According to the story, the CDC had stopped collecting data on Swine flu cases back in July. Let’s repeat this so it can settle in our mind’s a bit: the CDC had stopped collecting data on Swine flu cases back in July. Their excuse was that since the government had already muttered the mantra of ‘epidemic’ that there was no need to continue to track actual numbers of people who have Swine Flu. The story also notes that right about the time that this announcement was made the number of cases of Swine Flu in the US was in steep decline.
So, in effect, when the epidemic turned out not to be an epidemic, the CDC decided to fudge the numbers in order to make sure that they could still call it an epidemic based on a projection – or in other words, numbers that they would make up as they went. The truth is that no one really knows how many cases of swine flu there are currently, nor how many deaths are being caused from it.
So, the CDC lied. The FDA lied. The Health Department lied. Most of the TV media (especially CNN, who perpetually spread the misinformation about the vaccine and the need for it with little to no fact checking) lied. The President lied.
Not that the current administration or its appointees had any credibility with me to begin with, we now find ourselves in a very dangerous situation. First off, the government spent BILLIONS upon BILLIONS of our tax dollars on this mess (from purchasing the vaccines to making PSA’s and everything in between). They knowingly created a situation of panic among the citizenry, and created an atmosphere where members of the public who didn’t want to take an untested vaccine were ridiculed and decried as conspiracy nuts, or had to spend money (in the middle of a depression) to fund court cases in order to keep them from being forced to take a vaccine they didn’t want. The FDA changed its own rules to allow this untested vaccine to get to market. They created the potential for an epidemic, as those who receive the vaccination are contagious with the swine flu for up to a month. And those who were told that they have swine flu and thought themselves immune due to already having it are now being told they may not have had it unless there was a lab confirmation, and still need the vaccination. And, if there really WAS an epidemic in the future, the lack of creditability could cause people to hesitate in a real emergency, potentially causing a huge loss of life.
In my opinion, this should be a scandal on the level of the lies that brought us to war in Iraq or the cover up of war crimes ordered by our government.
Story from CBS:
Swine Flu Cases Overestimated? CBS News Exclusive: Study Of State Results Finds H1N1 Not As Prevalent As Feared
In late July, the CDC abruptly advised states to stop testing for H1N1 flu, and stopped counting individual cases. The rationale given for the CDC guidance to forego testing and tracking individual cases was: why waste resources testing for H1N1 flu when the government has already confirmed there’s an epidemic?
Some public health officials privately disagreed with the decision to stop testing and counting, telling CBS News that continued tracking of this new and possibly changing virus was important because H1N1 has a different epidemiology, affects younger people more than seasonal flu and has been shown to have a higher case fatality rate than other flu virus strains.
CBS News learned that the decision to stop counting H1N1 flu cases was made so hastily that states weren’t given the opportunity to provide input. Instead, on July 24, the Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists, CSTE, issued the following notice to state public health officials on behalf of the CDC: