When it comes to the flu shot, medical professionals get a folder with all the critical information included, but senior citizens get one with missing data – why?
Every winter we see medical professionals pushing flu vaccines onto people. CVS offers a 20% shopping pass when you get your flu shot. Also, the health industry has been marketing a high-dose vaccine, which is more profitable for the manufacturer and the pharmacy. However, there are many reasons to be wary of it, and it especially applies to senior citizens.
The name of the high-dose vaccine is Fluzone®, and it is approved for people ages 65 and older. Sanofi Pasteur makes this vaccine, and the shot contains three flu strains and four times more antigen than regular flu shots, which is the substance that causes an immune response, says CVS Pharmacy. Rite Aid also offers it and agrees that “more studies are being done” to see whether it provides any improvement immunity at all.
If people have already had an adverse reaction to vaccines before such as Guillain-Barré syndrome, the pharmacy advises against taking the vaccine. However, promoting a 20% shopping coupon for people who receive the high-dose vaccine is strange, particularly as they dismissed a vital piece of information: 105 older citizens died after taking part in two Fluzone high-dose vaccine trials, and 91 died after getting the regular Fluzone vaccine.
Only two clinical trials were carried before Fluzone got approval and both tests were conducted and sponsored by Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccine manufacturer.
In the first trial, 2,573 adults aged 65 and older took the Fluzone high-dose, and 1,260 got regular Fluzone shots. 156 of those seniors that took the high-dose shot and 93 seniors who got the regular-dose of the vaccine had a severe adverse event (SAE) within six months post-vaccination.
Also, between 29 and 180 days after the vaccinations, 16 high-dose and 7 regular-dose recipients died. Presumably, that’s the reason why in the vaccine package it says, “no deaths were reported within 28 days post-vaccination.”
It is known that pharmaceutical corporations have a tendency to downplay the risks of their drugs, and many people have questioned if this is the case with Fluzone. Usually, studies publish the results of their findings in round numbers when talking about adverse reactions that happened such as the first 30, 60 and 90 days. In this case, however, the flu vaccine declares in their packaging that no one died during the initial 28 days. But they knew that a total of 23 seniors, some from the high-dose shot and others from the regular shot, died starting on day 29. The question is why did they choose to state 28 days?
Second Study: More Adverse Reactions, Deaths
In the second study, they had 15,992 participants aging from 65 and older receiving the Fluzone high-dose, and 15,991 participants in the same age bracket received the regular dose of Fluzone. Conclusions reveal that 1,323 high-dose and 1,442 normal Fluzone recipients had an SAE within 6 to 8 months post-vaccination (204 high-dose and 200 regular-dose experienced an SAE within 30 days). Also, 84 regular-dose and 83 high-dose died within 6 to 8 months, and 6 high-dose recipients died within 30 days post-vaccination.
According to the Fluzone vaccine information sheet, none of these deaths were linked to the vaccine. They state that “these data do not provide evidence for a causal relationship between deaths and vaccination with Fluzone High-Dose.”
The first study claims the deaths cannot be linked to the clinical study because “the majority of these participants had a medical history of cardiac, hepatic, neoplastic, renal, and respiratory diseases.” The second study claims the same due to the majority of participants having “one or more chronic comorbid illnesses.”
The question is: how did they arrive at the conclusion that none of the deaths were connected to the vaccination without any further investigation? And also it is strange that they never compared the data between seniors with some illnesses and without and they do not include it or compare it to the vaccine package. It is difficult to trust studies done by the pharmaceutical company who sponsored its own study.
105 deaths and some adverse effects were recorded between these two studies – possible red flags for any senior considering a flu shot. Some of the serious adverse effects include life-threatening issues such as Guillain-Barré Syndrome, which has symptoms similar to polio including paralysis. Maybe that is why a patient needs to sign a consent form first before receiving the vaccine.
The Consent Form: Risk Awareness and Inability to Sue the Company
When you go to get the vaccine in Rite Aid, the patient has to read and sign a form which reads the following:
“I have read, or have had read to me the Vaccination Information Sheet (VIS) regarding the vaccine(s). I have had the opportunity to ask questions that were answered to my satisfaction and understand the benefits and risks of the vaccine(s). I consent to or give consent for, the administration of the vaccine(s). I fully release and discharge Rite Aid Corporation, its affiliates, officers, directors, and employees from any liability for illness, injury, loss, or damage which may result from.”
Two crucial parts to this consent include a signature acknowledging your understanding of the risks involved, and the agreement that you cannot sue the company if adverse reactions occur.
To fully understand the risks, you must read the full information sheet about Fluzone or Fluzone High-Dose, which includes the data on clinical trials and deaths post-vaccination, as well as almost 30 adverse reactions (from mild to potentially life-threatening) reported post-approval of the vaccine.
The problem is this sheet is provided to the medical care professionals only, and they do not usually show it to patients.
The Patient Sheet About The Vaccine
The patients receive a sheet where the only information listed is about a headache, pain, tiredness, and aches for side effects of Fluzone high-dose and invites you to ask the health provider for more details. That is why is essential for patients to be well informed and ask the right questions to the medical providers.
The second part of your consent is to let you know that if something goes wrong, you cannot sue the pharmacy that gave you the shot and also you cannot sue the manufacturer of the vaccine.
The only thing the patient can do is to report the adverse reactions to The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), and then apply for compensation through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). The VICP has paid out over $3 billion to vaccine injury victims since it started in 1986. It is good to note that two-thirds of applicants are denied, so the real number of victims of vaccine injuries could be higher.
Disclaimer: Please use this article for informational purposes only. And also consult a doctor before making any changes to your health, diet, or medicine-related routine.