During my recent study about the H1N1 virus and the recent problems with the vaccine in Canada recently,i realized that there are a lot of myths and rumors about the H1N1 vaccine that are spread around.It is important to separate facts from fiction about the Influenza A vaccine.
One of the strongest myths that has been heard is that the vaccine actually contains an immune adjuvant called squalene.Immune vaccines are substances when administered with the vaccine,actually stimulates the immune system and increases the response to the vaccine.Squalene is of those adjuvants that are present in vaccines including many pandemic and flu vaccines.GlaxoSmithKline used the squalene based AS03 adjuvant in both its swine flu vaccines,Arepanrix and Pandemrix.The vaccine Arepanrix was recently the centre of controversy when severe allergic reactions was recorded when the vaccine was administered in Canada.The adverse reactions had effected the lungs and heart.One of the myths that have been spreading around is that squalene is known to be able to cause disorders such as multiple sclerosis,rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.The claim about the disorders caused by squalene is supposedly made by US doctor Russell Blaylock.The claim is being spread around by email.
The claim by Dr Blaylock states that the vaccine is deadly and can cause the human body’s immune system to overreact which results in killing young people while the elderly weaken their immune system.The ridiculous claim by Dr Blaylock however is not based on real facts.The truth is that there is squalene present in Pandemrix and Arepanrix.AS03 has been used on 41 000 people all over the world and there have been no safety concerns yet.Several health authorities have stated that there is no conclusive evidence to show that adjuvant vaccines are harmful in the current H1N1 epidemic until the vaccines are used on a larger scale.
One of the most ridiculous myths heard is that the US aims to reduce global population by a third by injecting as many people possible with the toxic H1N1 virus.This outrageous claim was made by Dr Rauni Kilde who is supposedly the former Chief Medical Officer of Finland.The World Health Organization (WHO) have rubbished her claims.
The fact remains that there are 80 million doses of vaccines worldwide with an estimated 65 million people already vaccinated.There have been a minute number of people who have died from the vaccines.All deaths have been investigated by WHO.The investigations have ruled out any direct link with H1N1 vaccines.