Think the Flu Shot can give you the flu? Nope.

https://www.livescience.com/why-flu-shot-cant-give-you-flu.html

One of the common myths that leads people to avoid the flu shot is that they think the shot will give them the flu. But that is simply not true. The virus in the vaccine is not active, and an inactive virus cannot transmit disease. What is true is that you may feel the effects of your body mounting an immune response, but that does not mean you have the flu.

Why it Matters?

Facts matter and fear-mongering among anti-vax activists can have dangerous consequences as we have seen in the measles outbreaks over the last year. Some folks complain that they got the flu from the flu shot. They didn’t. The flu vaccine does not cause the flu. Full Stop.

Inactive virus

Influenza, or the flu, is a common but serious infectious respiratory disease that can result in hospitalization or even death. The CDC estimates that during a “good” flu season, approximately 8% of the U.S. population could get the flu. That is roughly 26 million people.

Each year the flu season is different, and the flu virus also affects people differently. One dangerous complication of the flu is pneumonia, which can result when your body is working hard to fight the flu. This is particularly dangerous in older adults, young children, and those whose immune systems aren’t working well, such as those receiving chemotherapy or transplant recipients.

Historically millions of Americans get the flu each year, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized and tens of thousands of people die from flu-related complications. During the 1918 flu pandemic, one-third of the world’s population, or about 500 million people, were infected with the flu. Since that time, vaccine science has dramatically changed the impact of infectious diseases.

The cornerstone of flu prevention is vaccination. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older who does not have contraindications to the vaccine, receive the flu shot.

And just as the polio vaccine won’t give a child polio, the flu vaccine will not cause the flu. That’s because the flu vaccine is made with inactive strains of the flu virus, which are not capable of causing the flu.

That said, some people may feel sick after they receive the flu shot which can lead to thinking they got sick from the shot.

However, feeling under the weather after a flu shot is actually a positive. It can be a sign that your body’s immune response is working. What happens is this: When you receive the flu shot, your body recognizes the inactive flu virus as a foreign invader. This is not dangerous; it causes your immune system to develop antibodies to attack the flu virus when exposed in the future. This natural immune response may cause some people to develop a low-grade fever, headache or overall muscle aches. These side effects can be mistaken for the flu but in reality are likely the body’s normal response to vaccination.

And the good news is these natural symptoms are short-term side effects compared to the flu, which can last much longer and is more severe. It is estimated that less than 2% of people who get a flu shot will develop a fever.

Also, people often confuse being sick with a bad cold or stomach flu with having influenza. Influenza symptoms can include a fever, chills, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, fatigue and headaches. Cold symptoms can be similar to the flu but are typically milder. The stomach flu, or gastroenteritis, can be caused by several different bacteria or viruses. Symptoms of gastroenteritis involve nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Pre-shot exposures and mismatches

Some people do get the flu after they have received a flu shot, but that is not from the shot. It can happen for a couple of reasons.

First, they could have been exposed to the flu before they had the shot. It can take up to two weeks after receiving the flu shot to develop full immunity. Therefore, if you do get the flu within this period, it is likely that you were exposed to the flu either prior to being vaccinated or before your full immunity developed.

Second, depending on the strain of the flu virus that you are exposed to, you could still get the flu even if you received the vaccine. Every year, the flu vaccine is created to best match the strain of the flu virus circulating. Therefore, the effectiveness of the flu vaccine depends on the similarity between the virus circulating in the community and the killed viruses used to make the vaccine.

If there is a close match between the two, then the effectiveness of the flu vaccine will be high. However, if there is not a close match, vaccine effectiveness could be reduced. Still, it is imperative to note that even when there is not a close match between the circulating virus and the virus used to make the vaccine, the vaccine will still lessen the severity of flu symptoms and also help prevent flu-related complications.

Bottom line: You cannot get influenza from getting the flu vaccine.

Gold Law Firm, LLC. is the National Vaccine Injury Law Firm. As vaccine injury attorneys we can say loudly and clearly…get vaccination. You owe to yourself, your family and your community.

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Facebook debuts new notifications to fight vaccine misinformation

Facebook is now rolling out a notification system aimed at combating anti-vaccine misinformation.

Whenever a user searches for vaccine-related information, Facebook will pop-up links to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), where accurate vaccination information can be found about the flu shot, MMR (Mumps, Measles, Rubella), Gardasil (HPV) and others.

Facebook debuts new notifications to fight vaccine misinformation
Facebook debuts new notifications to fight vaccine misinformation

It has been said that “Not all opinions are created equal.” Opinions based on facts, matter. Not fear, not innuendo, not manipulative mischaracterizations but facts.

Get the facts, talk to your doctor and get yourself and your children vaccinated.

Gold Law Firm, LLC. is a national vaccine injury law firm. Vaccine injury law is all we do.

