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1 in 10 pregnant women die from flu - Did you receive the flu vaccine?

Posted by on Dec. 12, 2014 at 2:10 PM
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1 in 10 Pregnant Women Die From Preventable Disease

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Pregnancy changes everything from your cravings to your belly, but while most of the changes that occur are perfectly normal, the sad fact remains: about 650 women in the United States die each year from pregnancy and delivery complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And a new study coming out of the United Kingdom shows that nearly one in 10 pregnancy deaths is caused by a common ailment: the flu.

The study compiled data from 2009 to 2012 and found that dozens of women who had elected not to receive a free vaccine ultimately died after they contracted the virus.

More from The Stir: What You Need to Know About Pregnancy & the Flu Shot

The pros and cons of a flu shot have been debated over the years. And flu shots and pregnancy? That's a whole other story.

Some doctors have recommended skipping the shot during the first trimester. Others deem it to be safe. The CDC recommends the shot for every woman who's pregnant during flu season, and they say it's "been given safely to millions of pregnant women over many years."

Pregnancy causes extra strain on the heart and lungs -- two of the most vulnerable areas for the flu. And with a greatly weakened immune system, pregnant women also face greater risks. From stillbirth to premature birth (and even low birth weight), the flu can drastically affect the developing fetus.

The best plan is to always consult with your doctor, but this study is sure to play a role in the decision you make.

Did you receive the flu vaccine while pregnant?


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by on Dec. 12, 2014 at 2:10 PM
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by Bronze Member on Dec. 12, 2014 at 2:18 PM
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I did but I got it early and the CDC just came out with a statement that the flu vaccine they have been giving is not effective over the mutated strain that just evolved. Kinda a waste, then!
by Bronze Member on Dec. 12, 2014 at 2:40 PM
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That title is very misleading. It makes it sound like 10% of all pregnant women will get the flu and die!
by Silver Member on Dec. 12, 2014 at 2:53 PM
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I'll pass considering getting the vaccination has almost killed more than one of my family members from being made overseas for strains we don't have here & making you more susceptible to serious ones we do.

The recent notice that flu vaccinations are a dud was really no shocker to me.

Flu vaccination is a money maker - not a life safer - if you ask me.

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by Bronze Member on Dec. 12, 2014 at 3:05 PM

I got it with my DS4, because I was pregnant with him during flu season. This time around I delivered before flu season started.

by Silver Member on Dec. 12, 2014 at 3:25 PM
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no. i read the inserts and they said they have not tested on pregnant women. so the side effects and effectiveness are unknown.

by on Dec. 12, 2014 at 5:34 PM
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The title is wrong, it's 1 in 10 deaths in pregnancy is related to the flu. Not 1 in 10 pregnant women die from the flu. No way would I get vaccinated while pregnant.
by Member on Dec. 12, 2014 at 5:35 PM
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I don't get the flu shot when I'm not pregnant so no I didn't get it while pregnant either.
by Platinum Member on Dec. 12, 2014 at 7:31 PM
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One of the most bizarre twists on the flu vaccine saga is the CDCrecommendation of 2001 that all pregnant women receive the vaccine in their second or third trimester. This recommendation even has doctors confused, since the vaccine remains a category C drug (unknown risk for pregnancy). No adequate studies have been conducted to monitor safety of the vaccine for mother and fetus. The only studies of adverse effects in pregnancy were conducted in the 1970s (Heinonen et al., 1973; Sumaya & Gibbs, 1979). Some flu vaccines still contain mercury as a preservative, despite a 1998 FDAinstruction to remove mercury from all drugs. According to the CDC, two groups are most vulnerable to methylmercury — the fetus and children ages 14 and younger. An article published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 1999 stated, “the greatest susceptibility to methylmercury neurotoxicity occurs during late gestation” (Grandjean et al., 1999). How did CDC committee members determine that flu vaccines were safe for pregnant women? They did not. The committee, despite its own recommendation, states, “additional data are needed to confirm the safety of vaccination during pregnancy” (CDC, 2001b).

by Platinum Member on Dec. 12, 2014 at 7:32 PM
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Why does the CDC claim a flu vaccine during pregnancy is a safe and effective when even the H1N1 vaccine insert clearly states this is not true?

According to all official health reports, we are now fully in flu season.  It is that time of year when public health officials, physicians pediatricians and pharmacists warn that everyone over 6 months of age and older should protect themselves and get vaccinated. This includes renewed propaganda to influence pregnant women to protect their unborn child and to threaten healthcare workers with job termination if they refuse vaccination.   

A recent case that has received widespread media attention across the major networks was the firing of a pregnant nurse, Dreonna Breton, from her job at Horizon Healthcare Services in Lancaster Pennsylvania for refusing the flu vaccine. Having waded through the scientific research about flu vaccine safety, Breton made the decision to reject because she felt the lack of safetyoutweighed the vaccine's benefits.  Hence her employer fired her without giving due consideration to her personal OBGYN's recommendations nor the scientific evidence she provided in support of her refusal.  The official dogma, still touted by the mainstream media, is that the flu vaccine is effective, safe and there is no need for pregnant women to avoid vaccination.

The question with all vaccines has always been whether or not the studies support federal official and the medical establishment's claims.

