Thursday, October 15, 2009

Letter to Pelican Press: "Caution Urged Over Flu Vaccine":


An unprecedented mass-vaccination campaign is under way for seasonal flu and H1N1 "swine flu." Sarasota residents have good reason to inform themselves not only about the risks of the flu, but also about the hazards associated with the flu vaccines themselves.

Many credible medical and scientific experts are stating publicly their informed opinion that the vaccines have not been properly tested, and additionally, that the vaccines themselves may in fact be more dangerous than the H1N1 swine flu virus itself.

One need look no further than the FDA-approved vaccine package inserts to understand why these experts are raising the alarm. For example, each of the four vaccines approved to date (three injectable, one intranasal) are classified as "Pregnancy Category C" drugs, and Section 8.1 in each of the package inserts states that it is not known whether the influenza vaccine can cause harm to the fetus or affect reproduction capacity; additionally, it is not known whether influenza viruses from vaccines are excreted in human milk.

In spite of this clear acknowledgement that the influenza vaccines have not been proven to be safe for pregnant women, it is pregnant women who are being targeted by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) for the very first batches of vaccines, right behind health care workers!

Shockingly, 60 percent of the H1N1 vaccines also contain thimerasol, used as an inexpensive preservative in vaccines. Thimerosal contains ethyl-mercury, a documented and dangerous neurotoxin. Developed in the 1930s and marketed by Eli Lilly, thimerosal has never been tested using modern safety standards. Thimerosal-containing flu vaccines contain mercury 250 times above the levels identified as a hazardous waste. Unused flu vaccine should be returned to the manufacturer for appropriate disposal.

It is inconsistent and unwise to counsel pregnant women to avoid seafood, which contains mercury, while recommending vaccines containing mercury.

The first H1N1 vaccine to arrive here will be the intranasal version, FluMist, according to Sarasota County public health officials. FluMist is also controversial, however, because it contains live, attenuated virus, which may "shed" live virus, thereby potentially spreading H1N1 virus. The FDA-approved package insert states, in section 17.2, "Vaccination with a Live Virus Vaccine":

"Vaccine recipients or their parents/guardians should be informed by the health care provider that Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine Live, Intranasal is an attenuated live virus vaccine and has the potential for transmission to immunocompromised household contacts."

ABC TV-7 in Denver reported Oct. 5 that several Denver-area hospitals won’t be accepting the FluMist vaccine because they don’t want their health care workers to risk infecting patients with the H1N1 swine flu virus shed by the vaccine itself.

Dr. Kent Holtorf, infectious disease expert and founder of Holtorf Medical Group, stated on FOX-TV in late September 2009, that he has more concern about the vaccine than he does about the swine flu itself, and that it’s been rushed to market.

He told FOX-TV host Gregg Jarrett, "I also worry about children, pregnant women, chronic neurological illnesses, and chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. I’ve seen people been [sic] devastated by these vaccines. When asked by Jarrett, "All right ... would you give it to your kids?" Dr. Holtorf replied, "I definitely would not."

These are just a few of the many reasons why I, and many others, intend to boycott the shot. Read the FDA vaccine package inserts, available online at, ask questions, and decide for yourself.

Jason Boehk
Sarasota for Vaccination Choice

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