CDC to American Public: Pandemic on the Way! No, Really! No, We Mean… Really! Be AFRAID! And Get Vaccinated! No, REALLY, We’re SERIOUS This Time! No, We Really Are! Come On! Do What We Say!

“I wish they had tested and that I knew for sure whether they had it. I’m not anxious to give them an experimental vaccine if they don’t need it.”

However, the CDC recommendation for those who had “probable” or “presumed” H1N1 flu to go ahead and get vaccinated anyway means the relatively small proportion of those who actually did have H1N1 flu will be getting the vaccine unnecessarily. This exposes them to rare but significant side effects, such as paralysis from Guillain-Barre syndrome.


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Headline: Upwards of 98 percent of diagnosed “swine flu” cases, not actually “swine flu,” learns the always astonished media. And they still want you to trust the CDC when they tell you to continue to BE AFRAID and take any new vaccines they spew out of their fear factory.

Extra! Extra!: CBS News Sort of Does Some Investigating, And Still Misses the Point! The point being, there is no, was no, will be no specific “swine flu.” There will be just another year of life in which some people get sick, and some don’t.

It’s worth noting that the CDC refused to cooperate with CBS News’ requests for information about their paranoiac flu scare. CBS even invoked the Freedom of Information Act to get our CDC to cough up a few facts. But the CDC wouldn’t give. Not to us, the dupes who pay their immense salaries and tremble in terror at their evergreen promise of damnation by bird, pig, snail or sex pandemic.

Did we mention that the CDC is a criminal organization?

From CBS News:

CBS News learned that the decision to stop counting H1N1 flu cases was made so hastily that states weren’t given the opportunity to provide input. Instead, on July 24, the Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists, CSTE, issued the following notice to state public health officials on behalf of the CDC:

“Attached are the Q&As that will be posted on the CDC website tomorrow explaining why CDC is no longer reporting case counts for novel H1N1. CDC would have liked to have run these by you for input but unfortunately there was not enough time before these needed to be posted.”

When CDC did not provide us with the material, we filed a Freedom of Information request with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). More than two months later, the request has not been fulfilled. We also asked CDC for state-by-state test results prior to halting of testing and tracking, but CDC was again, initially, unresponsive.

That’s unwelcome news for a Marietta, Georgia mom whose two children were diagnosed with “probable” H1N1 flu over the summer. She hoped that would mean they wouldn’t need the hastily developed H1N1 flu vaccine. However, since their cases were never confirmed with lab tests, the CDC advises they get the vaccine.

“I wish they had tested and that I knew for sure whether they had it. I’m not anxious to give them an experimental vaccine if they don’t need it.”

H1N1 False Positive Trail
[RTB: Trail of False Positives for “Swine Flu.” So What’s New?]

Speaking to CBS’ “60 Minutes,” CDC Director Dr. Frieden said he has confidence that the vaccine will be safe and effective: “We’re confident it will be effective we have every reason to believe that it will be safe.”

However, the CDC recommendation for those who had “probable” or “presumed” H1N1 flu to go ahead and get vaccinated anyway means the relatively small proportion of those who actually did have H1N1 flu will be getting the vaccine unnecessarily. This exposes them to rare but significant side effects, such as paralysis from Guillain-Barre syndrome.

It also uses up vaccine, which is said to be in short supply. The CDC was hoping to have shipped 40 million doses by the end of October, but only about 30 million doses will be available this month.

The CDC did not response to questions from CBS News for this report.”

And now, a saner interpretation, from Dr. Matt Irwin:

If someone told you that 98 to 99% of people diagnosed with swine flu actually did not have it, you would probably say they were misguided or had simply lost their senses. However, that is what a 3 month CBS investigation found, just published three days ago, on October 21, 2009.

Furthermore, in 86 to 93% of these “probable” or “presumed” swine flu cases, regular seasonal influenza did not cause the symptoms, either.

The vast majority of people diagnosed with the swine flu today most likely have a viral syndrome similar to the common cold. This confirms the message I sent out last May with similar complaints about swine flu false positives, and the fact that there are no specific symptoms to tell you who has what illness. It also suggests that regular influenza has no specific symptoms, and that the belief that the swine flu is worse than the regular flu, or any other type of illness, is false.

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  1. Swine Flu Update – Epidemic hysteria revisited
    98 to 99% of people diagnosed with the swine flu actually do not have it

    October 24, 2009 – Matt Irwin, M.D.

    If someone told you that 98 to 99% of people diagnosed with swine flu actually did not have it, you would probably say they were misguided or had simply lost their senses. However, that is what a 3 month CBS investigation found, just published three days ago, on October 21, 2009. Furthermore, in 86 to 93% of these “probable” or “presumed” swine flu cases, regular seasonal influenza did not cause the symptoms, either. The vast majority of people diagnosed with the swine flu today most likely have a viral syndrome similar to the common cold. This confirms the message I sent out last May with similar complaints about swine flu false positives, and the fact that there are no specific symptoms to tell you who has what illness. It also suggests that regular influenza has no specific symptoms, and that the belief that the swine flu is worse than the regular flu, or any other type of illness, is false.

    Amazingly, instead of reassuring the public with their findings, CBS used them to further fan the flames of epidemic hysteria, as they and other news organizations have been doing since the beginning of the “pandemic”. CBS also recently used even more severe scare tactics in their news magazine, 60 Minutes, on Sunday, October 18th, by examining in detail the tragic case of a teenager with life-threatening illness attributed to the swine flu. People who have such difficult and traumatic experiences deserve compassion and as much assistance as possible, but one can find tragic cases of all kinds and use them to justify widely varying actions and beliefs. It seems better when making decisions to also keep in mind that for the vast majority of people such illnesses are an unpleasant, often miserable, but routine part of life, without any lingering after effects.

