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Are You One in 111 Million?

Today marks the start of National Influenza Vaccination Week and so I ask; are you one in 111 million?

If you’ve already received your influenza vaccination this season than, congratulations…you are!

According to today’s telebriefing on U.S. influenza activity and vaccination rates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s estimated that as many as 36% of the general public (which represents a total of 111 million) have been vaccinated against seasonal influenza in the U.S. as of the beginning of November.   These mid-fall statistics were compiled after phone surveys were conducted during the first two weeks of November, and while final results will not be available until the end of the season, all indications are pointing to a slight increase in this season’s flu vaccine uptake versus last year’s data.

According to the CDC’s estimates, influenza rates among the general public are up about 3.5% from this time last year.  What’s even more encouraging are that the statistics suggest greater vaccine coverage among certain high-risk populations including children, seniors and pregnant women.

As of the beginning of November, surveys indicate that 37% of children had been vaccinated this year, as compared to 31% at this time last year.  While 90% of these children were vaccinated in a medical setting, 5% received doses at school and others took advantage of greater accessibility to the vaccine by utilizing commercial sites such as pharmacies.

Since seniors tend to be some of the most high risk flu patients each year, it’s great to hear that the highest overall uptake of the vaccine this year has been seen among senior citizens, with 62% of people 65 and over having already been vaccinated.  And since pregnant women tend to develop complications from influenza at the same rate as the elderly population, it’s reassuring to note that nearly 43% of pregnant women have already been vaccinated, and about half of those received their vaccines from their OB/GYN.

Another encouraging trend was among healthcare personnel.  It appears that there have been a 7% increase in vaccination uptake among healthcare personnel this year, as compared with this same time last year.  As of November, 63% of healthcare personnel had already been vaccinated and 79% of them were vaccinated at work.  Since about 200,000 people are hospitalized in the U.S. each year with influenza, and roughly 36,000 people die from influenza each year, it’s not only important for healthcare workers to be vaccinated in order to prevent the spread of influenza to patients they are treating, but also to protect themselves.

With all this great news coming out today, it’s important that we stress that if haven’t had a flu shot yet, than National Influenza Vaccination Week is a perfect time to get out and do it.

Consider these points: 

  • It takes two weeks to build immunity after receiving the vaccine.
  • People tend to fall victim to disease as they travel and congregate with family over the December holidays.
  • Early indications suggest that the strains circulating this year appear to be a good match to the protection offered in this year’s vaccine.
  • Influenza typically peaks in the winter months, so it’s important to be vaccinated before you risk exposure.
  • The supply of influenza vaccine is fixed, so if you want to ensure you get vaccinated, don’t delay.

For more information regarding influenza and vaccination, check out the Vaccinate Your Baby website, and the CDC’s dedicated flu pages .  We hope you’ll stay tuned this week as we draw attention to various events happening as part of National Influenza Vaccination Week.

  1. December 5, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I’m so excited to see such promising news on the number of people getting vaccinated. I had feared that since H1N1 is not a huge threat numbers would go down. It seems the public is taking charge of their health and listening to all the important messages about life-saving vaccines. Wouldn’t it be great if we could say at the end of the year that we didn’t lose any children this year!!!!

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  2. Katie Beecher
    December 6, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Wake up America. My mother trusted the CDC and thought the flu shot was safe. Now she is permanently paralyzed and can’t even sit up or feed herself. She will never recover. She was a nursing professor. Now she just sits in bed and watches TV. Her neurologists said they have seen many similar cases. Watch her video to learn more. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRcZZROphLM

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  3. December 7, 2011 at 4:00 am

    VaccInations, including flu shots, are an absolute fraud.

    “Belief in immunization is a form of delusional insanity.”
    Dr Herbert Shelton, USA

    If its any consolation, I also used to be a brainwashed moron for many years, until I found out that vaccination is an ugly and brutal money-making racket.

    I had my last vaccination 40 years ago and plan to delay any further vaccinations until I have died. Until then, I suggest the needle nuts stick their vaccines into their own anatomy!

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  4. Erwin Alber Junior
    December 7, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I was vaccinated and it turned me into a newt! I got better. But that’s not the point, the point is this: listen to MY unproven anecdote, damnit! No, never mind I have a much better anecdote anyway:

    I got vaccinated and it gave me a weird type of obsessive-compulsive disorder…I feel compelled to visit websites all over the Internet and copy/paste the same quote from a discredited quack into the comments every single time.

    I mean the same bloody quack’s quote every single time! I think that vaccination destroyed my imagination, creativity and capacity for critical thought – I’m doomed to roam the Internet, mindlessly copying & pasting the same bullshit everywhere I go…

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  5. Chris
    December 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Show us the case report from PubMed, please.

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  6. December 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Chris – only between 1 – 10% victims of the vaccine holocaust are reported to VAERS. What makes you think that every vaccine-related injury is reported in PubMed?

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  7. Chris
    December 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Mr. Alber, have you found any more faked graphs that you like lately?

    You must be so proud that because of your efforts New Zealand is having a measles outbreak with at least 70 people needing hospital treatment.

