Why don't they want it? Because some of them know too much. Here's the whole tawdry tale.
This week we learned that hospital employees throughout Colorado will be fired unless they get a flu shot by the end of the year. New state health regulations require flu shots for health care workers to be phased in over the next several years, but nearly all hospitals in Colorado have made the vaccinations mandatory-immediately. Employees are exempt from the shot only for medical reasons; if they refuse, they will be suspended, and if they haven't gotten the shot by the end of the year, they will be fired.
Many healthcare workers don't want the injection. No surprise there. They know more about it, that it is not safe by any means. As we reported last month, the US flu shot still contains mercury, which among other things is associated with the development of Alzheimer's. And a recent study indicates that people who received a flu shot were more likely to become infected with the H1N1 flu virus than people who haven't received the shot!
Far safer choices exist to keep people from catching the flu-the most important of which is to ensure an adequate level of vitamin D in your system. Even so, mainstream medicine, the mass media, and federal and local governments all push the flu vaccine as if it is humanity's last, best hope.
Why? It's our old friend Crony Capitalism at work again:
- The government has formed strong partnerships with the pharmaceutical industry. For example, the federal government has just invested $400 million of your money toward the development and manufacture of vaccines and "medical countermeasures" to be used in health emergencies and preparedness protection. Vaccine giants Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, and Lonza are among those on the receiving end.
- Sometimes, as in the case of Gardasil, the government itself is involved in the vaccine's development and grants a license to a vaccine maker for profit. The government is also subsidizing the development of adjuvants-that is, vaccine agents designed to increase the immune response-which are often very dangerous substances.
- The government then reviews the product for safety and efficacy and-no big shocker here-approves it. It then subsidizes the vaccine's manufacture-$2.8 billion of taxpayer money in 2005 was spent subsidizing the rapid development of cell-based technology for making the flu vaccine.
- Having demonstrated a complete lack of objectivity, the same government issues guidelines to the states about mandating flu shots for all school children and healthcare workers.
- It then shields the vaccine manufacturer from any liability for adverse reactions to the flu shot, dismisses reports of adverse events, refuses to investigate them or even study whether the vaccine is actually conferring any immunity, which in many instances is highly doubtful.
What is especially troubling about this recital of blatant conflicts of interest and flagrant disregard for public safety is that none of the participants seem to feel the slightest shame over it. Instead they haughtily dismiss their critics as cranks or flat-earthers and go right on practicing crony medicine.