The US government seeks several thousand volunteers to test a swine flu shot!

August 4, 2009
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Do You Want to Volunteer? The US government seeks several thousand volunteers to test a swine flu shot. Five hundred sign up in five days, according to CNN.

According to the New York Times, pharmaceutical companies are “racing to have a swine flu vaccine ready for the fall flu season.”
The government announced the swine flu vaccine’s clinical trials would start soon, and volunteers were needed.  CNN reports that the clinical trials will enroll “as many as 1,000 adults and children.” The Oklahoman reports that “trials will include up to 12,000 children nationwide” with trials for adults to follow. The trials that target children will use children as young as 6 months of age.

According to the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the swine flu clinical trials “are being conducted in a compressed time frame” with the testing of 2,400 volunteers. CNN reports 500 have called to volunteer in the first five days since the announcement. The volunteers, carefully screened to make sure they are healthy, will be inoculated using a vaccine made by one of two different companies. They are asked to keep a diary recording any symptoms they experience. After eight days, they will be tested for antibody response. After 21 days, they will again be inoculated. They will be tested once again for antibody response and have their health checked at two, four and six months. Many will receive the swine flu vaccine along with their annual flu shot.
The swine flu is expected to peak in October. If the swine flu vaccine appears to be relatively safe after six weeks in healthy volunteers, the government is expected to roll out a mass vaccination campaign in mid-October. The dilemma for us as healthcare consumers is the following question: A vaccine is developed over two weeks, tested over six weeks and is then administered to potentially millions of Americans. How can we be assured of its safety or its side effects? The short answer is: “We cannot.”
Remember the 1977 mass vaccination of 40 million when swine flu broke out in Ft. Dix, N.J.? It was stopped after some of those inoculated developed Guillain-Barré syndrome, which is characterized by fever, serious nerve damage and muscle weakness. There were 500,000 cases and 25 deaths. The CDC indicates 1 in 100,000 develops Guillain-Barré for unknown reasons. Dr. Fauci insists that several hundred thousand volunteers would have to be inoculated to pick up these types of rare reactions. But, what if you or your child is the one who suffers that rare reaction?
CDC has changed its seasonal flu vaccination recommendation to a “full recommendation” for children aged 6 months to 18 years.  The interaction between the two vaccines is unknown at this point.
So far, the Chinese have reported 1,668 cases of swine H1N1 flu. While there have been no deaths in China from the swine flu (compared with 40,000 documented cases in the United States and 263 related deaths), the Chinese note H1N1 virus is  “immune” to Tamiflu, the drug popularly prescribed by allopathic physicians for flu. Ninety percent of all Chinese swine flu patients have been treated with a combination of Tamiflu and a mixture of four herbs (lonicera japonica, Isatis indigodica, Mentha haplocalyx and Glycyrrhiza glabra). After a research study demonstrated the herbal combination cured the flu in over 76 percent of the cases, the herbal treatment is now undergoing clinical trials. The Tamiflu costs four times as much as the herbal combination. The dean of research and education at the Beijing Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Mr. Tu Zhitao, was quoted as saying, “We have found that Tamiflu is not sufficient, and it also weakens the body and has adverse effects on body tolerance. This treatment (the herbal combination) is a better alternative….” Mr. Tu said the difference was “the TCM remedy works to build the body’s resistance in a holistic way, the Tamiflu drug focuses on attacking the infection.”
It is critical that every consumer make an informed personal choice about vaccination. No vaccine is 100 percent safe or 100 percent effective. The AAHF’s position paper on mandatory vaccination will help you understand about government-mandated immunization.

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