe flu vaccines can be, but we won’t bore you with more than but a few more snippets from our research files:
- H1N1: several recent controlled studies out of Canada identified that ‘prior receipt of 2008–09 TIV (trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine aka regular flu shot) was associated with increased risk of medically attended pH1N1 illness during spring–summer 2009‘; that in fact ‘people vaccinated against seasonal flu are twice as likely to catch swine flu’.27 (emphasis added)
- In 2010 in Perth the flu vaccine targeted for children was ordered suspended by WA’s chief health officer after confirming 23 children were taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth within 12 hours of getting the flu vaccine.28 Let’s hone in on one family’s nightmare: ‘Just hours after a doctor jabbed Sharron Coppin’s children with a world-first flu vaccine, her three-year-old daughter Alivia turned purple. As Coppin raced the shivering Alivia to a Perth hospital emergency ward, her husband called an ambulance for their one-year-old twins, Byron and Lateesha, who had begun convulsing and vomiting at home. Little did the panicked parents realise that the flu shot, provided free by West Australian health authorities, had never been tested in children through clinical trials. “No one warned us this could happen,” Coppin says of the febrile convulsions that afflicted one in every 110 Australian children injected with Fluvax, which combines three strains of seasonal and swine flu. “I just took the doctor’s word. And the doctor obviously trusted that the government had done all the testing. If I had known it hadn’t been tested, I would never have let my kids be used as guinea pigs. I was trying to protect them, not put them in harm’s way.”’29
- ‘Despite increased warnings, each year dozens of Fluvax shots are inadvertently or deliberately given to children under five. In 2012 Lachlan Neylan was left brain damaged after being given the CSL Fluvax shot in 2012 at age 22 months, two years after it had been banned for use in children under five. He was one of 115 children given the banned shot that year.’30
- H1N1 vaccination has seriously spiked miscarriages – at least in the US. See here for more.
Like I said above, we could go on and on providing information about the dangers of just the flu vaccines – to say nothing of the rest! – but we have to move on. Bottom line: It is demonstrably true that flu vaccines are highly ineffective and should also be presumed unsafe across the board, particularly if combined with other vaccines. I’m sick and tired of the zombie refrain of “safe and effective.” Let’s all make the effort to start asking some questions, eh? For now, I will – with great restraint in resisting the temptation to dump truckloads of additional data to prove the point – leave the question of safety with immunologist Tetyana Obukhanych, author of Vaccine Illusion:
It is often stated that vaccination rarely leads to serious adverse events. Unfortunately, this statement is not supported by science. A recent study done in Ontario, Canada, established that vaccination actually leads to an emergency room visit for 1 in 168 children following their 12-month vaccination appointment and for 1 in 730 children following their 18-month vaccination appointment. When the risk of an adverse event requiring an ER visit after well-baby vaccinations is demonstrably so high, vaccination must remain a choice for parents…31
Even (independent) scientists acknowledge it’s all about money (except when it’s about something worse)
In an interview with Der Spiegel magazine in Germany, Jefferson (Cochrane Collaboration), commented on the corporatization of health:
…one of the extraordinary features of…the whole influenza saga — is that there are some people who make predictions year after year, and they get worse and worse. None of them so far have come about, and these people are still there making these predictions. For example, what happened with the bird flu, which was supposed to kill us all? Nothing. But that doesn’t stop these people from always making their predictions. Sometimes you get the feeling that there is a whole industry almost waiting for a pandemic to occur.
The WHO and public health officials, virologists and the pharmaceutical companies. They’ve built this machine around the impending pandemic. And there’s a lot of money involved, and influence, and careers, and entire institutions! And all it took was one of these influenza viruses to mutate to start the machine grinding…32
Says Dr. Russell Blaylock, a respected neurosurgeon and veteran researcher of vaccines: “Vaccines are a pharmaceutical company’s dream. They have a product that both the government and the media will help them sell, and since vaccines are protected [in the USA], they can’t be sued if anyone has a complication…[T]he flu vaccine promotion is a fraud.” He adds: “Here’s the bottom line: the vast number of people who get the flu vaccine aren’t going to get any benefit, but they get all of the risks and complications.”33
When governments offer “free” vaccines for “public health measures” on the one hand (whilst provably lying about safety and efficacy, and hiding proof of harm), and with the other hand, seek to cut off important financial support to parents who choose not to vaccinate their children, one should keep in mind as large a context as possible, retaining the previously detailed information in this article about the flu vaccine fraud, and far, far more information beyond that (which is beyond our scope here). Don’t simply fall for the trap of nonsense concepts like “herd immunity” and other tired old industry memes. Vaccines are a deep and murky subject where even angels fear to tread – though there is no shortage of parasites and opportunists online and in the media who have aligned with pharmaceutical companies and are only too willing to sell their souls in exchange for financial returns or a shot at celebrity (naming no names). All REAL investigators and independent scientists understand that we simply will NOT get the truth through government propaganda outlets in the mass media, or any of the atrocious pro-vax blog sites who rabidly seek to preserve the status quo (and cash in on their conflicts of interest while they’re at it). For that matter, informed doctors – a minority to be sure – will tell you (we could quote from many of them) that their colleagues have been brainwashed and misled on vaccines, and that most have simply uncritically accepted the concocted historical narrative that vaccines “rid us of diseases x, y, and z, and praise the Lord, aren’t they just wonderful, so shut up and trust us.”
