Once again the official figures don’t pass the personal litmus test

November 29, 2009

A  few days ago a friend informed me an in-law on her mother’s side had contracted Guillain Barre syndrome after receiving the H1N1 vaccine.  To make matters worse the patient in the hospital bed next to her had the same story.

Yet the World Health Organisation claims, “To date, fewer than ten suspected cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome have been reported in people who have received vaccine.”

With 6.6 billion people in the world, what do you think are the odds of me having a link to a fifth of the victims and two of them lying side-by-side in a single Australian hospital? 

I’m not buying it.

Let me update my personal tally:

In seven months, how many people do I know who have contracted the swine flu?  Adding a friend’s mother, it brings the total to:

  • Swine flu:  10 and 1 incorrectly diagnosed
  • Complications:  Zero
  • Hospitalizations:  Zero
  • Deaths:  Zero

In the two months since vaccination began, how many people do I know who have been vaccinated against swine flu? Four are added this month:  a co-worker and her mother and the above mentioned women, bringing the total to:

  • Vaccinated:  13
  • Complications:  6
  • Hospitalizations: 4
  • Deaths: Zero

No wonder I don’t believe the spin!

Why should you believe my story?  After all I’m just another faceless unknown from the internet adding to a growing number of unsubstantiated claims.  The simple answer is DON’T.

If there is one point I’d like to make through this blog it would be:  use your personal experience to form questions and then get out there and find answers. 

I’m simply providing information as I stumble upon it that raises questions about the integrity of the sources we’ve been conditioned to regard as credible and trustworthy.

Right now those sources are telling us it is reasonable to ask normal healthy people to risk hospitalisation or a paralysing disease in an attempt to prevent a few days in bed with the flu.  That in itself should raise even more questions.  If you haven’t started looking for answers now is the time to begin as what appears to be waiting in the wings is certainly not pretty.

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