One of the gravest dangers facing the nation’s seniors is catching the flu. It has become standard medical protocol for seniors to make sure that they have their yearly flu vaccine, under the impression that it will serve as surefire protection against catching that dreaded virus.
However, there have been problems. The flu vaccine is not 100 percent effective, especially with those who have weakened immune systems. So in an attempt to combat this problem, the Food and Drug Administration has approved for American use a Canadian version of the flu vaccine that contains a booster designed to allow the human body to better accept the vaccine.
Dubbed Fluad, this augmented flu vaccine contains MF59, a compound substance made up of squalene and other preservatives. Squalene is an oil-based substance naturally produced by the liver that is designed to boost absorption. Fluad is manufactured by Seqirus, a new company created through the merger of flu vaccine manufacturers Novartis and CS that acquired exclusive rights to the vaccine.
So if you’re over 65 and want Fluad, forget about this flu season. It won’t be available to the general public until next winter. Perhaps it’s for the best since I remain skeptical about not only the merits of a vaccine the FDA seems a tad too happy to approve, but the FDA itself. History bears out my concern.
I recall the furor when the FDA-approved osteoporosis drug Fosamax, which was supposed to prevent fragile bones, was actually responsible for fracturing bones and other serious side effects, including death. Yet in the wake of such horrific incidents, the FDA insisted that Fosamax remained a valuable drug that was beneficial.
If by beneficial the FDA meant that there were now a few less Social Security recipients to pay monthly, then I suppose Fosamax was valuable. Try telling that to the victims and survivors who didn’t dream that a drug designed to protect and fortify would do neither.
Those of us whose childhoods took place in the 1980s remember how Nutrasweet was deemed the savior of the sweetener industry. The FDA quickly gave Nutrasweet’s primary ingredient, aspartame, approval. Fast forward about thirty years, in which it is now common knowledge that aspartame causes harmful effects to the human body once broken down.
It eventually came out that the primary reason why the FDA was so eager to approve aspartame was because the company that created and manufactured the sweetener was owned by former defense attorney Donald Rumsfeld. Speaking of Rumsfeld, during the swine flu epidemic, the FDA claimed that the only proper and approved treatment for the disease was Tamiflu. Guess who owns Tamiflu — the guy who owns Nutrasweet also owns the company that manufactures Tamiflu.
The FDA is especially frightening today since eight of the ten seats are controlled by Monsanto. For those who may not realize it, Monsanto is a chemical company hellbent on pushing their wares and genetically modified organisms down America’s throats. It should come as no surprise that they would quickly approve of an untested flu vaccine that may not do much more than the versions already on the market.
Monsanto got their foot in the door during the Reagan administration and not one president of either major political party has had the backbone to tell them to get lost and stay wherever they crawl back to. It’s easy to see why. Monsanto pays them lots of money in exchange for legislation that favors them. They bought their way into FDA control and unless steps are taken, they will eventually take over completely.
There is no such thing as a perfect flu vaccine. The virus mutates quickly and there are numerous strains in existence, making it impossible to create a uniform vaccine. The vaccine also has a nasty habit of making some recipients sicker than a dog, making the cure far worse than the disease itself. It’s also a yearly cost, ranging anywhere from $10 to $30 depending on whom you ask. For some people, scraping that money together is a sacrifice.
Keep all that in mind the next time you listen to the FDA proclaiming that they’ve approved a miracle flu vaccine. The miracle may be surviving the vaccine itself, not avoiding the virus.