Serious Vaccine Reactions
to Now Be Called 'Coincidence'?
Every day Americans wake up to news reports that warn us about
the dangers of influenza, especially the new H1N1 swine
But swine flu is mild for most people and the virus is not mutating
into a more serious form.
Millions of people around the world have recovered from swine
flu, and millions more will get sick with fevers, body aches,
nasal congestion, cough and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting and
recover from it this year and next year without any complications.
Nonetheless, wide-scale vaccination is being encouraged -- even
though swine flu vaccines have been tested on only a few thousand
healthy Americans for a few weeks. There is little or no information
about how safe the vaccine is for pregnant women and chronically
ill or disabled children.
If you or your child are injured from getting a flu swine flu
shot, you are on your own. Congress has shielded the vaccine manufacturers
and any person giving swine flu shots from lawsuits if people
There is no funded government vaccine injury compensation program
for swine flu vaccine.
Do NOT let a doctor or anyone else tell you that a serious health
problem you or your child experiences after vaccination is a coincidence
and allow more shots to be given until you know for sure.
The most tragic cases of vaccine injury occur when vaccine reaction
symptoms are dismissed as a 'coincidence" and more vaccines
are given that result in more severe symptoms -- and sometimes
end with permanent brain and immune system damage or death.
But while Americans are still debating whether to roll up their
sleeves for a swine flu shot, companies have already figured it
out: vaccines are good for business.
Drug companies have sold $1.5 billion worth of swine flu shots,
in addition to the $1 billion for seasonal flu they booked earlier
this year. These inoculations are part of a much wider and rapidly
growing $20 billion global vaccine market.
"The vaccine market is booming," says Bruce Carlson,
spokesperson at market research firm Kalorama, which publishes
an annual survey of the vaccine industry. "It's an enormous
growth area for pharmaceuticals at a time when other areas are
not doing so well," he says, noting that the pipeline for
more traditional blockbuster drugs such as Lipitor and Nexium
As always with pandemic flus, taxpayers are footing the $1.5
billion check for the 250 million swine flu vaccines that the
government has ordered so far and will be distributing free to
doctors, pharmacies and schools. In addition, Congress has set
aside more than $10 billion this year to research flu viruses,
monitor H1N1's progress and educate the public about prevention.
Drugmakers pocket most of the revenues from flu sales, with Sanofi-Pasteur,
Glaxo Smith Kline and Novartis cornering most of the market.
But some say it's not just drugmakers who stand to benefit. Doctors
collect copayments for special office visits to inject shots,
and there have been assertions that these doctors actually profit
handsomely from these vaccinations.