Susan McFie’s article in the last issue of the Hastings Independent questioning the effectiveness of flu vaccines and criticising the way in which the NHS promotes them has struck a chord with our readers – the most vocal response we have ever received on any topic we have covered over our four and a half years of publication. Not one has countered with any positive endorsement of the official vaccination programme.

One correspondent, retired GP Dr Kathryn Vale, wrote: “The government’s own statistics show that they (flu vaccines) don’t work, yet we are all still exhorted to have them. Take-up was the highest ever in 2017-18, and there was more flu than ever.”

Another, Tatiana Russell, pointed to readily available scientific evidence to prove that aluminium contained in the flu vaccine has adverse effects on the brain. This “should be enough to place a nationwide halt on the administering of the vaccine, yet it continues”.

Tamsin Pankhurst comments on our website that more people need to be aware that receiving the Flumist vaccine makes their children carriers of flu. This is “highly dangerous” to anyone with family or friends who have an impaired immune system. She also notes widespread concerns about possible side effects from the vaccine. “Children have been left permanently disabled and died after this vaccine was administered.”

The article revealed that 45% of NHS staff in England, and 60% in Scotland, avoid the vaccine. An official at the Centre for Disease Control in the US has admitted that “there would never be a good flu vaccine because there are over 200 viruses … manufacturers have to guess a year ahead which ones might be circulating”. Many other doctors and scientists make such admissions behind closed doors. Yet HIP received another press release last week from the local Clinical Commissioning Group for Hastings and Rother that continues to urge people over 65 to have their “new and improved flu vaccine” this year, claiming it will help reduce the impact of the virus on the local health care system. Allison Cannon, Chief Nurse and Director of Quality for East Surrey and Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups, is quoted as saying: “The coming winter could be really tough for the NHS and local staff are doing everything they can to prepare for the extra pressures we expect, now we are calling on the public to play their part and get the free flu jab if they are eligible.”

Emma Barnes, one of our correspondents, is unimpressed: “The pressure upon parents and indeed elderly to vaccinate should not be there. It’s unethical,” she has posted.

Tatiana Russell is equally scathing.“We know that our government and health service are turning a blind eye to the adverse side effects and yet we helplessly shrug our shoulders and those responsible continue to get away with it. Your article needs to go viral for it to create a wave.”

 The original article and other responses are available on our website here

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