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Flu Shots in Massachusetts’ Grocery Chain

Flu shots are now available in Stop and Shop, a Massachusetts supermarket chain.

Stop & Shop is encouraging customers to get their annual flu vaccination before flu activity traditionally picks up in the fall. The grocery chain’s 256 pharmacies have the vaccine in stock and pharmacists can vaccinate patients without an appointment. This season, Stop & Shop has a few types of flu vaccine available, including the quadrivalent vaccine and two flu vaccines specifically designed for people age 65 and older. 

“Stop & Shop is pleased to be able to offer flu vaccinations to our customers while they shop,” said Katie Thornell, Director, Pharmacy Operations, Stop & Shop. “We know that the flu vaccine is the most effective way to prevent the flu, so our pharmacy teams are poised and ready to provide vaccinations when it’s most convenient for our customers and their family members.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that everyone age six months and up receive the flu vaccination every flu season, ideally by the end of October. In particular, people who are at higher risk of developing complications from the flu, such as seniors, pregnant women, children, and people with compromised immune systems, should receive the vaccination.

It takes about two weeks for the antibodies that protect against the flu to develop, so customers are encouraged to get the flu vaccine sooner rather than later.

“Customers should get the flu vaccination before flu cases begin to appear and spread in their community,” added Thornell. “There’s no better time than now to get the flu shot.”

The flu vaccine is considered a preventative health service under most insurance plans and the cost is typically fully covered by insurance. For customers without insurance, the vaccine costs $42 for the quadrivalent and $80 for the senior versions. 

Stop & Shop pharmacies offer a wide array of immunizations, in addition to the flu vaccine. Pharmacists can provide immunizations against shingles, pneumonia, tetanus, hepatitis, meningitis, among others. Customers can speak with their local pharmacist to ensure they are up-to-date on all recommended immunizations. 

While Stop & Shop says that customers can speak to a pharmacist…they should speak to their physician first. Vaccines are safe and necessary but we should all be aware of what we need to be doing to be safe, not just for ourselves, but our families and communities.

Vaccine injuries are rare but real. Gold Law Firm LLC can help. Vaccine Injury Law is all we do.

HPV Vaccine…works to prevent cancer, not STD’s

https://www.expressnews.com/opinion/commentary/article/HPV-vaccine-is-to-prevent-cancer-not-STDs-14403103.php

A very important message about the need to take the HPV vaccine…it protects our kids in a very important way.

What if you could take a medicine that prevents cancer? Most of us already have. In 1982, the Federal Drug Administration approved the first medicine to prevent cancer, the hepatitis B vaccine.

Many people don’t realize that viruses can lead to cancer. Or that vaccines are a medicine that must be taken before being exposed to such a virus. Because children are vaccinated, rates of liver cancer have dropped fourfold in the United States.

In 2006, the FDA approved a second medicine to prevent cancer, the human papillomavirus vaccine. HPV infects almost 15 million Americans every year, many more than hepatitis B. Most of us will be infected with this virus at some point in our lives, and this year HPV will lead to cancer in more than 33,000 Americans. The best way to prevent this is to vaccinate our kids against HPV— so they don’t get cancer.

HPV is responsible for several cancers, most notably cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in most countries. But there is hope. Twelve years ago, Australia and Scotland implemented national programs to provide the HPV vaccine at school for free, and now 80 percent of teenagers in these countries are fully vaccinated against HPV. According to a study published last year in The Lancet Public Health, Australia may very well eliminate cervical cancer from their country within my lifetime.

This month, the Texas Tribune compared Australia’s achievement with that of another high-income country, the United States. Less than 50 percent of teenagers in the U.S. are fully vaccinated against HPV, and Texas ranks near the bottom at 40 percent. Our vaccination rates are half of Australia and Scotland. If it takes them 10 years to eliminate cancer, it will take us 20. There is no excuse for placing our children at risk for cancer, and we need to do something about it now.

So, what can we do? First, as health care providers, we need to take responsibility for how we present the HPV vaccine to our patients. We’ve become complacent and afraid of the conversation, making it out to be bigger than it is. We don’t do this with other vaccines. The information about HPV and its link to cancer is clear. The vaccine is safe and saves lives. If medical professionals aren’t confident about recommending it, our patients won’t be confident about taking it.

Second, our legislators need to take responsibility for being educated on this topic. There is a lot of confusion and misinformation about the HPV vaccine. The vaccine exists to prevent cancer, not STDs. It’s given during early adolescence because the immune system is ramping up, and that’s the best age to provide the most protection.

Lost in political limbo, the HPV vaccine continues to be a platform by which legislators create division. The reality is that more than 97 percent of people will be sexually active during their lifetime, so the risk of HPV is universal. Therefore, regardless of age, gender or political party, the risk of cancer is universal.

