Today we are mourning as we learn of more deaths of previously healthy children and young adults.
VaxTruth and the #CDCwhistleblower community of parents would like to offer our most sincere condolences and prayers to the families of Kiera Driscoll, Katherine McQuestion, Ayzlee McCarthy, Amber Gray, Kristie Green, Kaylynne Matten, Christopher Kanervisto, Chandler Webb, Ronan Burgess, and Patty Methot.
Kiera’s father, Patrick, said his daughter developed a cough and fever Sunday. On Monday, she was taken to a clinic, and prescribed steroids and a nebulizer. She collapsed later that day, and his wife performed CPR on Kiera until paramedics arrived. Kiera later died.
Patrick Driscoll said that Kiera had been vaccinated against the flu. He said doctors confirmed that Kiera had contracted the same strain for which she had been vaccinated.
McQuestion’s mother said her daughter was healthy, beautiful and smart. She married in September, and her funeral was held on Tuesday. McQuestion’s mother said her daughter was required to and had received a flu shot, but it didn’t keep her from becoming sick.”
Ayzlee McCarthy, 3, was buried New Year’s Day in Elk Horn… she died Monday morning at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines not even 72 hours after she started showing flu like symptoms.
“She was completely healthy, nothing wrong with her. Yeah just a healthy typical 14-year-old girl which makes what happens to her that much more shocking.”
Kristie Green died the day after Christmas… Green’s daughter says she can’t believe her mother is gone.
Kiera, Ayzlee, Amber, and Kristie had two things in common. They all got this year’s flu shot. They all were diagnosed with Type A Influenza, which is one of the Influenza strains contained each year in the flu shot, regardless of which version is given. Influenza Type B is also contained in yearly flu shots. Ayzlee was diagnosed with both Type A and Type B Influenza. Because of her age, it is likely that Ayzlee received the Flu Mist vaccine – a live virus vaccine. We do not know for sure which vaccines they received. All we know is that each of these formerly healthy, vibrant individuals got the flu shot. They (or their parents) thought they were protected and now they are gone.
The CDC has stated that this year’s flu shot is less effective than most yearly flu shots because the virus has mutated. That happens. Viruses mutate and change (so do bacteria). They do so in order to avoid eradication. The viruses are trying to survive and the more we try to wipe them out, the more likely they are to mutate. This may be happening with the flu viruses in part as a result of the increase in vaccination of children and young adults. In the not-so-distant past, deaths from flu were nearly unheard of in children and young adults. They were far more likely to occur in the aged – those past the age of 65. That was during the time (prior to 2004-2009) when basically the only people who were pressured to get yearly flu shots were people over the age of 65.
We all need to be informed. We all need to make educated decisions. Many of us turn to the CDC for advice when we don’t know what to do.
Why is the CDC pushing this year’s flu shot when it is ineffective against this year’s strain of flu? It is difficult to say, but one possible reason may be related to finances. The CDC receives money for each vaccine that is sold.
When we are seeking unbiased advice about decisions that carry life and death consequences, maybe we shouldn’t be asking for it from those who have a financial stake in the outcome of our decisions.
In their push to get every man, woman and child to get this year’s flu shot, the CDC and the mainstream media reports have repeatedly stated that everyone should still get it, even though it is “less effective” than usual, because getting the flu shot will provide some sort of “cross-over protection” and may make flu symptoms less severe. I haven’t seen ANY proof of those statements and they really just don’t make sense. A vaccine for one virus works against different viruses? If getting a vaccine for chickenpox worked against measles, why do we need both?
I really would like to see the data the CDC is using to base its claim that getting the vaccine lessens symptoms of flu. As this excellent article indicates, research strongly suggests the opposite is true and that getting the flu vaccine actually makes flu symptoms worse. Judging from the increasing number of deaths among children and young adults who have received the flu vaccine, and using a little common sense… the CDC’s claims don’t really resonate with me. And then there’s some very compelling evidence from the Cochrane Collaboration, one of the world’s most prestigious independent research groups. (Independent meaning unlike The CDC, they don’t receive any money from the sale of vaccines.)
The Cochrane Collaboration has this to say about the CDC’s claims:
The CDC authors clearly do not weight interpretation by quality of the evidence, but quote anything that supports their theory.” – from the Cochrane Collaboration’s Review of Influenza Vaccine Efficacy & Safety Studies
The Cochrane Collaboration’s research on the flu vaccine is very important reading for anyone who wants an unbiased, well-researched opinion. After studying the published research dating back to the 1960s, on flu vaccine efficacy and safety, the Cochrane Collaboration researchers found that the makers of the flu vaccine actually hit their mark about 10% of the time. So this year’s flu vaccine fiasco is nothing new. Ninety percent of the flu vaccines made since the 1960’s have been ineffective. In a “good year,” when the vaccine actually targets the strain of flu that is circulating, the effectiveness varies, depending on the age and immune status of the recipient. Efficacy at preventing flu ranges from about 30% to about 1% in healthy adults. The researchers found no effect on flu vaccination when it comes to preventing hospitalizations, preventing the spread of influenza-like-illness, or preventing serious complications from flu. You can read more about the Cochrane Collaborations flu research here.
