23 Seniors Died After Receiving This Year’s Flu Shot Sold by Pharmacies

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Package insert for Fluzone flu vaccine marketed to seniors reveals 23 seniors died during drug trial.

The annual marketing campaign pushing people to receive flu vaccinations is in full force. CVS Pharmacies is offering a 20% off shopping pass if you purchase a flu vaccine.

As you can see in the screen shot below, taken from the CVS website, senior citizens over the age of 65 are being targeted to get the “high-dose” flu vaccine.

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The FAQ at the CVS website defines the “high-dose” flu vaccine: “Containing four times the amount of antigen (the part of the vaccine that causes the body to produce antibody) in regular flu shots, high-dose flu shots, along with the additional antigen produced, are intended to create a stronger immune response.”

The name of this flu vaccine that is marketed for seniors is called “Fluzone.” You can find it being marketed to seniors at all the major pharmacies in the United States.

Package inserts for flu vaccines show a multitude of side effects, including death, and yet they are marketed the same as over-the-counter drugs with no prescription needed. Why?

Because in the United States vaccines enjoy complete immunity from lawsuits in the market place. If you are injured or die from a vaccine, you or your family cannot sue the manufacturer of the vaccine. This law enacted by Congress, was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011.

Therefore, they are marketed with the same marketing techniques as any other high-profit product. With the baby boomer generation moving into their senior years, today’s seniors are seen as an especially lucrative market.

So financial incentives like discounts on other products, as CVS is doing, is quite common in order to boost vaccine sales.

Walgreens has a different program that especially boosts sales of vaccines:

While vaccine rates in the U.S. among children are close to 90%, rates in other parts of the world (where pharmaceutical companies do not have immunity from the law for adverse effects) are much lower. So, in partnership with Walgreens, a non-profit organization (Shot@Life) buys up the vaccines and sends them to these countries for free (who doesn’t want something for free, especially when you live in a poor country??)

This is a brilliant marketing plan for the pharmaceutical companies, as the U.S. government gives the organization buying the vaccines non-profit status, allowing them to receive tax deductible donations to pay for the vaccines. Walgreens is probably a contributor to the program as a tax write off.

With legal immunity to market dangerous products, don’t expect those doing the marketing and making the profits to warn you of the side effects. You need to find this information yourself, usually from the Internet.

For those pro-vaccine forces that warn people how dangerous it is to get information from the Internet, the information we are about to share is directly from the FDA website (at least at the time of this writing – they have been known to remove items from their website if it gets too much publicity and makes them look bad), and you can look it up yourself.

The high-dose Fluzone vaccine being marketed this flu season to seniors, which has four times the amount of antigens that the regular flu shot has, as well as the non-high dose version, had 23 seniors die during drug trials.

The package insert for the high-dose Fluzone flu vaccine is found here (for now).

In the section documenting adverse effects, this is what is written:

Within 6 months post-vaccination, 156 (6.1%) Fluzone High-Dose recipients and 93 (7.4%) Fluzone recipients experienced a serious adverse event. No deaths were reported within 28 days post-vaccination. A total of 23 deaths were reported during the period Day 29–180 post-vaccination: (0.6%) among Fluzone High-Dose recipients and 7 (0.6%) among Fluzone 1 recipients. The majority of these participants had a medical history of cardiac, hepatic, neoplastic, renal, and/or respiratory diseases. No deaths were considered to be caused by vaccination.

This statement stating that 23 seniors died, which really should be headline news but is buried in a package insert on the FDA website, begs several questions:

1. By what basis can they conclude that “No deaths were considered to be caused by vaccination”??

2. If, as it is implied, these 23 deaths were all caused by pre-existing conditions, why were there no deaths in the first 28 days? Shouldn’t the deaths, if not attributable to the vaccine but pre-existing conditions, be equally spread out through all time periods?

3. How does the medical history for these 23 seniors compare to the medical history of those who did not die? Were there any significant differences? The range of symptoms given in the package insert can very well cover almost all seniors during the flu season.

Besides death, which is just one “serious adverse event,” there were 226 other “serious” adverse events, for a total of 249 serious adverse events, out of only 3,833 participants.

If this does not constitute a dangerous drug that should probably not even be on the market, then I don’t know what does. And yet, it is sold to unsuspecting seniors and others like candy at these drug stores.

One of these other adverse side effects (besides death) is Guillain-Barré syndrome, which has symptoms similar to polio. If you are brought into an emergency room with the paralyzing effects of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), the first question the doctors will ask you is if you just received the flu shot. Read one story here of how one man went from being able to bench-press 275 pounds to struggling how to walk after receiving last year’s flu shot: Miami Man Contracts Guillain-Barré Syndrome, Nearly Dies After Getting Flu Shot.

