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Swine flu facts

It starts with the name: The term "swine flu" is actually incorrect and very misleading, because the virus A / H1N1 is now a human virus - it is transmitted from person to person. “Only” individual genes of the virus are related to those of viruses spread in pigs. Other genes in the virus, however, are related to genes in viruses that circulate in humans or birds. There are always new types of influenza in humans and that genes of influenza viruses are exchanged between humans, pigs and birds, that has always existed! There is even a technical term here: new sorting.

The only new thing is that this H1N1 strain differs from the H1N1 strains previously represented in humans. There are major differences between bird flu and swine flu:
Avian flu is not easily transmitted from person to person. It has not yet become a human virus. In exceptional cases, the bird flu can be transmitted to humans - then the disease has a very severe course with a high mortality rate. The "swine flu" has a higher risk of transmission, but the avian flu has a higher risk of mortality (almost 50%). Members of the Federal Armed Forces, the Federal Government, ministries and subordinate authorities receive the non-adjuvanted (booster-free) vaccine Celvapan from Baxter. Paradox here: Celvapan is adjuvant-free, but even less tested than Pandemrix. The population, on the other hand, receives the Pandemrix vaccine. Pandemrix and another vaccine, Focetria, contain thiomersal, a mercury compound, in addition to potentiators (adjuvants). "The stuff was deliberately kept out of today's vaccines for small children," says Wolfram Hartmann, President of the Federal Association of Pediatricians.

There are no data available on the widespread use of Pandemrix and more and more doctors are not only advising pregnant women against vaccination because of the incalculable risk posed by the adjuvants. Adjuvants are very strong immune systems and could potentially lead to more side effects such as fatigue, redness of the skin, and joint pain. 50 million doses of the Pandemrix vaccine produced by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) will be loaded onto trucks from Monday at a location near the Dresden Serum Works

No vaccine with a novel adjuvant has yet been approved in the USA. The US drug approval agency FDA overestimates the risk of excessive immune reactions. "Children have an immune system that tends to overreact, and that is exactly what adjuvants could trigger," says Wolfram Hartmann, President of the Federal Association of Pediatricians.

The safety tests of the vaccines did not have to be particularly extensive - only frequent side effects that occurred in at least one in 100 people vaccinated should be recognized. According to the Berlin virologist Detlev H. Krüger in the ARD interview, resistant virus variants can develop if the agent is used for a longer period of time. The whole vaccination campaign will cost the state and health insurance companies at least 600 million euros.

According to a survey by Infratest dimap on behalf of ARD-Morgenmagazin (Friday), more than half of the German citizens (1000 were interviewed) see no need to be vaccinated against the "swine flu": Only 19 percent of the respondents "probably" want to be vaccinated to let; almost one in three (32 percent) is "not very worried" and one in two (50 percent) is "not at all worried".

Swine flu experts

Critical expert commentators on "swine flu" and the upcoming vaccination The Marburg virologist Stefan Becker points out the mild course of the pandemic. The German Medical Association denounces the influence of the pharmaceutical lobby and the Vice-President of the German Medical Association, Cornelia Goesmann, even speaks of “hysterical scare tactics without a tangible background”. In her opinion, the number of seriously ill people is negligible and she is against vaccinating the population.
The editor of the pharmacritical “Arznei-Telegram”, the physician Wolfgang Becker-Büser said: “What we are experiencing here is a large-scale experiment on the German population.” And the head of the health department in the Bremen Senate, Matthias Gruhl, thinks the vaccinations may be superfluous: "If the course of swine flu remains as harmless as it is now, mass vaccination would not be justified," he told Spiegel. There are no signs that a "second, much worse wave of bogus flu is rolling towards us."

Berlin virologist Detlev H. Krüger: “On average, up to 20,000 people die each year in Germany from the" normal "annual flu. Only a few died of swine flu. If you put that into perspective, it is really incomprehensible why there is so much excitement now. "(Heilprak. Thorsten Fischer, October 21, 2009)

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