The H1N1 (i.e. swine flu) vaccines will be available shortly, and with its future release a horde of misinformation from the anti-vaccination proponents (antivaccs) has come up. Just this morning I came across this little gem. Of course, it’s just the same nonsense about thiomersal and autism I’ve already addressed elsewhere.
Previous to that (and previous to my temporary Xanga absence –the tour was awesome by the way) there was another autisable post dealing with the H1N1 vaccine. I’m not going to go over the whole thing, especially as most of it is just a reiteration of another article. But I would like to bring up some of the main points (both from the original post and the comment section).
2. “Vaccines contain aluminum” (that’s aluminum if you live anywhere besides the U.S. or Canada). -Many vaccines do contain small amounts of aluminum. This is a good thing. Aluminum is an adjuvant that makes proteins (specifically antigens) more potent, thus actually requiring fewer vaccines. (By the way, for those that read the autisable post, as at least one person correctly pointed out, squalene is not aluminum.)
If we were to compile all the vaccines given to a child over a ten year period it would amount to about 1,200 micrograms of aluminum. According to ATSDR the average human adult safely takes in 7-9 milligrams of aluminum a day through food alone. So on the low end (7 mg), children –over a decade–get the same amount of aluminum you can safely eat in two days. As it were influenza vaccines don’t even contain aluminum salts.
3. “The 1976 flu vaccine killed more people than the flu itself.” -There were some 25 deaths that occurred after inoculation with the 1976 flu vaccine. As it were the causation to the vaccine itself is still a bit sketchy at best. In any case, when pointing out that more people supposedly died from the vaccine than the actual virus antivaccs fail to recognize that the death rate from the flu was reduced DUE TO THE VACCINE!!! When you compare the death rates between the 1976 outbreak, when the vaccine was available, next to the death rates of the 1918 H1N1 outbreak (50-100 million deaths), for which there was no vaccine when the outbreaks occurred, the picture (should at least) become much clearer. Though I suppose looking through the eyes of an antivacc is much like looking at food through the eyes of a starving man, anything (despite a lack of true substance) will do.
Any other H1N1 misinformation out there?