New York Times Editorial, August 31, 2009
Not to downplay the tragedy of any death, and the impact on families and friends, but it is difficult to see why world governments have reacted with such panic to the Swine Flu (H1N1) version of the flu, the ordinary versions of which kill people every year. Massive investments of public funds have gone into development of vaccines which are being rushed into production. The NYT editorial points out that only 54 residents of the large population NYC area died in last springs Swine Flu outbreak. And the virus has not become more virulent as it proceeds around the world.
Some of these vaccines are going first to young children and pregnant women. Vaccine's Don't Cause Autism spokesman Paul Offit should watch the outcome of that "experiment". "Adjuvants" of unknown effect will be included in some vaccines AND in the US vaccine manufacturers have been granted liability immunity.
Again, every single death is a real tragedy, and hopefully deaths will be reduced even further by the massive immunization program that the health authorities are pushing. Hopefully too though public health authorities will keep reasonably accurate records of possible side effects of these rushed into production vaccines including the development of Guillain-Barré syndrome, and GBS deaths, as occurred in 1976, and .... any autism diagnosis increases amongst the populations of young children and children born of women who received the Swine Flu vaccines.