Nurses Fired over Declining The Flu Shot

CNN News reports that several nurses in Indiana refused the flu shot, and then were fired for not taking it.  Sue Schrock and others chose not to receive the shot for medical as well as religious reasons, and the hospital chose to fire her over that decision.  This isn’t new, hospital employees have had their jobs threatened over denying vaccinations for years.

What is new, is that this story is becoming common place.  Many of you remember the two major flu scares that turned into nothing in the last eight years.  First the Bird Flu (Avian Flu) was hyped up to pandemic proportions, even though the flu itself did little damage that year.  One of the reasons this, as well as the shortly following swine flu, were exploited to such levels, the falsified data that is often used when reporting on flu deaths.

The CNN Live video that can be found here: http://youtu.be/7jnaQWTusyQ   is a great way to get in touch with false reporting.  The chief medical correspondent uses an often overstated stat, that 36,000 people die each year from the flu.  Fortunately, she is dead wrong.  The CDC reports that in our country, about 2,000 people at most die in a single year from the flu.  But as we look closer, we will find the 36,000 number to actually be directly attributable to pneumonia.  Pneumonia can come from the flu, but the reality is that it can come from almost any type and kind of infection, both viral and bacterial.

Influenza vaccine supporting policy makers, drug manufacturers and medical doctors (anyone who stands to profit from the vaccine in most cases); has been “borrowing” this 36,000 number for years.    It makes for a pretty convincing NEED for a drug that will save you from flu risk… but will it save you?

Let me pull out an excerpt from the NY Time from this past November for you.  If you have always turned your ear when we start spouting negativity about the flu shot, its time you focused in:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/05/reassessing-flu-shots-as-the-season-draws-near/

For vaccine manufacturers, it’s a bonanza:Influenza shots — given every year, unlike many other vaccines — are a multibillion-dollar global business.

But how good are they?

Last month,, in a step tantamount to heresy in the public health world, scientists at the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota released a report saying that influenza vaccinations provide only modest protection for healthy young and middle-age adults, and little if any protection for those 65 and older, who are most likely to succumb to the illness or its complications. Moreover, the report’s authors concluded, federal vaccination recommendations, which have expanded in recent years, are based on inadequate evidence and poorly executed studies.

These are the scientists who are paid to produce more information that supports using flu shots, not the opposite.  But they couldn’t deny the research that was lying in front of them.  Conscious overcame the pocket book, and the report comes out as it should be.

Sue shouldn’t have lost her job.  She made a choice to avoid the toxins of the shot, and in so doing, upset the policy based more on image and profitability than anything else.  Most vaccines have not been blockbuster drugs, but the flu shot always is.  Look back through our archives, and read about the year that Rumsfield made millions, as he influenced the decision for the government to pour billions into buying the Avian flu vaccine (didn’t really exist as it was later found to be inadequate against that strain).  The vaccine was manufactured by a company that he had significant ownership in.  The patent was held by a different company, but his involvement was on the production side.

Money seems to sit behind so many of these decisions. Be well, don’t be fooled. – Dr. E

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