When attempting to make informed decisions about health care, we need to not only consider if a proposed intervention works (the benefit); we also must consider the potential harm of the intervention (the risks). This is what is known as the Risk-Benefit Analysis. With regard to the flu vaccine, assessing the risk is difficult because we don’t have accurate data. The best we have is VAERS – Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System; a database maintained by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Unfortunately, because VAERS is a voluntary reporting system and there are no consequences to doctors, nurses or pharmacists for failing to report adverse reactions to vaccines, the AMA estimates that less than 10% of reactions is ever reported, and the number may be as low as 1-2%. This makes it very difficult to assess whether any benefit of flu vaccine outweighs the risks. What we do know is that in the last few years, the number of serious reactions reported to VAERS from flu vaccines has been steadily increasing. We also know that adverse events from flu vaccines are now the most frequent cases being filed with the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Go here for more information.
As we are grieving the loss of increasing numbers of children and young adults, the goal of this post is two-fold: It is my most sincere prayer that the families of Ayzlee, Amber, and Kristie know how much we mourn the loss of their precious family members. Our prayers, our sympathy, and our love go out to you. As painful as this is, it is also our goal to educate others and to hopefully prevent more lives being lost.
Please. Educate before you vaccinate.
These are just four of the most recent deaths of which we have become aware. There are others.
Nicole and Justin Matten of Barton have lived every parent’s worst nightmare. On December 2 their 7-year-old daughter, Kaylynne, visited her physician for an annual checkup. She got a flu shot. The next day, she developed a bad headache and fever. On December 6, the normally happy and healthy girl, who had no previous history of chronic health problems or adverse reactions to vaccines, turned blue, stopped breathing and died in her mother’s arms.”
We finally received the autopsy results in mid-February 2010. Cause of death: Viral Myocarditis. The medical examiner said it was the “flu” he had in October. I reminded her he had not had the flu; it was the vaccine he had in October… In Christopher’s case I believe it was the vaccine that triggered the Myocarditis… I wouldn’t wish this on anyone, he was my little boy.”
A doomed man pleaded with his doctors to save him as he slipped into a coma last month — a coma he never woke up from…Now Lori Webb says the death of her son, Chandler Webb, 19, was caused by a flu shot he received the week before he was rushed to the hospital.”
Calandra (Ronan’s mother) told our reporters that Ronan received the nasal flu vaccine in November. “All three of my children had the nasal spray. My other two kids didn’t get sick at all,” said Burgess.
Calandra hopes Ronan’s death will help others learn about the flu vaccine.
“It gives his life meaning. And it gives his death meaning. That’s the only way I can look at it,” Calandra said.
VaxTruth notes that when interviewed after Ronan’s death, his mother did not believe the vaccine was a contributing factor. Sadly, she blamed herself. She stated she and her husband had not been vaccinated and they contracted the flu. Mrs. Burgess expressed her feelings of guilt and urged others to ensure they were vaccinated. We wanted to include Ronan among those we honor in this post because we feel it is important to report the truth. There is no way to know if the vaccine contributed to his death, or if he would have become ill even if his parents had not. FluMist is a live virus vaccine and can cause infection in those who receive it. FluMist recipients can also spread the flu to others for up to a month after vaccination, as the manufacturer’s insert states (see Table 5, page 14). We pray you Rest In Peace, Ronan, and we pray blessings for solace to your family.
Patty Methot developed pneumonia and a blood infection after being diagnosed with H1N1, Giusti said. She said Methot died with family members by her side, including her husband and Kelsey (her 10 year-old daughter).
Neither antiviral medication nor vaccination was able to save Patty Methot’s life, Giusti said.
“That’s the kicker of the whole thing. She had the flu shot — we all did,” Giusti said.
Sadly, we know there are many we haven’t heard about yet, and many more to come. Please help us spread the word, so other families are able to make informed decisions.
Additional research regarding FluMist:
Following infection with an influenza virus, infected or recently recovered individuals become transiently susceptible to excess bacterial infections, particularly Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus. Indeed, in the absence of preexisting comorbidities, bacterial infections are a leading cause of severe disease during influenza epidemics. While this synergy has been known and is well studied, what has not been explored is the natural extension of these interactions to live attenuated influenza vaccines (LAIVs). Here we show, in mice, that vaccination with LAIV primes the upper respiratory tract for increased bacterial growth and persistence of bacterial carriage, in a manner nearly identical to that seen following wild-type influenza virus infections. Importantly, LAIV, unlike wild-type virus, did not increase severe bacterial disease of the lower respiratory tract. These findings may have consequences for individual bacterial disease processes within the upper respiratory tract, as well as bacterial transmission dynamics within LAIV-vaccinated populations.
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