Webinar on flu vaccine by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny

By Susan Johnson
Copy Editor

On Oct. 11, 2010, a Webinar, an online program, was presented by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, an osteopath and advocate of free choice in health care. She was joined by Dr. Mayer Eisenstein, author of Don’t Vaccinate Before You Educate and Make an Informed Vaccine Decision.

The session began with the following topics:

1. What is influenza?

2. How are flu shots made?

3. Are there problems with the ingredients?

4. Exemptions: Avoiding flu shots

5. How to stay well during flu season without a flu shot

Dr. Tenpenny explained the various flu virus types—A, B, C—and which groups of people are most likely to be affected. Since 1977, A viruses associated with human illness have been H3N2, H1N2, H5N1, and H1N1. There are 168 different conditions that can cause influenza-like illness.

Over the last 11 years, nearly 86 percent of all influenza-like illnesses were not caused by  influenza viruses. From 1997 to 2008, only 13.94 percent of the illnesses were caused by flu viruses. Each year, a nine-month production schedule is required to produce influenza vaccine.

Today, the manufacturers are moving away from eggs and toward a cell-line production. Egg manufacturing is both time and labor intensive, and can only produce one cycle per season. Therefore, it was decided to use cell lines in mammal cells. Producers can get a crop of vaccines every six to eight weeks and get a new crop whenever they want.

VERO cells are derived from kidney cells of African green monkeys. FluBlok is made from insect cells (caterpillar eggs). MDCK cells are created from a dog’s kidney. Cells have been immortalized and divided since 1959. PER.C6 are manufactured for Crucell. The cell line is derived from a single human retina cell from an aborted fetus. PER.C6 cells are combined with an adenovirus to create a number of cells called a “designer substrate”–or oncogenic cells that have the potential to become cancer. These cells have caused tumors when injected into experimental animals.

There are currently eight different brands of flu shots approved for use in the U.S. Several more brands are available in Europe. Each one has different chemicals in it, and can come with or without mercury, and cause different complications. For more information, see the website flushot.com.

How many deaths are caused annually by influenza? The figure commonly given is 36,000, according to medical claims. Where did this estimate come from? The source was a 2003 study by JAMA that used a statistical model to estimate the number of deaths over five seasons from 1990-1999. The CDC says it “doesn’t know” exactly how many people die from seasonal flu each year. The American Lung Association has a long list of flu-related deaths, but it is not 36,000—it is an annual average of 1,244.

Do flu shots work? The Cochrane Collaboration Vaccine Project has published several papers. In 2005-06, they looked at all the statistics in 51 studies in pediatrics and influenza, and their conclusion was that there is no evidence that injecting children 6-23 months of age is any more effective in preventing them from getting the flu than using a placebo. Children with asthma are being pushed to get the flu shot. From 1996-2006, a retrospective cohort study was done at Mayo Clinic. They found that children with asthma had more chance of getting the flu. A review of 25 reports involving 60,000 adults found that vaccination of elderly adults only reduces the risk of influenza by 6 percent and only reduced the number of lost work days by one day.

Flu shots for seniors? A review of  75 research studies over 40 years said that conclusions cannot be drawn. [See “Influenza vaccine has no effect: Cochrane Collaboration study says,” by Kevin Hayden, Feb. 19, 2010]

What about problematic ingredients? A partial list includes (1) Triton X100, a strong detergent; (2) Polysorbate 80 (Tween80): can cause severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis; (3) Latex; (4) Sodium deoxycholate; (5) Formaldehyde, a known carcinogen; (6) Gelatin, which can cause severe allergic reactions; (7) Mercury.

Adjuvants (ingredients added to vaccines) are capable of accelerating the activation of the immune system. Once an abnormal response is turned on, there is no way to turn it off.

Four Canadian studies involving approximately 2,000 people found that those who had the seasonal flu vaccine were more likely to get sick with the H1N1 virus. Researchers found that the seasonal flu vaccine was associated with a 1.4 to 5.0 times greater risk of having swine flu. The study raised questions about the biological implications of the flu vaccine.

Dr. Tenpenny (and others) recommend Vitamin D3 in 5,000 to 10,000 IU per day for ages 12 to adult as a preventative. For more specific information and available materials, see her website: www.drtenpenny.com.

From the Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 2010 issue