The vaccine is very safe. When politicians argue for more research into the safety of the HPV vaccine, they are behind the times. The research has been done and it continues to show this vaccine to be safe.

Lastly, Texas can do better. Our vaccination rates against HPV are among the worst in the country. To fix this, we must make the vaccine more accessible. At a minimum, this means mandating coverage by all insurance companies and providing programs for uninsured patients. Some states have launched campaigns to provide public funding for HPV vaccine education and administration. Others have adopted mandatory vaccination for school entry with specific “opt out” criteria. Perhaps we should take the lead from Australia and Scotland, and provide vaccines at school. We know that when vaccines are easily available, they are taken.

It’s been nearly 15 years since the HPV vaccine was approved. Other countries are eliminating cancer by vaccinating their kids. Why aren’t we?

Dr. Dina Tom is a pediatric hospitalist with University Health System and an assistant professor with UT Health San Antonio. Born and raised in Boerne, she and her husband have two fully vaccinated school-age children.

Vaccines matter at the border

There are reports that detained migrants at the U.S. Southern Border are not receiving flu vaccines.

In small-spaces and densely-populated areas, immunity matters and health matters. Everyone should be getting vaccines. Three migrants have died from flu-related illnesses.

Here is a reminder to 1. speak to your medical professionals, get the facts, get vaccinated.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-wont-give-flu-vaccines-to-migrants-in-border-detention-centers-near-mexico-border/

Vaccination Rates in Florida

As Florida Vaccine Injury Lawyers and attorneys, we take special notice of the vaccination rates in the state of Florida.

Learn more here. https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2019/08/10/how-did-your-school-do-breakdown-vaccination-rates-all-florida-schools-vaccine/1975184001/

Gold Law Firm, LLC. is a national vaccine injury law firm and we represent those injured by vaccines, in the rare event this happens.


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Back to School and Time for Shots.

Prepping for back-to-school means buying new supplies, clothes, and backpacks, but it’s also time to make sure your children are protected from cancer. This fall, the American Cancer Society (ACS) is reminding parents that making sure girls and boys ages 11-12 receive the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine should be part of the back-to-school routine.

Every year in the United States, more than 33,000 men and women are diagnosed with cancers caused by HPV. HPV has been linked to six types of cancer, including cervical cancer and throat cancer. The HPV vaccine can prevent most of these cancers. But vaccination rates remain low; in 2017, only about half (49 percent) of adolescents were up to date on the HPV vaccine.

The HPV vaccine is safe and effective. As with all vaccines, HPV vaccine safety is constantly monitored through surveillance and reporting systems, and these systems continue to show that HPV vaccination is safe. Studies continue to prove that HPV vaccination is effective, decreasing the number of infections and HPV pre-cancers in young people since it was introduced.

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program compensates those injured by vaccines. The Vaccine Injury table lists the Gardasil vaccine as a covered vaccine. Side effects are rare, but real.

Should you be injured, Gold Law Firm, LLC. can help. Vaccine Injury Law is all we do.

New Vaccines in the Pipeline 2019

New Delivery Systems
Combination vaccines are advantageous because they mitigate the burden of multiple injections, reduce the number of visits, and save on costs for storage and shipment In 2018, the FDA approved a new hexavalent vaccine, DTaP5-HB-IPV- Hib (Vaxelis, Merck) for primary and booster vaccination in infants and toddlers against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, and invasive disease caused by Haemophilus influenzae type b.

There is a trend in the industry, particularly in flu vaccines, to administer the vaccinations intradermal (into the skin), as opposed into the muscle. This lowers the chance of a shoulder injury due to vaccine administration (SIRVA).

Gold Law Firm, LLC. assists those injured from vaccines. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program compensates vaccine injuries. These cases are heard in the United States Court of Federal Claims, otherwise known as the vaccine court.

How the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program Works

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2019/05/vaccine-safety-program/589354/

Vaccines are safe,” says Narayan Nair. “That’s the message we need to get out there.”

Nair is a physician. He is also the head of the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program—the system through which the U.S. government has, over the past three decades, paid more than $4 billion to people who claim to have been harmed by vaccines.

According to its public record, from 2013 to 2017 alone, the program paid out an average of $229 million a year to patients and their families. The average payment was about $430,000.

As America enters the worst measles outbreaksince the disease was declared eradicated two decades ago, it is worth examining this rarely talked about element of vaccination requirements. The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has long percolated at the heart of misinformation and misunderstanding. It also raises questions about where large sums of tax money are flowing.

For most drugs—actually, every type of drug other than vaccines—the manufacturer can be legally liable for harm that results from a product it sells. Vaccines are produced by privately held pharmaceutical companies, but they have a unique arrangement with the U.S. government: When a person reports harm that could feasibly be related to a vaccine, a government program—not a pharmaceutical company—pays compensation.

