I'm wondering if ANYONE out there is giving flu vaccine made by Chiron after reading this article. It seems EVERYTHING they've made is suspect and the only safe flu vaccine is made by Aventis Pasteur. Considering how the military always buys things on bid from the lowest bidder, it's no wonder the flu shot always made me sick if this is was the state of things back in the 80's too.
All of Chiron Corp.'s 55 million doses of flu vaccine is tainted and unsafe to use, U.S. health officials concluded Friday -- dashing the government's last faint hope to avert a nationwide flu shot shortage.
None of the flu vaccine was given to U.S. consumers, top American health officials said, because British and American authorities had quarantined supplies pending testing. All flu shots being distributed in America are safe and manufactured by another company, Aventis Pasteur. (more at link)
When I read this part;
Only six states -- California, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas, Michigan and New York -- report sporadic flu activity.
I began to wonder if those are the states where more flu shots have already been given out (tic). You can
be sure that Florida with their older retired citizens would be one of the first states issuing flu shots.
Is this just fear mongering or is there truth to this? I read the same paragraph this blogger refers to and wondered the same thing myself a few days ago.
Researcher Patricia Doyle has uncovered a very disturbing paragraph at the end of a Reuters article dated October 6:
?The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] was working to find out where [Chiron flu] vaccines had already been shipped to providers such as clinics, drug stores and employers.?
The paragraph is, of course, about the explosively widening Chiron flu vaccine scandal.
In previous stories, I?ve discussed the fact that this vaccine, just banned as UNSAFE and CONTAMINATED, was already shipped, in huge quantities, from England to the US, where it has been sitting in distributors? warehouses.
The vials of vaccine have escaped quarantine.
US health authorities are downplaying the situation.
Acting FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford told reporters that inspections and testing in the Liverpool, England, plant owned by Chiron Corp. showed that none of the flu vaccine can be shipped here for the 2004-2005 flu season.
"We believe all of the lots produced here, produced by that plant, are suspect at this point and we cannot allow them to be used in the United States in the interest of public health," Crawford says.
So,....what does that imply about the vaccine that has already been shipped. Maybe everyone WOULD be safer getting a placebo or no vaccine at all this year.