There is a very simple reason why the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists notes on their website that "no study to date has seen an adverse consequence of inactivate influenza vaccine in pregnant women and their offspring."  This is because no such study has been accurately designed and  performed to determine the flu vaccine's safety in pregnant women.  The ACOG and CDC are not legally required to tell the truth about anything. They can spin words and science to their heart's content without legal repercussions for wrong doing or criminal behavior. Nobody takes these associations and the federal agencies to court for cherry picking their studies or conducting remarkably poor clinical trials in order to promote their personal agendas and lies. However, private vaccine makers are required to provide the most accurate information available to vaccine administering physicians and healthcare workers on manufacturing package inserts. This is not only required to educate physicians about the vaccines being given to their patients, but also to provide a rough guideline in the event of vaccine adverse effects and injury. And what do we find on these inserts? Almost categorically, there is the warning that "safety and effectiveness have not been established in pregnant women or nursing mothers" for these flu vaccines.

There is a single question that needs to be answered: what is the actual gold standard proof to claim that the flu vaccine is safe for pregnant women and will not harm her fetus?  There is none. Nor is there any valid evidence that flu vaccines are effective.

In an interview with Dr. Thomas Jefferson, coordinator for the Cochrane Vaccine Field in Rome, Italy, he stated that in 2009 he conducted a thorough review of 217 published studies on flu vaccines and found only 5% reliable. In other words, 95% of published flu vaccine studies are flawed and their conclusions should be dismissed. This is not a great surprise; even CDC officials were  forced to confess that "influenza vaccines are still among the least effective immunizing agents available, and this seems to be particularly true for elderly recipients."[1] Dr. Anthony Morris, a distinguished virologist and a former Chief Vaccine Office at the FDA, found "there is no evidence that any influenza vaccine thus far developed is effective in preventing or mitigating any attack of influenza.' Dr. Morris stated, "The producers of these vaccines know they are worthless, but they go on selling them anyway."[2]

In 2013, Dr. Peter Doshi at MIT and Johns Hopkins University  published a devastating report in the British Medical Journal discrediting the official fear tactics about flu season. In the report Doshi stated, "The vaccine may be less beneficial and less safe than has been claimed, and the threat of influenza seems to be overstated." He notes that a study published by an Australian team found that "one in every 110 children under the age of five had convulsions following vaccinations in 2009 for HINI influenza."[3]  Separate independent studies conducted in the UK, Finland and Sweden concur that the flu vaccine directly contributed to the rise in cases of narcolepsy following receipt of GlaxoSmithKline's Pandemrix vaccine. The conclusion is that the vaccine triggered an immune reaction against the children's sleep center cells.[4]  If these serious events are occurring among children, what are the true adverse effects happening to an unborn developing fetus in the womb when the mother is vaccinated?

The CDC's website states, "if you are pregnant, a flu shot is your best protection against serious illness from the flu. A flu shot can protect pregnant women, their unborn babies and even the baby after birth."  Is there any scientific truth to this claim?[5]  We would expect that if this were true, then we would find this mentioned on the flu vaccine package inserts. But we don't. For example, for the H1N1 vaccine inserts, we find "It is not known whether these vaccines can cause fetal harm when administered to pregnant women or can affect reproduction capacity." 

Surprisingly few vaccine studies have been performed on pregnant women. And none of them according to Dr. Jefferson are "high quality." While some extremely poor trials have been conducted, the CDC's National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Disease research into the potential dangers and risks of the flu vaccine to both mom and fetus is negligible. After evaluating all flu vaccine studies on pregnant women, and finding them "artificial" in the way they were designed and carried out, Dr. Jefferson concludes that "I would be very very cautious about vaccinating unborn babies."[6]

by Platinum Member on Dec. 12, 2014 at 7:34 PM
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A study appearing in the journal Vaccine provides a strong warning against administering the flu vaccine to pregnant woman.[9] The study observed a rise in inflammation in pregnant woman that relates directly to preeclampsia and leading to premature births. Commenting upon this study, Sayer Ji, founder of GreenMedInfo, wrote this should be expected given the "highly inflammatory, neurotoxic and immunotoxic" ingredients found in flu vaccines.

In 2009 during the height of the swine flu, we published a review a safety trials conducted by the National Institutes for Allergies and Infectious Diseases for pregnant women, persons with asthma, and the co-administration of the H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines in healthy adults and the elderly. Once again these studies display the power of deceptive science for propaganda use.  At that time, results were twisted, kneaded and molded into a smiley face, plastered on the CDC's and pro-vaccine health websites, and aired across the media waves to convince us to rush to our nearest vaccination facility.

Those particular NIAID studies were performed in collaboration with Novartis and Sanofi Pasteur, each a manufacturer of an approved H1N1 vaccine. Novartis' Head of Strategic Immunization Planning, Dr. Clement Levin, and Sanofi Pasteur's President Damian Braga sat as representatives on the CDC's Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP). The vaccine industrial complex is therefore involved in making our health choices for us. Furthermore, a review of all the clinical sites where the trials will be conducted reveals that most had representation on the ACIP. There was no indication of any independent research entities participating in the trials without financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry.

The pregnancy study only included 120 women, and one of the exclusion criteria included any woman whose temperature rises to 100 degrees F or higher during the first 72 hours after injection being removed from the study. This last point is a clear example of a confounder intentionally inserted into the study because adverse side effects that may appear in any of these women would not be included in the final data analysis.

The American public has every reason to be suspicious over our health officials vaccination claims and to hold them in distrust and even contempt. Citizens' confidence in the flu vaccine's safety has dropped dramatically across the developed countries. Our tax dollars are spending approximately several billions of dollars annually to mass-vaccinate the American population with a biological product without any scientifically concise proof of safety and efficacy. But our distrust should not be based on the incestuous romance between government and the vaccine industry, although this surely exists. Instead, the policy decisions being ruled by our national Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice rely on exceptionally bad science. This is what should alarm Americans because it undermines the very foundation of medicine as an art to prevent disease, pain and suffering. So to our health bureaucrats, "It's the science, stupid!"

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