Posted by: Dr. Mercola
January 02 2010 | 15,961 views
swine fluA new analysis from Harvard University, using H1N1 deaths in the U.S. in the spring and projecting likely outcomes for this fall, suggests that the swine flu â€œpandemicâ€ has been oversold.
The new paper suggests swine flu was unlikely to create a severe epidemic. In light of this, officials have taken many steps that may have been unnecessary, including mass vaccinations.
It is not clear how H1N1 will act in the coming months, but swine flu cases seem to have already hit their peak.
ABC News December 8, 2009
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While many so-called scientific experts have criticized me and others who have spoken out about the fear-mongering and senseless mass-vaccination campaign surrounding the swine flu, more of the scientific community is now coming to the same conclusions weâ€™ve been talking about for months.
The swine flu pandemic was a pandemic that never materialized, just exactly as I predicted.
Now it looks as though the H1N1 scare of 2009 will go down as one of the biggest government and pharmaceutical scams ever, renewing a healthy, and necessary, skepticism about government fear-mongering, the swine flu vaccine and the dubious dealings behind the implementation of worldwide mass-vaccination programs.
It started last month when British and French media began saying the H1N1 pandemic has been “hyped” by medical researchers to further their own cause, boost research grants and line the pockets of drug companies.
Ontario health officials have also declared H1N1 a â€œdudâ€ pandemic, stating the huge government investment made so far may have been unjustified. And now, a new study by researchers at Harvard University and the Medical Research Council Biostatistics Unit in the U.K. is finding that this â€œpandemicâ€ was never a cause for alarm.
After analyzing H1N1 deaths in the United States in the spring, then projecting outcomes for this past fall, they found the fu season should have been no different than a typical flu season — and possibly even milder than average!
Early Studies Showed H1N1 Was NOT Dangerous or Highly Contagious
In the beginning, even before it was declared a level 6 pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), a group of â€œscientistsâ€ were sounding the alarm that this might indeed be the terrifying, deadly pandemic they had been expecting for over half a century.
We were told that young, healthy people, pregnant women and small children were falling ill and quickly dying, and the virus was spreading rapidly. They even suggested it could mutate into an even more dangerous form that could kill countless numbers of people.
Well, Dr. Russell Blaylock recently shared some information that shows health officials knew very early on that H1N1 was probably not much more of a threat than the seasonal flu that surfaces every year. He says:
â€œOnce the pandemic had been declared, virologists tested the potency of this virus using a conventional method, that is, infecting ferrets with the virus. What they found was that the H1N1 virus was no more pathogenic than the ordinary seasonal flu, even though it did penetrate slightly deeper into the lungs.
It in no way matched the pathogenecity of the 1917-1918 H1N1 virus. It also did not infect other tissues, and especially important, it did not infect the brain.
Next, they wanted to test the ability of the virus to spread among the population. The results of their tests were conflicting, but the best evidence indicated that the virus did not spread to others very well.
In fact, an unpublished study by the CDC found that when one member of a family contracted the H1N1 virus, other members of the family were infected only 10% of the time — a very low communicability.â€
Of course, nothing sells vaccines like panic, so you likely did not hear about this in the media. That is, until now.
The CDC Was Way Off â€¦ Why are They Still Pushing the Vaccine?
The CDC previously estimated that the U.S. death toll from the swine flu would be around 90,000. Even using their own bloated numbers — some 80 percent of which are in all likelihood unrelated to H1N1 — 9,820 people have actually died from H1N1 from April through November.
That would STILL, according to their own statistics stating that the flu kills 36,000 Americans a year, put us squarely in the middle of the mildest flu season in recent memory.
Meanwhile, the CDCâ€™s own data states that flu activity is continuing to fall across the United States, with only 11 states still reporting widespread flu activity as of mid-December.
Yet, they are still touting the H1N1 vaccine as the best way to protect against this â€œpandemicâ€ virus.
Well, as the word continues to get out that swine flu is another â€œpandemicâ€ that never was â€¦ ranking right up there with the bird flu hoax back in 2005 â€¦ it looks as though the CDC is going to have a heck of a lot of surplus H1N1 vaccines on their hands.
So now they are stating that supplies of H1N1 vaccine are increasing and many places have opened up vaccination to anyone who wants it. Fortunately, many do not.
But the U.S. federal government has contracts to purchase 250 million doses of swine flu vaccine, which may explain why the Los Angeles Times recently reported that:
â€œHealth officials’ biggest fear now is that, with the perception that the pandemic is waning, many people will decide they don’t need the vaccine.â€
That the swine flu is â€œwaningâ€ is not a perception, itâ€™s a fact, but Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is not giving up on selling those shots, either. She stated in a news conference:
“We have a wonderful window of opportunity to prevent or lessen a third wave.”
A third wave?
Excuse me, but weâ€™re still waiting for the first and second to show up!
So it appears the WHO and governments around the world are going to keep pushing their H1N1 vaccines through the winter and into spring, even though swine flu cases are dwindling and are nowhere near what you would call a true, dangerous pandemic.
The latest news confirms that H1N1 peaked in October.
In Britain, health authorities’ original worst-case scenario — which said as many as 65,000 could die from H1N1 — has twice been revised down and the prediction is now for around 1,000 deaths. This is way below their average annual toll of 4,000 to 8,000 deaths from seasonal flu.
And the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Finland actually removed swine flu from a list of diseases considered dangerous to the public — and that was back in July!
So I have just one further sentiment Iâ€™d like to say to the media and health officials in the United States who are still trying to perpetuate the swine flu myth:
â€¦ Itâ€™s time to let it go now — the jig is up.