By Hwaa Irfan
This is not peculiar to Fluzone some might say, and many others would say it is easier to have the virus although some people do die from the common flu due to underlying health conditions. With Fluzone has the only allowed anti-flu vaccine allowed in the U.S. for children, this vaccine does warrant special attention considering the Feds have taken up the issue.
The highly regarded U.S. Food and Drugs Administration, has made yet another blunder to add to its long list of blunders in the approval of a drug. As already indicated the drug concerned here is Fluzone, which contains:
- Influenza A Virus A /California/7/2009-179 (H1N1)
- Inactivated formaldehyde (4 types)
- Influenza A Virus A /Victoria/7/210-2009X-187 (H3N2)
- Influenza B Virus B/Brisbane/60/2008 (H1N1)
As we known, most vaccines work on the same principle as homeopathy i.e. using like to cure like with Fluzone (like most virus-based vaccines) containing the inactivated virus whereas in homeopathy the energy of the active virus is used, and not so much the virus itself. Containing inactivated Influenzas A and B, Fluzone is for the treatment of influenza A and B, and is recommended to anyone over the age of 6 months. Then there is Fluzone High Dose, which is recommended for those 65+ years. Fluzone can only be administered by a health professional because of the conditions of administration which includes the condition of the syringes to be used, shaking of the does before administering, the areas of the body where the vaccine cannot be injected, and a set of contraindications which if applied to herbal or any other natural medicine would make that natural remedy a candidate for being banned – it cannot be administered to some who is/has:
- Hypersensitivity to egg protein
- Has an allergy to any of the constituent properties of the vaccine
- Has had/has Guillain-Barré syndrome as a result of a previous dose of a flu vaccine. Guillain-Barré syndrome was one of the side effects of the swine flu vaccine in 1976.
- Those with a weak immunity or whose immunity has been weakened by a treatment. However one can have a weakened immune system without being aware from environmental factors like pollution.
In clinical trials carried out using Fluzone, the resulting side effects are reported as being mild, resolves within 3 days after being taken, and includes the following:
- A systemic reaction
The clinical trials included follow ups of 28 days post vaccination, but deaths were reported in the following period excused by the fact that the persons concerned had a history of cardiac or liver problems, renal and/or respiratory disease etc,. For those participants, they might have been better off taking the risk of contracting the virus.
Fluzone is produced by Sanofi Pasteur Inc, U.S. which states on their website that this vaccine is not appropriate for everyone. Yet it met FDA approval for everyone. A person who is thinking of taking the vaccine is advised to consult one’s doctor first, which differs from the above only in that if one is slightly ill, to seek consultation with one’s doctor. However, the mild reactions listed on their website is limited to:
- Soreness, redness, or swelling at the injection site
- Fever, fatigue
- Muscular pain
- Swelling (site of injection)
Realize that these are the symptoms of flu apart from the localize swelling. The severe reactions are unlisted as they are considered to occur rarely.
Under Federal Investigation
It usually takes the FDA more to respond to an investigation into a drug than 36 deaths, but this time 36 reports of children who incurred fever-related seizures as a result of after a one day lapse of taking Fluzone brought in the Feds. The reports include children aged 6 months – 2 years.
In the confirmed reports, seizures occurred within one day after the children ages 6 months through 2 years were vaccinated with Fluzone. Fluzone, manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur, is the only flu shot approved for use in the U.S. for infants and very young children. To add to this alarm the reports have come from Australia and New Zealand.
Moreover, FDA officials added that they have been paying special attention to seizure reports after an unexplainable higher rate of fevers and seizures in young children in Australia and New Zealand who got a specific flu vaccine earlier this year. Fever related seizures or febrile seizures have been reported to last a minute with the child losing consciousness, and shakes.
Yet in the meantime, Fluzone continues to be administered when it should be stopped, not continued whilst a national reporting system is put in place for health professionals to file reports. There seems to be more respect for the vaccine than there is for the lives that are affected by them negatively, no matter for how short a period. It was as far back as August 2010 that an advisory panel in the US recommended that doctors should not use Fluzone for children aged 6 months – 8 years. Where the pharmaceutical industry is involved, unless the evidence is great in terms of sufferers, the drug continues to be used averaging out the number those affected each year. Yet, those who are affected have to suffer the consequences. We do not have the reports from the parents themselves to inform us as to how long febrile seizures actually lasted. Seizures that last for less than 3 minutes in children do have little impact in general, but febrile seizures that last longer (up to 1 hour), can have negative developmental impact on the child, and also if they fall unconscious in a potentially dangerous situation. Febrile seizures once provoked, can develop into epilepsy in 3% to 5% of children affected, so although this risk may be small, it is big enough to warrant caution to postpone use of the drug until such time it can be proven to be scientifically and humanly safe for all children or unsafe for children. True science weighs the truth, not percentages, for what is true applies to all.
“Fluzone Vaccine Side Effects: Seizures in Children?” http://healthcarenewsblog.com/fluzone-vaccine-side-effects-seizures-in-children/
Stobbe, M. “Feds Checking Post-Vaccine Seizures in Young Kids.”
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