    Unfortunately, good news about the swine flu is a topic that people do not want to hear about. That is why it does nothing to generate ratings, sell newspapers, or sell vaccines, and, therefore, is widely ignored. It is also unfortunate that the fear and anxiety created by this campaign undermines people’s health, probably having a greater impact on public health than the swine flu, itself. When subjected to chronic stress and anxiety, it is hard for people to get through routine illnesses, and makes it more likely that a routine illness will turn into a severe illness. The rampant over-diagnosis of swine flu also leads to false hope that vaccines will help avoid illness and that Tamiflu will help you recover more quickly. However, vaccines and other treatments can have a powerful placebo effect, and can be used to counter the nocebo effect that has been generated. Therefore I am in favor of people seeking out treatment and/or vaccination if that is in line with their core beliefs. J

    Has anyone you know been recently diagnosed with the swine flu in their doctor’s office? Maybe some students at your local school were diagnosed with it. These people might have even been prescribed Tamiflu or Relenza to treat it. Well, the chances are about 98 to 99% that they didn’t actually have swine flu. In fact, the chances are that they did not even have seasonal influenza, but more likely had a routine viral-syndrome such as the common cold.

    I hope all of you read the article I sent out in May, in the beginning of the swine flu/H1N1 “epidemic”. If not, it appears below, and this new report by CBS confirms what I wrote then. They just published the results of a 3 month investigation showing that the non-specific nature of swine flu has created wildly inflated estimates of swine flu prevalence. This has also resulted in over-diagnosis of swine flu in doctor’s offices, overtreatment of non-existent swine flu, and generalized epidemic hysteria. This does not mean that people are not sick, but argues rather that what they need most in order to get better is the usual combination of rest, interventions that make them more comfortable, and patience to wait until their health improves.

    Another major issue CBS did not discuss is that the swine flu vaccine is unlikely to be effective, and neither is the regular flu vaccine. To begin with, if 98 to 99% of flu-like illness is not caused by swine flu, then the vaccine will only protect us against 1 to 2 % of this type of illness. That is assuming the vaccine is actually 100% effective, which is very questionable. Many studies have found that the regular seasonal influenza vaccine does not affect any significant measures of public health, except possibly in people with chronic lung disease such as emphysema/COPD. If the regular seasonal influenza vaccine is not effective, even with all the combined experience of yearly vaccination campaigns, the new swine flu vaccine is even less likely to be effective. I sent out a separate article last fall on the ineffectiveness of the regular flu vaccine, including citations and abstracts of review articles in major medical journals such as the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. Here is a link to the complete BMJ article for those interested: http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/333/7574/912

    The key finding of the recent CBS report from October 21st is that someone who has “probable” or “presumed” swine flu actually only has about a 1 to 2% chance of testing positive on a “confirmatory” test. This means that at least 98 to 99% of cases of flu-like illness are not due to H1N1. At the time the tests were done, in June and July 2009, many factors were used to determine “probable” and “presumed” cases of swine flu. In addition to flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches, and fatigue, other factors such as contact with another “probable” or “presumed” case of H1N1 or recent travel to Mexico were used. This means that many people who had flu-like symptoms but did not have contact with a “probable” or “presumed” swine flu case, or had not recently travelled to Mexico, would have been excluded. That is why I emphasized the words, “at least” when I referred to the 98 to 99% false positive rate. Most likely the false positive rate today is even higher than 98 to 99%, since the criteria have been widened to include just about anybody with flu-like illness.

    The CBS research also showed that the vast majority of people with these symptoms did not have the regular seasonal influenza, either. For example, California had the largest sample size of 13,704 people who had been diagnosed with either “probable or “presumed” swine flu, but confirmatory testing showed only 2% tested positive for swine flu, and only 12% tested positive for seasonal influenza. That left 86% having other types of upper respiratory illnesses such as the common cold.

    Another topic that is not mentioned at all by CBS or other news organizations, which I wrote about in my article in May, is that the “confirmatory” tests themselves are not as reliable as doctors and other medical establishments believe. See the article below for more details, but in general the “confirmatory” tests they are referring to are actually non-specific screening tests which are also prone to false positives. All screening tests generate more false positives than true positives because it is considered preferable to treat many people who will not benefit in order to help one person who will. This is known in research studies as the “number needed to treat”. In some screening tests it is fairly easy to perform a confirmatory test, such as a biopsy or bacterial culture. However, viruses are not visible except in an electron microscope, making confirmatory tests extremely difficult and expensive, so they are simply not used. Similar problems even exist with some bacterial diseases such as pertussis (“whooping cough”) and lyme disease.

    Unfortunately, instead of trying to reassure people with their findings, CBS used them to further fan the flames of epidemic hysteria. Here’s how good news about a dramatically lower incidence of swine flu can be used to generate even more fear and anxiety. They argue that people who have already had the swine flu have been given false reassurance, and are still at risk for getting it. According to their investigation, there is at least a 98 to 99% chance that they are actually not protected at all, because they never had it in the first place. Therefore they still need the vaccine, and also need to remain frightened and anxious. I guess it is hard to sell papers when you give too much positive news, so even positive news needs a negative spin. The closest we typically come to good news making national headlines are things like the discovery that the “balloon boy” was actually never in any danger… J

    Here is a link to the complete CBS report: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/10/21/cbsnews_investigates/main5404829.shtml

    Here is a link to a report on the balloon boy, another sad case of mass hysteria:

    http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/714600

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