Monday, November 16, 2009

Will the Swine Flu Vaccine Become Mandatory?

I came across this great article on the web this weekend, written by Adam Murdock, MD out of Texas. He discusses the media hype of the swine flu and the need for the swine flu and whether it will become mandatory or should become mandatory. One state, Pennsylvania has proposed such legislation, according to Murdock.

My family and kids are overall healthy, therefore we will not get the swine flu shot and the seasonal flu vaccine this year. This is one of the reasons for my concern about the safety of vaccines such as the swine flu, which has not been fully tested:

and here's another reason:

[Pennsylvania]House bill 492 proposes emergency powers to "compel a person to submit
to a physical examination or testing, or both, as necessary to diagnose
or treat the person." This is to be done "without resort to judicial or
quasi-judicial authority." This legislation will also require that "any
physician or other health care provider to perform the medical
examination or testing, or both" under penalty of law. In addition,
"the public health authority may, for such period as the state of
public health emergency exists, compel a person to be vaccinated or
treated, or both, for an infectious disease." In other words, the
rights of the patient and physician can be removed solely because a
government public health authority believes a health emergency is
imminent. This dictatorial power is to be accomplished without any
judicial review.

Whether your state or the federal government decides to use an executive order to require it remains to be seen, but with Obama declaring a national emergency this weekend, the next step could possibly be the federal government making it mandatory to take the shot regardless of age, health or religious beliefs. I hope this doesn't happen but the fact that this could become a reality is a bit disturbing if you read this article on A Medical Model for Tyranny, along with Things to watch for during a "Declared National Emergency".

What about the big pharmaceutical companies? I was recently reading about the pharmaceutical company, Baxter, who is projecting earnings of $30 - 40 million this quarter alone from swine flu vaccinations. Indeed, "Baxter International Inc., best known for its drug pumps and products for blood disorders and kidney disease, said it sees a lucrative new revenue source in vaccines and a multiyear opportunity in H1N1 swine flu vaccines." (5) It appears that big pharma is seizing upon the hysteria around this flu to potentially establish a new flu vaccine for years to come. This is despite the fact that a majority of the people may be already immune to the current H1N1 virus and the potential for pandemic swine flu in the years to come is likely minimal.

What about harm from the vaccine? Public health officials and the media like to portray the vaccine as virtually harmless. Nothing could be further from the truth. Although most immediate side-effects are minimal, it is well established that people can experience severe allergic reactions and Guillain-Barre syndrome, a severe neurological condition characterized by ascending paralysis. These conditions can lead to death and frequently do if unrecognized. In addition, there may be long-term side-effects related to adjuvants and mercury in vaccines that yet to have been fully characterized due to a lack of randomized studies for vaccinations. To add insult to injury, this vaccination has been rushed through the usual safety evaluation for vaccines in order that the government might "save" us from the deadly swine flu. So why take the risk if the benefits at this point are ill-defined. Indeed, physicians are mandated by law to tell their patients about all risks, benefits, and alternatives to any proposed treatment. Surely, any self-respecting physician should uphold his/her Hippocratic Oath by sharing the information with their patients.

Finally, it is not my right to tell you whether or not you should get flu vaccines, much less force you. Under the constitution, nobody else should have that right either. Unfortunately, it may be soon that our constitutional rights are only as good as the next flu season.

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