 

The fact that the government pays hundreds of millions of dollars every year to people who claim they’ve been injured by vaccines could be an alarming thing to see in your Facebook News Feed, especially if you’re a parent whose pediatrician assured you that vaccination is nothing to worry about. In one case, a viral articlecalled “Flu Vaccine Is the Most Dangerous Vaccine in the U.S. Based on Settled Cases for Injuries” points to these payments as evidence of vaccines’ danger. The post was published on a site called Health Impact News: News That Impacts Your Health That Other Media Sources May Try to Censor! and appears to have 210,000 likes on Facebook.

Subsequent Googling may only make things worse. Search for Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, and one of the first results is a site that appears to be an impartial source of information: the National Vaccine Information Center. But it is a private organization unrelated to the program, and it is a favorite of the noted conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who described it as “the best-informed group trying to expose the dangers of vaccines.”

The head of the center, Barbara Loe Fisher, has appeared on Jones’s show several times. One time she made the casethat vaccination had become a political tool to gain access to Americans’ DNA for nefarious purposes. “So they’re using the vaccine-monitoring system as the skeletal system for a total takeover of health care,” Jones surmised, blaming Barack Obama. “Then they’re using bioethicists to bring back eugenics and take over health care.”

The road from a quick question about the flu vaccine to certainty about state-sponsored genocide has never been shorter.


The “vaccine-hesitant” community is a unique ideological mix of anti-corporate liberalism and anti-government individualism. Over the years, the VICP has been criticized for paying too much and for paying too little.

The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program’s first payment was made in 1988, but its current operations can only be understood through the lens of decades prior. In the spring of 1970, after she had received a dose of oral polio vaccine, eight-month-old Anita Reyes stopped moving her legs. Paralysis spread upward to her waist, resulting in permanent incontinence, in the classic pattern of polio.

Her father filed suitagainst the maker of the vaccine, Wyeth Laboratories. Its polio vaccine at the time involved a live virus that was capable, in extremely rare cases, of causing the disease itself. A jury awarded the Reyes family $200,000 on the grounds that even though the risk of developing polio from the vaccine was known, the family had not been properly warned. Because the disease had, until the previous decade, paralyzed thousands of American children every year—it peaked in the United States in 1952 with some 21,000 paralytic cases—the known risk of the vaccine was heavily outweighed by the risk of going unvaccinated.

But as diseases like polio began to fade from memory, the American public began to worry instead about the specter of vaccine-related illness. Other lawsuits against vaccine manufacturers began to make news in the 1970s and 1980s. Vaccines for the disease pertussis were particularly targeted, having been tied to cases of encephalopathy. One lawsuit in 1978 increased to 73by 1984. The average claim increased from $10 million to $47 million.

In several instances, damages were awarded “despite the absence of scientific evidence,” says Cody Meissner, the chair of pediatric infectious disease at Tufts University School of Medicine. As we spoke, his pager went off six times. “It’s impossible to prove a negative,” he emphasized to me, meaning that when an illness occurs shortly after a child receives a vaccine, it’s very easy to suggest a causal link, and not technically possible to prove that the vaccine was not the cause.

Because many cases against vaccines involve claims of permanent injury to children, they not only are difficult to argue, but can be expensive. With this in mind, the pharmaceutical companies that make vaccines began to shift their calculus. The drug-development process is costly and time-consuming, and not likely to be embarked upon without a high-likelihood payoff for a drug company’s shareholders. Developing a novel vaccine that could prevent hundreds of thousands of cases of a deadly disease—but cause a much smaller number of side effects that could lead to multimillion-dollar lawsuits—made a useful product an unappealing business proposition. During the 1970s and ’80s, some manufacturers began to withdraw from vaccine production.

In the midst of this, public-health officials grew concerned about the stability of the country’s continued supply of existing vaccines—and the dwindling business incentive for companies to invest in developing new ones. It was on these grounds that Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (also known as the Vaccine Act), indemnifying drug companies from further lawsuits.

From then on, instead of suing drug companies, people who alleged injury or illness related to a vaccine would file claims with a new entity known as the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. When a person brings a caseof reported harm, members of a team that currently includes Nair and 10 other doctors from the Department of Health and Human Services (all of whom have vaccinated their kids, Nair emphasized to me) review the person’s medical records. The team then recommends whether the case should be compensated or defended in “vaccine court,” the term for the federal claims court dedicated to hearing cases of vaccine injury.

Which brings us to the $4.1 billion.


“The creation of the VICP was a quid pro quo,” the Stanford Law School professor Nora Freeman Engstrom told me over email. People who may have been injured by vaccines would give up some ability to seek redress through the court system. In return, they would be assured swift and certain compensation. The program was chargedby Congress to address claims “quickly, easily, and with certainty and generosity.”