83 dead after receiving the flu vaccination in South Korea – doctors call for vaccinations to be paused
South Korean officials have refused to suspend an influenza vaccination program after 83 deaths were linked to the program. Of these deaths, one was a 17-year-old boy. The country with a population of 52 million people is currently aiming to vaccinate 30 million people. Meanwhile, a key group of doctors have called for the program to be halted.
Singapore, which uses two of the influenza vaccines in question, had advised medical practitioners to temporarily cease using those vaccines. Despite this pause in a neighbouring country, South Korean health officials have refused to suspend their program, stating that they have found no “direct” links between the deaths and the influenza vaccination.
Last year, more than 1,500 elderly people died within seven days of receiving the flu vaccine in South Korea. Again, the government claimed that the deaths were not linked to the vaccinations. The highest number of deaths previously linked to a seasonal influenza vaccination in South Korea was six in 2005.
It has been reported that most of the deaths have been in those over the age of 60 with pre-existing medical conditions. Sound familiar? Given that Covid-19 predominantly affects those over the age of 60 with pre-existing medical conditions, it would be reasonable to have reservations about the many Covid-19 vaccines that are currently being rushed to market.
Governments all over the world, including here in Australia, are urging people to get their flu shot more than ever this year. Countries in the northern hemisphere are entering their flu seasons, and there are fears that both viruses could surge simultaneously and overwhelm the health care system. However, this has not eventuated in countries in the southern hemisphere, such as Australia, which have already experienced their flu season during the pandemic. A 2020 US Pentagon study found that the flu shot INCREASES the risks from coronavirus by 36%. Why is the Australian government urging people to get the flu shot if it increases the risk of getting the virus?
According to the Australian Immunisation Handbook, more than 10% of people that receive the influenza vaccine will suffer from adverse events. These include induration, swelling, redness and pain. 1-10% of people will experience fever, malaise and myalgia. Immediate adverse events, although rare, may include hives, angioedema or anaphylaxis. Other adverse events from influenza vaccines in other countries include fever and febrile convulsions in children under five, Guillain-Barre Syndrome and narcolepsy.
A 2018 CDC study found an increased risk of acute respiratory illness among children under the age of 18 caused by non-influenza pathogens after receiving the flu shot, compared to children that did not receive the flu shot during the same period. Another study of young healthy children carried out in Australia in 2011, found that seasonal flu shots doubled their risk of illness from non-influenza viral infections, and that the flu shot increased their risk of virus-associated acute respiratory illness, including influenza, by 73%. There are another three studies from around the world that show similar results.
The influenza virus was first isolated in 1933. The first flu vaccine was developed in the US in 1938. Despite this, influenza still kills over 500,000 people around the world every year. Last year in Australia, 4,124 people died from influenza and pneumonia. According to the CDC in the US, approximately 36,000 people have died each year from the flu since 2010. In 2018, the flu vaccine had an effectiveness of 29%. There were no lockdowns, mask mandates or social distancing. Businesses were open, children still went to school and we still travelled all over the world.
In 1968, the Hong Kong flu pandemic occurred. It was considered a relatively mild pandemic. An estimated 1 million people died, which is equivalent to over 2 million people today. There were no lockdowns, mask mandates, social distancing or vaccines.
The flu vaccine has not eradicated influenza, in fact it is clearly evidenced as causing much harm and death. Why do governments think that a rushed-to-market Covid-19 vaccine with no long-term studies is going to eradicate Covid-19? There are currently two strains of sars-cov-2 in Australia, and three around the world. There are numerous influenza strains. It would be safe to assume that by the time a vaccine becomes available, the virus will have mutated further (like influenza does). What then? Would this render a vaccine ineffective?
Oddly enough, the effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccine will only need to be set at around 50% to receive the green light from the FDA.
Thomas Lumley, a biostatistician at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, has said that “the companies are aiming for the vaccines to stop at least 50% of vaccinated people getting symptomatic COVID-19, the definition of success in the FDA guideline, but they are hoping for an efficacy of 60% or greater. But even 60% would not be enough to reach herd immunity, in which enough of the population has vaccine-derived immunity to stop the disease spreading.”
As with any medical intervention, there are inherent risks. We must be informed of these risks prior to receiving a vaccination. We should then have the right to refuse a vaccination should we deem the risk to be too great, without being penalised with schemes such as “No Jab, No Play/Pay”.
With the Australian Prime Minister vowing to make the Covid-19 vaccination as “mandatory as possible” in Australia, we must remember our fundamental human right to have the final say of what goes into our bodies and the bodies of our children. Whether we decide to vaccinate or not must always remain our CHOICE.
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