[BPSDB]Mike Adams of Natural News is still banging on about the UK seasonal flu vaccine shortage. He makes his case by completely misunderstanding UK health care provision and invoking Andrew Wakefield’s fraudulent research.
After months of urging everyone to get vaccinated (and blaming non-vaccinated people for skipping out on their “public health obligation”), UK health authorities announced last week that “healthy people” were to blame for causing a vaccine shortage
Actually, the health authorities have been urging people in the “at risk” groups to get vaccinated. And they are criticising those “not at risk” not “healthy people” for buying private vaccines when supply is short.
The seasonal flu vaccine delusion looks even more ridiculous in light of the new marching orders from UK health authorities who, just three days ago, announced that seasonal flu mass vaccination programs for children should be halted.
As the vaccine is in short supply, it is reserved for the most at risk groups. Children are deemed less at risk than other groups (not a decision I would like to have to make) so they are not being vaccinated. This is not the same as saying that they don’t need it.
Now, what we really know about the vaccine industry is that the marketing motto goes something like this: When vaccines are in short supply, only sell them to people who need them. When vaccines are in abundant supply, sell them to people who don’t need them.
Here we see Adams airing his ignorance of UK healthcare. Doctors do not sell vaccines to their patients. Vaccination is free at the point of demand on the NHS.
That original decision to vaccinate all children was derived from vaccine-propaganda “research” published in The Lancet — the same medical journal that pushes an aggressive vaccine agenda while simultaneously pursuing a modern-day witch hunt against Dr Andrew Wakefield, the researcher who demonstrated a correlation between vaccines and autism.
Lots of wrong here. Wakefield is not a doctor – he was struck off by the GMC – which is not run by The Lancet. And he did not demonstrate any such correlation. His paper was based on 12 pre-selected case studies so would not have been proof even if the research was genuine. But it was not even genuine, it was fraudulent. To demonstrate a correlation, you would need something like the Danish cohort study which studied over half a million children (of whom 82% had received the MMR vaccination) – and showed that there was no correlation between the MMR jabs and autism. Incidently, far from orchestrating a campaign against Wakefield, The Lancet came late to this particular party – possibly they were embarrassed about publishing his original dodgy paper.
This is the sort of person Wakefield is:
Who perpetrated this fraud? There is no doubt that it was Wakefield. Is it possible that he was wrong, but not dishonest: that he was so incompetent that he was unable to fairly describe the project, or to report even one of the 12 children’s cases accurately? No. A great deal of thought and effort must have gone into drafting the paper to achieve the results he wanted: the discrepancies all led in one direction; misreporting was gross. Moreover, although the scale of the GMC’s 217 day hearing precluded additional charges focused directly on the fraud, the panel found him guilty of dishonesty concerning the study’s admissions criteria, its funding by the Legal Aid Board, and his statements about it afterwards.
If he were criticising someone he opposed, at this point Adams would be looking for conflicts of interest. Wakefield had a patent on a single vaccine which would be very profitable if MMR was discredited but for some reason Adams fails to mention this.
Anyway – back to flu. Adams is trying to use pro-vaccine research to discredit vaccination in a kind of judo argument*
Mass vaccinations don’t work well, even according to vaccine proponents While all this is going on, a new theoretical approach to stopping the spread of seasonal flu has emerged from the field of quantum physics, where three physicists from Michigan State University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem devised a new vaccination approach that
accelerates the “natural extinction” of the virus through what they call “selective vaccination.”
They found that the practice of mass vaccination is scientifically unnecessary (and that’s even if you believe that seasonal flu vaccines work at all).
I had a look at the article to which Adams links. At the bottom of the page I read:
Meerson and colleagues have yet to model their periodic vaccination scheme using real-world data. But they say their calculations show that vaccinating just a few percent of the population could reduce the time it takes to eradicate a disease from, say, five months, to between three and four. The researchers hope to continue refining their work on this phenomenon.
Quite apart from misgivings about invoking “quantum” outside of sub-atomic physics, it is quite clear that this research is a long way from proving that which Adams wishes it to prove.
The real reason for the shortage is that demand is much higher than expected. Adams is clearly not happy that people actually want vaccination and claims that this is due to us being duped by the mass media:
The mass media, which of course is funded in large part by the pharmaceutical industry, is going along with the demonization of vaccine opponents
The mass media is not “funded in large part by the pharmaceutical industry”. This assertion is an example of making shit up. And as for “going along with the demonisation of vaccine opponents”, would that be the same mass media that lionised Wakefield, was chock full of stories linking MMR to autism and has latterly moved on to scares about the HPV vaccine? If Big Pharma finance was behind this, they should ask for their money back.
*This term was coined by Isaac Asimov, who was describing the way some Young Earth Creationists cherry-pick scientific research in an attempt to discredit evolution.