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  8. Chris
    December 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    VAERS is not PubMed. VAERS is a self-selected survey which is just raw data, and is useless until analyzed. Which is where it gets indexed on PubMed. But how would know that if you think hand drawn lines on graph are real?

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  9. Marlene
    December 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    “The chief, if not the sole, cause of the monstrous increase in cancer has been vaccination” – Dr. Robert Bell, once Vice President International Society for Cancer Research at the British Cancer Hospital
    Who is saying the vaccines are contaminated? None other than the (now deceased) head of vaccines at Merck, Dr. Maurice Hillerman, who on camera admitted that Merck’s Hepatitis B vaccines, contaminated with a virus, caused the AIDS epidemic in the US. He went on to say that all of Merck’s vaccines are contaminated with cancer and other viruses. (The US government has conceded the HEB B vaccine causes Lupus. That vaccine is mandated for every infant in the US on the day of birth, and is associated with MS as well.)
    There are unanswered questions about vaccine safety. . .No one should be threatened by the pursuit of this knowledge.” – Bernardine Healy, M.D. Health Editor of U.S. News & World Report and former director if National Institutes of Health.
    “There is a great deal of evidence to prove that immunisation of children does more harm than good.” – Dr. J. Anthony Morris (formerly Chief Vaccine Control Officer at the US Federal Drug Admin.)
    Deaths from measles in 1900 were 13 per 100.000 population. In 1948 , less than one . Measles vaccine introduced in 1963. Deaths from Scarlet Fever in 1912 were 12 per 100.000 population. 1948. less than one.. There wasn’t a vaccine for scarlet fever. Deaths from childhood disease in 1900 were 75.4 per 100,000. In 1950 the deaths from childhood diseases were 1.7. Morris Fishbein, M.D. 1958. Fishbein was editor of the American Medical association.
    “You can’t vaccinate believing that your children are protected and then feel that your children are not protected because somehow, some non-vaccinated child is carrying some secret organism that no one else is carrying. It just doesn’t make any sense.” — Dr. Larry Palevsky, pediatrician

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  10. Marlene
    December 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    According to the BMJ (British Medical Journal), the US inflates its influenza death figures every year.
    http://www.bmj.com/content/331/7529/1412?tab=full

    “US data on influenza deaths are a mess. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledges a difference between flu death and flu associated death yet uses the terms interchangeably. Additionally, there are significant statistical incompatibilities between official estimates and national vital statistics data. Compounding these problems is a marketing of fear—a CDC communications strategy in which medical experts “predict dire outcomes” during flu seasons.”

    “David Rosenthal, director of Harvard University Health Services, said, “People don’t necessarily die, per se, of the [flu] virus—the viraemia. What they die of is a secondary pneumonia. So many of these pneumonias are not viral pneumonias but secondary [pneumonias].” But Dr Rosenthal agreed that the flu/pneumonia relationship was not unique. For instance, a recent study (JAMA 2004;292: 1955-60) found that stomach acid suppressing drugs are associated with a higher risk of community acquired pneumonia, but such drugs and pneumonia are not compiled as a single statistic.”

    “At the 2004 “National Influenza Vaccine Summit,” co-sponsored by CDC and the American Medical Association, Glen Nowak, associate director for communications at the NIP, spoke on using the media to boost demand for the vaccine. One step of a “Seven-Step ‘Recipe’ for Generating Interest in, and Demand for, Flu (or any other) Vaccination” occurs when “medical experts and public health authorities publicly…state concern and alarm (and predict dire outcomes)—and urge influenza vaccination” (www.ama-assn.org/ama1/pub/upload/mm/36/2004_flu_nowak.pdf). Another step entails “continued reports…that influenza is causing severe illness and/or affecting lots of people, helping foster the perception that many people are susceptible to a bad case of influenza.”

    “If flu is in fact not a major cause of death, this public relations approach is surely exaggerated. Moreover, by arbitrarily linking flu with pneumonia, current data are statistically biased. Until corrected and until unbiased statistics are developed, the chances for sound discussion and public health policy are limited.”

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  11. Marlene
    December 7, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    And wouldn’t it be great if we could say we didn’t lose any children to vaccine injuries this year? I know of 2 that died in August alone, from their 6 month old vaccines. ONe of them died that very night. The other went into seizures at the doctors office. They rushed her to the hospital and she remained there. Her fever never got below 104 degrees and she continued to have seizures. She was on life support for two weeks and then there was nothing else they could do. They removed her from life support. This are two 6 month old babies, one female and one male, who will never learn to walk or talk. They are gone, because of vaccines. And this was admitted by the doctors who gave the shots and by the medical staff at the hospitals. Also, another 22 month old died in June of 2010. He started having seizures right after his 6 month old shots. He suffered with the seizures from 6 months old to 22 months old when he died. These are real children, they are not just numbers or stories. These are real families who are suffering. And there are thousands more of us out here who have not lost our children to death, but have children who have serious illnesses and disabilities. Why is it more important that children not die from flu than it is important that children not die or be injured from vaccines? Why are our kids so unimportant?

