[A]ccording to an article at The Australian this morning, Italy has now banned further use of the seasonal flu vaccine FLUAD pending further investigation into the cause of death in thirteen patients.
FLUAD contains an adjuvant called MF59, which is made by Novartis and is based on our old friend squalene. As to whether or not the deaths are attributable to squalene or a ‘bad batch’ of product is unknown, but human bodies do not react well to oil-based ‘adjuvants’. The addition of these ‘adjuvants’ is done–we’re told–to improve immune response, but it’s really done to provide an almost instant response (to the adjuvant), which theoretically helps the body to develop a quick immunity to the flu virus itself. Also, adjuvants allow manufacturers to use less of the actual virus (in this case two flu viruses), which saves time and money.
Read about the deaths in Italy via Italy says 13 Novartis flu vaccine deaths | The Australian.
[L]ongtime listeners to our internet podcast, PID Radio, may remember that back in 2009 or so, Derek and I were talking about the government’s proposal that Swine Flu vaccine manufacturers be allowed to add an adjuvant to their vaccine cocktails to keep costs to a minimum and ‘stretch’ the amount of active ingredients within the vaccine. At the time, health and wellness groups throughout the country made a massive squawk about squalene, the proposed adjuvant that was only permitted in Europe.
Journalist Gary Matsumoto, author of Vaccine A: The Covert Experiment that’s Killing our Soldiers, and Why GI’s Are Only the First Victims, asserts that squalene was included as an adjuvant (read that as ‘money saving measure’) in the Anthrax vaccine given to Gulf War soldiers, and that Gulf War Syndrome is a consequence of squalene’s effect on the immune systems of these brave men and women. In 2009, we managed to remove the squalene inclusion option from vaccines given to US citizens (other than soldiers, that is), but a study released today by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) may change all that. Continue reading “Hey, Kids! Squalene’s Back!”