The CDC would like you to believe that the risk of GBS from the flu shot is only one out of one million. But if that is the case, why is there a warning on package inserts of flu vaccines, and why is it the first question EMTs ask when dealing with GBS emergencies?

The package insert for Fluzone states: “If Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) has occurred within 6 weeks of previous influenza vaccination, the decision to give Fluzone High-Dose should be based on careful consideration of the potential benefits and risks.”

I wonder how many vaccine sales people at these pharmacies give “careful consideration” to this adverse side effect, or any others, before injecting you?


12 Comments on 23 Seniors Died After Receiving This Year’s Flu Shot Sold by Pharmacies

  1. The average age of this trial group was 72.9. The death rate for this age is .0123395 per year. Of the 3851 participants in this trial, you would expect 48 deaths per year, or 23 deaths in 180 days. 23 deaths is exactly what we would expect from people in this age group for this period of time. In other words, the vaccine had zero effect on the death rate.

  2. The average age of this trial group was 72.9. The death rate for this age is .0123395 per year. Of the 3851 participants in this trial, you would expect 48 deaths per year, or 23 deaths in 180 days. 23 deaths is exactly what we would expect from people in this age group for this period of time. In other words, the vaccine had zero effect on the death rate.

  3. Danny Ebersold

    why would you put chemicals into your body… especially without knowing the risks… that is what the article is saying. We are finding out more and more information about what is in these flu vaccines, and other vaccines. But what we are seeing more and more of is the government and the pharma companies pushing a drug or a vaccine an not actually having to disclose real information to the person getting the injection or medication. The flu is not that scary…. but Aaron, what you are saying is that you want to just walk out the door and not even look both ways before crossing the street not caring if you get hit by a bus. THAT sounds ignorant. EVERY person should question the contents and consequences of ANY medication instead of blindly accepting without questioning your doctors and pharmacists…..

  4. Danny Ebersold

    I can say the same thing about the flu, using your logic. We should just let flu take its natural course since some of the elderly would die any way right? lol

  5. Darla Fuller

    Well your kids have the shots So they will not catch it . So let her make her choice for what she feels is best for her kids.

  6. EXSCUSE ME YOU BUNCH OF PHARMACEUTICAL CLONES , BACKNG THE VALIDITY OF FLU SHOTS, ARNT YOU ALL FORGETTING THEY CONTAIN THIMEROSOL AND A LOT OF OTHER HIGHLY QUESTIONABLE INGREDIENTS, THIMEROSOL IS A DERIVATIVE OF MERCURY WHICH IS A POISON, THAT SHOULD NEVER BE INJECTED INTO THE HUMAN GENOME, AND ALLSO THE VIRUS IS NOT DEAD AS CLAIMED, THERE SEAMS TO BE ALOT OF COMMENT ON THIS POST WITH SO CALLED EXPERT OPINIONS ON THE VALIDITY OF FLU VACCINES, I SAY THIS TO ALL OF YOU, GO AND DO PROPER RESEARCH ON THE DAMAGES CAUSED BY THE FLU VACCINES, OR DO YOU ALL HAVE VESTED INTERESTS IN PROMOTING DEATH, ALL OF YOUR SO CALLED STATISTICAL FACTS ARE ANOTHER METHOD TO CONFUSE THE UNINFORMED ! HANG YOUR HEADS IN SHAME SHARLOTANS !!!!!!

  7. I think we should be talking about JACQUE FRESCO'S "VENUS PROJECT"
    Getting rid of money, using a "Resource Based Economy",
    Got to change ALL of it, to cure ALL of it…

  8. I've Nursed a lot of Old confused or bed ridden People, laid out dead bodies in my Nursing years. Many minds had gone then, 10 yrs ago, a constant stream of sick people, & relatives dying early at the same time ??? knowing if we didnt feed them they would die, eat or stand up & go for a walk, they simply forget, Most symptoms are a result of neglect, because of heavy metals, pollution, foods laced with poisons, minds are effected. it's all going according to plan, form good habits & routine while you still can.

  9. Rhiannon Edge

    good for you! i don't like the fact that you make a choice for your own health and instantly you have people posting that they think your gonna die!! its like they WANT you to die….im a nurse and i get my flu shot every year too! i do it so i do not become a carrier and infect vulnerable people who look to me for safe health care.

  10. Rhiannon Edge

    not seeing a doctor when you think you might have a serious illness is foolish and its cheap its cheap if your only doing that to save money. but…whatevers. a dime a dozen is a life in an epidemic.

  11. Rhiannon Edge

    i just read a bunch of posts from peeps who talk like they know what they are doing but their opinions expose that they have no clue about what they are talking about! there is no vaccine for stupidity fear and hubris.

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