For many years the public has been cajoled, coerced, and conned into taking a seasonal flu shot, with the first week in December deemed to be National Vaccination Week, while various other years the shot is promoted ahead of time as in September with the 2009-2010 H1N1 Swine Flu contrived panic.
All these years we've been told there are 36,000 U.S. flu deaths each year, straight from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's leading shills, and endlessly parroted by the national media (taking big advertising dollars from the CDC to promote the party line).
Well, quietly and with no fanfare last August 2010, small obscure stories appeared in various media health sections that the CDC's Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report (the MMWR) had revised its annual 36,000 deaths by flu down to a range of 3,000 to 49,000 flu-associated deaths. And earlier this year the CDC website (if you dig hard for it) also put it in writing.
But, that's not the end of it. CDC makes it abundantly clear these 3K to 49K "flu-associated" deaths are not actually counted, but are instead estimates generated from computer models that hypothetically link such as pneumonia deaths to those theoretically having a prior case of influenza (with the influenza long gone).
So what is the U.S. actual count of "flu-associated" deaths for the 2011 seasonal flu season now over?
Quoting the MMWR of May 14, 2011 (the last Flu report of the season): "This season, 105 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported to CDC." And further when adults are also included: "From October 3, 2010 – May 21, 2011, 16,410 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations and 311 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated deaths were reported to CDC."
Subtracting 105 from 311 we see a documented count of 206 adult flu-associated deaths. It will be interesting to see what CDC's computer-model finally conjures up as the final 2010-2011 "flu-associated" death tally.
A comparison to our neighbor Canada is in order. Canadian officials also cajole their citizens to get their FREE seasonal flu shot, but by mid-January 2011 Canada health officials were quoted (in various news outlets) as disappointed that only about 25% of all Canadians had indeed taken the shot while speculating the public was leery after their own H1N1 debacle last year, thus it's doubtful more stepped up after mid-January.
The U.S. and Canada officials both go out of their way to count exactly the pediatric flu-associated toll of their respective countries. We've already noted the U.S. 105 pediatric deaths, with historically 75% of these deaths associated with "comorbidities" meaning the kids had severely comprised health before coming down with flu. This compares to a grand total of six (6) paediatric deaths for Canada recorded on their Fluwatch website weekly reports but Canadian officials distinctly note in their report of May 21, 2011 "All (6) cases had underlying comorbidities." Thus for the 2010-2011 Flu Season, we can see 26 flu-associated U.S. kid deaths (without comorbidities) compared to zero (0) Canadian kids (without comorbidities).
It would be reasonable to guess the majority of Canadian parents (themselves rejecting the flu shot) did not subject their kids to something they wouldn't take themselves, and particularly knowing the Australian calamity of last year when Aussie kids overwhelmed hospitals with dire and deadly flu-shot reactions.
Summing up, while Americans are coerced, cajoled, or required in school and health institutions to undergo the dangers of flu shots, our Canadian neighbors overwhelmingly reject them, and the last five years Canada has averaged but a single (non-comorbidity) flu-associated pediatric death, while the U.S. toll rises ever higher. To top it all off, in mid-May my favorite large supermarket (Harris Teeter) was promoting FREE Flu Shots - just to get rid of the huge stock many Americans seem to be, thankfully, now spurning.
Why American health officials ignore Canada's success can only be speculated, but it is perfectly clear flu shots are as dangerous as the mindset of the CDC
David M. Burd is a Medical Technology Consultant.