An investigation I conducted in 2009 revealed that the H1N1 swine flu epidemic was far less than the U.S. government had made it out to be. I exclusively obtained lab test results from 50 states when the Centers for Disease Control refused to produce them. The results showed that most of the supposed cases of swine flu were not swine flu at all. In fact, they weren't any type of flu.
That reality makes it all the more difficult for those who were brain damaged by the vaccine they took to try to prevent swine flu.
The British press reported in March of 2014 that UK patients who suffered brain damage after swine flu vaccination were to receive multi-million pound payouts from the government--which means taxpayers. Why are taxpayers footing the bill instead of the maker of the vaccine, GlaxoSmithKline? Under a similar arrangement that vaccine makers have in the U.S., GlaxoSmithKline would only agree to supply the vaccine if it was indemnified against any claim for any resulting injuries.
Each of 60 UK victims was expected to receive about one million pounds apiece.
"There has never been a case like this before. The victims of this vaccine have an incurable and lifelong condition and will require extensive medication," said Peter Todd, a lawyer who represented many of the claimants, in a Sunday Times article.
The number of brain-damaged victims who filed claims is a tiny fraction of the more than 30 million people in 50 countries who received the vaccine during the 2009 outbreak. However, experts say the risk to benefit ratio of the vaccine was vastly different if swine flu was not as prevalent as advertised.
In the U.S., at least 386 swine flu vaccine injury claims were filed in special vaccine court by March of 2011. But most of them were slated to be dismissed because they had not been filed in time to meet the court's restrictive deadline for filing a claim.
Among those in the UK who were to receive payouts for swine flu vaccine injury is a child named Josh Hadfield.
"If you make him laugh, he collapses. His memory is shot. There is no cure. He says he wishes he hadn't been born. I feel incredibly guilty about letting him have the vaccine," his mother Caroline Hadfield was quoted as saying in a news report.
As I reported in 2009, vastly more swine flu specimens turned out to be negative in the U.S. than were positive. For example, out of 13,704 patients believed to have swine flu in California who had specimens sent for state testing to confirm, only 2% turned out to be swine flu.
GlaxoSmithKline did not acknowledge a link between the injuries and its vaccine. However, research published in the British Medical Journal and a Finland study showed a link.
Read the 2009 article: Swine Flu Overestimated?