    ***Before the 1960’s most children contracted common measles in the US. Complications were very rare and usually self-limiting. A vaccine is unnecessary.
    Measles was already on the Decline.
    Vaccination had nothing to do with the continued decline in the incidence of measles in the US. From 1958 to 1962, a year before the measles vaccine was introduced, the number of cases had already fallen 38%. More generally, the death rate from measles in United States and Great Britain had fallen by 98% from 1915 to 1958.
    Alderson, M International Mortality Statistics (Washington, DC Facts on File., 1981) pp. 182-183
    ***Epidemics Regularly Occur in Highly Vaccinated Population
    Large outbreaks often have showed that over 95% were previously vaccinated with measles.
    FDA. “FDA workshop to review warnings, use instructions, and precautionary information (on vaccines).” (Rockland, Maryland: FDA, September 18, 1992, p 27.
    ***Before 1963 (introduction of measles vaccine) infants under one year of age were extremely unlikely to contract measles because their mother had developed life-long immunity from natural measles and conferred antibodies to their infant. By 1992, over 28% of measles cases occurred in infants, when they’re most at risk of complications. CDC. Cited in Haney, D.Q. “Wave of infant measles stems from ’60’s vaccinations.” Albuquerque Journal (November 23, 1992), p B3
    ***As US infants got 5 DPT shots, this translates to a 1 in 62000 risk of permanent brain damage.
    A hypotonic–hyporesponsive episode (HHE) is the sudden onset of hypotonia, hyporesponsiveness, and pallor or cyanosis that occurs within 48 hours after childhood immunizations. This syndrome has been primarily associated with pertussis-containing vaccines administered to children <2 years of age, and has been estimated to occur once every 1750 diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTwP) vaccinations.
    Hypotonic–Hyporesponsive Episodes Reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), 1996–1998, Pediatrics Vol. 106 No. 4 October 1, 2000, http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/106/4/e52.abstract
    ***VACCINATION AGAINST WHOOPING-COUGH: Efficacy versus Risks
    The Lancet, Volume 309, Issue 8005, 29 January 1977, Pages 234-237.
    Calculations based on the mortality of whooping-cough before 1957 predict accurately the subsequent decline and the present low mortality. Notifications of incidence, though variable and incomplete, follow the same pattern of steady decline in the United Kingdom and are unaffected either by small-scale vaccination beginning about 1948 or by nationwide vaccination beginning in 1957. When valid comparisons can be made, attack-rates may be lower and complications fewer in vaccinated children, but allowance has to be made for overcrowding and socioeconomic differences which may be more important as determinants of attack-rates. No protection by vaccination is demonstrable in infants. Adverse reactions and neurotoxicity following vaccinations were studied in 160 cases. In 79, the relationship to pertussis vaccine was strong. In 14 of these cases, reaction was transient but characteristic of a syndrome of shock and cerebral disturbance, which, in the other 65 cases, was followed by convulsions, hyperkinesis, and severe mental defect. It seems likely that most adverse reactions are unreported and that many are overlooked. Precise information about the efficacy and safety of this vaccine is lacking, because existing provisions, national and international, for epidemiological surveillance and evaluation are inadequate. The claim by official bodies that the risks of whooping-cough exceed those of vaccination is questionable, at least in the U.K.
    Here is an article from the British Medical Journal, it is what the medical professionals would call a credible publication: http://www.bmj.com/content/333/7560/174.full These children in this study were vaccinated with the vaccine that is supposed to protect them from the type of pertussis they got. "A substantial proportion of immunised school age children presenting to UK primary care with a persistent cough had evidence of a recent infection with Bordetella pertussis." "Our results show that a substantial proportion of school age children with persistent cough who present in primary care have evidence of a recent Bordetella pertussis infection. Despite this, general practitioners rarely diagnose and notify whooping cough in this age group. Most of the children in our study had received a full set of primary immunisations." Bordetella pertussis is the strain that the children are vaccinated for, and yet here they are infected with the illness.

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  12. Marlene
    December 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Sorry I meant to say “he died in 2001” not 2010. My typing is erradict sometimes.

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  13. Chris
    December 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Marlene, did someone tell you it was “cut and paste” day? All of the items of your Gish Gallop have been addressed here several times each.

    Here is an idea, how about you actually go to the real scientific literature and find the actual cites for each claim at http://www.pubmed.gov. Just provide the title, journal and title of the peer reviewed papers that support each point.. You might be surprised by what you learn, like that SV40 contamination was removed from polio vaccines in 1961, and really it is often lab contamination when they find it these days (which is very common).

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  14. Doretha Kolodziej
    March 31, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Scarlet fever is an age-old childhood scourge that has been rare in the United States since 1970. Caused by group A strep infection, the illness causes fever, sore throat, white spots on the tonsils, swollen lymph nodes, a bright-red “strawberry” tongue, and a tell-tale red rash that starts on the abdomen and spreads throughout the body within two days. Scarlet fever is treated with antibiotics, but the new Hong Kong strain appears to be resistant to at least two commonly used drugs.,

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  15. Chris
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