How well the flu vaccine works can range widely from season to season. The vaccine’s effectiveness also can vary depending on who is being vaccinated. At least two factors play an important role in determining the likelihood that flu vaccine will protect a person from flu illness: 1) characteristics of the person being vaccinated, and 2) the similarity or “match” between the flu viruses the flu vaccine is designed to protect against and the flu viruses spreading in the community. During years when the flu vaccine is not well matched to circulating viruses, it’s possible that no benefit from flu vaccination may be observed. During years when there is a good match between the flu vaccine and circulating viruses, it’s possible to measure substantial benefits from vaccination in terms of preventing flu illness. However, even during years when the vaccine match is very good, the benefits of vaccination will vary across the population, depending on characteristics of the person being vaccinated and even, potentially, which vaccine was used.
Canadian mainstream media has taken a bold new step – admitting the problem that frequent vaccines are creating a cascade of more illnesses. And not just a greater number and frequency of illnesses but even lower protection against the very diseases the vaccines were supposed to protect against.
CBC News reports that it was originally called “the Canadian problem” – i.e. the problem of higher risk of pandemic flu illnesses among those who get the seasonal flu shot the previous year, or those who get frequent flu shots. They note that the problem is now seen in other countries such as Hong Kong, Japan and the U.S.
From CBC News:
People who receive flu vaccines year after year can sometimes show reduced protection, an effect that Canadian infectious disease specialists say muddies public health messages for annual flu vaccine campaigns.
During the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, researchers at the B.C. Centre for Disease Control originally thought seasonal flu shots from 2008 might offer extra protection against the new pandemic strain. They were puzzled to find instead, seasonal flu vaccination almost doubled the risk of infection with pandemic flu.
This was a unique finding in a unique context of dramatically mismatched vaccine to novel pandemic influenza virus.
They claim that part of the the paradox is, that a greater risk of H1N1 infection only happened during the pandemic. Pharmaceutical companies and the larger medical community absolutely don't want studies conducted that compare the health of unvaccinated individuals to those who get regular vaccines – even when they find a troubling “paradox.” Yet, this story showing the results of seasonal flu vaccines can already show a link to unintended consequences. They say since building more sensitive immune testing equipment, that they haven't seen increase in (seasonal?) flu illnesses among vaccine recipients versus unvaccinated individuals.They are dubbing it a “blunted protection to seasonal flu.” From CBC:
But researchers in several countries have found a blunting or “interference” effect between previous seasonal vaccines and reduced levels of vaccine protection in later years for some strains.
What?? If vaccines are supposed to “immunize” or give the immune system a boost, and the CDC in the U.S. is telling everyone to go ahead and get ineffective flu vaccines for added protection – then how can past vaccines run “interference” and knock out the effects of future vaccines? This attempt at damage control doesn't make any sense….Additionally, in the very same sentence saying flu shots offer protection for flu viruses that require medical care, regardless of vaccine history, CBC mentions a Clincial Infectious Diseases journal study that concludes: …vaccine-induced protection was greatest for individuals not vaccinated during the prior 5 years. Wait a second, if everyone must go out and get jabbed for “herd immunity,” then why is the best protection enjoyed by practical vaccine virgins? Could it be that they still have working immune systems?Do they even understand what's going on?
Dr. Michael Gardam, director of infection prevention and control at Toronto's University Health Network said:
People do not have a good explanation for why.
The idea basically is that your immune system is occupied elsewhere. It would be like getting the swirling ball of death on your Mac where your operating system is doing something else rather than opening the file.
CBC says, “The end result of both puzzles is the same: more sickness.” The journal study author said there is a need to think about a person's vaccination history when trying to gauge its effectiveness. (But I thought all vaccines were supposed to be effective for all people, all the time…)
Coincidentally – ahem – the solution to this vaccine-created problem is a universal one-time vaccine to be trialed soon… There you have it, it's safe to admit the problems people were already noticing when the patented solution is almost a go-go.
Incredibly, Gardam actually added:
We have kind of hyped this vaccine so much for so long we are starting to believe our own hype. Really, what we should be doing is looking for better vaccines,
But I thought vaccines were the solution to disease this whole time, and now they are defunct and something better is needed? It is such convenient timing that the inefficacy of seasonal vaccines can be admitted now that the universal one-time flu vaccine is nearly complete. After years of hearing about the science and studies backing the safety and effectiveness of vaccines – this problem obviously “went under the radar” and will feel like a punch to the face to those who will set aside the hype.
In the meantime, public health officials who aim to protect people from flu complications need to grapple with the imperfections of a vaccine given every year to a moving target of strains.
[See: Flu vaccine only 23% effective in U.S., even less effective in Canada, where it says this year's flu vaccine “works best” in young, healthy people. (*sigh*)]
Also incredibly, Skowronski who also anticipates the universal vaccine, still says to go for the seasonal vaccines, especially in people who run the high risk of hospitalization or death. That would be the elderly; elderly in nursing homes. Elderly in nursing homes who get vaccines. CBC draws one last breath to say that Public Health Agency of Canada noticed widespread flu activity across Canada last week including large numbers in………long-term care homes.
The report, if nothing else, shows a lack of understanding (or deception) in regards to the medical community pandering frequent one-size-fits-all injections for everyone without knowing or caring about the long-term biological effects. They don't have answers for the “why's?” It shows that we often find something out the hard way after already living with the results.
It is doubtful that the people experiencing multiple illnesses after dutiful vaccinations appreciate this bleak revelation – this “oops” of a test run on their health.People who have stopped vaccinating do so after researching for themselves the safety claims, efficacy claims, ingredients and historical disease rates. They empower themselves both by removing the curtain that contains the wizard to see for themselves and by taking steps to boost their own health. Please don't take my word for it – visit the research links below and branch out from there to see what resonates with you.