Closing sentiments / what the hell happened to us?
“Hey, did you know that flu season is here?”
Yeah? Big deal.
I (Brendan) don’t eat (dwarf) wheat or derivatives thereof (white flour), nor dairy, dead animals, confectionary, and nor do I drink alcohol (well, okay, maybe I have a teeny drink once in a blue moon). I love being outside so I get regular sunshine to bolster my Vit D levels. I sleep on a grounding mat for a constant flow of rejuvenating electrons while I enjoy the Land of Nod (another reason I like to get outside barefoot when I can – free electrons). I train/exercise multiple times a week, so I know my lymphatic system is in good nick. I drink loads of non-fluoridated filtered water (or spring water if I can get it). I have a shower filter so I don’t inhale the noxious chlorine that taints public drinking water. I eat tonnes of superfoods, herbs, raw organic produce, and the cooked good stuff too. I don’t eat processed “food-like” garbage or “foods” with colours, flavours, preservatives, pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides in them. I use rare earth magnets to enhance general healing and longevity. I wear a negative ion-generating wristband to mitigate EM pollution.
I don’t vaccinate myself because I like to read (a lot) and investigate and observe the world around me, speaking to others who do the same. (Note: I have lost count of the number of parents who have observed that their non-vacc’d kids run rings around their vaccinated counterparts, and are FAR less addled by illness.)
I am familiar to different degrees with well over a dozen different natural healing modalities that ARE actually “safe and effective.” I understand the power of my mind in health and healing. I understand that pharmaceutical products are poor reductionist imitations of nature’s holistic plant-based medicines that lack the multitude of toxic co-effects and imbalances that Big Pharma bandaids brings us.
Oh yeah, and I don’t get sick.
So why the hell would I vaccinate myself with a chemical cocktail of foreign substances both known and unknown (of which most doctors know nothing), just because it got a little colder, and do it knowing that the biological science behind the practice is some 200 years out of date? Why would I ignore the obvious vaccine carnage revealed by my years of investigation and put myself in harm’s way?
Man up, Australia. It’s time to start using some common sense once more. We used to be the land of the tough bronzed Aussie with the devil-may-care attitude. What happened?
When did we become so cathected to authority?
When did we stop asking questions?
When did we become so naive and so gullible?
When did we fall so in love with political correctness?
When did we become so pathologically afraid of truth?
When did we sell our souls to the machine/technocracy for the illusions of convenience, safety, and security?
When did we decide to marginalise or even ostracize people for asking questions and sharing unpleasant truths?
And when did we decide to start blaming the victims of vaccination instead of actually weighing the evidence?
Direct inoculation is the best way to cause an infection, which is why vaccines are insane to begin with (be they injected by a poisoned syringe or a patch with “10,000 tiny projections”)…We know that vaccines do not prevent disease, they GIVE the disease. –Dr. R. Carly
I think that no person would permit anybody to get close to them with an inoculation if they would really know how they are made, what they carry, what has been lied to them about them and what the real percent of danger is of contracting such a disease which is minimal. – Dr. Eva Snead
Vaccines: For immunization against intelligence, healthy neurologic function, population growth, natural immunity, health, and common sense. – BDM
Emily Moulton, Parents of Saba Button who was victim of flu vaccine debacle receive payout from WA Government, perthnow.com.au
Lindy Kerin, Children’s flu vaccine suspended, http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2010/s2881076.htm
Natasha Bita, A flu jab too close for comfort, www.theaustralian.com.au
Jane Hansen, New vaccine for deadly H3N2 virus flu mutation being produced by CSL in Australia, http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/new-vaccine-for-deadly-h3n2-virus-flu-mutation-being-produced-by-csl-in-australia/story-fni0cx12-1227272793908
Obukhanych, op. cit.
F. William Engdahl, WHO “Swine Flu Pope Under” Investigation, December 8, 2009,http://www.financialsensearchive.com/editorials/engdahl/2009/1208.html
Sylvia Booth Hubbard, Johns Hopkins Scientist Slams Flu Vaccine, 16 May 2013, newsmax.com