Swine Flu Vaccine Propaganda In NY Times' Lessons For
Nine "myths" about H1N1 vaccine are
not myths at all
New York Times has produced a detailed lesson plan for students
in grades 6-12 that pushes the H1N1 flu vaccine and sets about
debunking what the editors describe as "myths" surrounding
the swine flu shot.
The material originates from the Times'
Learning Network feature, an educational resource
for teachers and parents that works the Times' coverage of current
events into daily lesson plans for young students.
of the material are New York Times employees that
have backgrounds in education. The material itself is recommended
for use in schools and is required to meet with McREL
As an introduction to the piece, a video presents
a Times reporter walking the streets of new york in a full bio
suit, gloves, goggles and mask asking people their opinions
on swine flu. The video seems mostly pointless other than to
make the reporter's activity seem like a complete overreaction.
It briefly introduces the vaccine in a positive light, and later
on in the lesson plan, teachers are asked to remind students
The lesson plan then states:
Have students return to their journals to add
their thoughts on her final words. Invite students to share
their journal writings, and then move the discussion to the
vaccine. Ask: Do you plan to get the newly released H1N1 vaccine?
Why or why not? What have you heard about it? Are you confused
about it at all? What fears and questions, if any, do you
have about the vaccine?
The plan then introduces a handout entitled H1N1
Vaccine: Facts or Myths? (PDF
Link) and instructs the teacher or parent to conceal
from the students the fact that all nine points on the list
As we will discover, none of the points are "myths"
at all, and the New York Times is engaging in debunking entirely
The students are then asked to label which points
they think are true and which are false statements.
This method of initially tricking the students
into thinking that some of the statements are true is an insidious
one, not only because they are actually true(!), but it also
amplifies the proposed notion that all of the statements are
false. It is a common method used by psychoanalysts to assess
the mindset of patients.
The students are then instructed to read a New
York Times op ed piece written by Paul A. Offit entitled “Nothing
to Fear but the Flu Itself”. With no supporting
evidence, the piece suggests that fears over the H1N1 vaccine
are unfounded and suggests that the vaccines are entirely safe.
Students are then asked the following questions:
- Have you seen or read any of these myths on TV talk shows
or Web sites? What, if any, were your previous concerns about
- Has the article assuaged your fears?
- In your opinion, which myth will cause the most people to
avoid being vaccinated and why?
- What could be done to encourage participation in the vaccination
The students are then told that all the points
on the handout are "myths" and are split into groups
to further debunk each statement with the help of a resource
Link) containing links to more Times articles,
as well as material from the CDC and the WHO.
The final activity on the lesson plan involves
asking students to conduct role plays in which one of them will
play a "skeptic" of the vaccine and one will play
When students are ready, each pair “gets
into character” and moves to the front or middle of
the room to do their role-play for the whole class, with the
“skeptic” explaining his/her worries and concerns,
and the “expert” addressing them.
The skeptic pretends to be a mother concerned
about mercury in the vaccines, for example, and the expert allays
her fears with what they have read in the supporting NY Times
Essentially, the children are being taught to
reject and then debunk valid concerns over the H1N1 vaccine.
The final part of the lesson plan states:
Finally, invite students to share any of their
own lingering doubts about the data – does anyone in
the room still subscribe to any of the erroneous statements
on the original handout?
It then suggests that outside of the classroom
the students should educate others in their school or in their
community by creating posters or short videos "based on
the myths they researched".
The whole piece reads like a instruction manual
in how to brainwash children to love the flu vaccine and to
get others to love it.
If this Times material is not a part of the $16
million federal programme to quell dissent over
the vaccine, then the Feds might want to take a leaf out of
the Times' book here.
Debunking The New York
Lets take a look at the nine "myths" about the H1N1
vaccine that children are being encouraged to examine, debunk,
and actively encourage others to reject.
Here they are in sequence with our responses below,
clearly showing that they are not myths at all, but are all
based on legitimate information:
1. The flu is mild, so I don't need to
worry about getting a vaccine.
This is not a myth. The H1N1 flu is mild
compared to the seasonal flu which kills some 30,000
people per year in the US alone. There has been no indication
that more people than usual are getting the flu or dying from
"It's mildest in kids. That's one of the
really good pieces of news in this pandemic," Dr
Marc Lipsitch of Harvard University told a meeting
of flu experts being held by the U.S. Institute of Medicine
Canada too, the virus does not seem to be spreading
quickly, a fact that has prompted the country's top public health
official to put the brakes on an early rollout of the H1N1 vaccine.
The virus could still mutate into something worse,
but if it does that, the current vaccine will most likely be
rendered obsolete anyway.
2. Since my region was hit hard in the
spring, there won't be a big reemergence this flu season.
Again, this is not a myth. The
New York Times itself reported on the fact that
doctors and health officials in areas that were subjected to
H1N1 flu last spring are seeing very little evidence to suggest
that the virus is returning in a much predicted "second
It is the theory of Dr. Thomas A. Farley, New
York City’s health commissioner, and the doctor cited
in the Times' debunking piece, that up to 40% of the city's
population may have developed immunity to the virus.
3. The vaccine will be available too
late to do any good
Not exactly a myth either. In Canada there are
legitimate concerns that the vaccines are simply going to be
too late to stop any spread of the virus. These concerns were
in the peer reviewed journal Science.
The vaccine may not do any good anyway because
it is based
on "mock up" vaccines that were produced
in 2007 and 2008 for the H5N1 strain of influenza, not H1N1.
Even if the vaccine produces antibodies, that’s
not the same thing as real-world immunity from a live virus,
especially if the virus mutates.
As Mike Adams has pointed out in a recent
article, statistically speaking the average American
is 40 times more likely to be struck by lightning than to have
their life saved by a swine flu vaccine.
4. The vaccine is unsafe, it could have
dangerous side effects
to the H1N1 vaccines all state that it could cause
all manner of adverse effects, including guillain-barre syndrome,
vasculitis, anaphylactic shock and even death.
Why would the drug companies put that in the insert
to the vaccine itself if it was a "myth"?
If it was a myth that the vaccines could cause
side effects then why would the government waste time establishing
an extensive tracking system to
watch for side effects?
5. I can catch flu from the vaccine
The first available vaccines, in the form of nasal
live H1N1 virus. Their use could actually spur
the spread of the virus where there is otherwise little activity,
according to some medical experts.
A Canadian study led by Dr Danuta Skowronski of
the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and Dr Gaston
De Serres of Laval University, Quebec has also found that seasonal
flu jabs could double the risk of developing swine flu.
The World Health Organisation has dismissed the research as
inconclusive, however some provincial and territorial public
health authorities in Canada, including those in Ontario, have
great concern, leading to threats to delay or cancel
mass vaccination programs.
6. The vaccine is untested. Manufacturers
rushed the production of the vaccine to get it to the market
has been fast tracked.
companies themselves admit that there is “no
clinical experience in the elderly, in children or in adolescents"
with their new vaccines.
7. The vaccine contains a dangerous adjuvant,
a chemical added to enhance the immune response.
Both the Novartis and Glaxo-Smith Kline injectible
vaccines will contain squalene adjuvants to boost immunogenicity
and dramatically reduce the amount of viral antigen needed,
meaning more vaccines can be produced.
Again, the New
York Times itself reported on this last month.
There will be non adjuvanted H1N1 vaccines available,
but there will not be enough for the projected number of people
who have said they will get the vaccine.
Experts on Gulf War Syndrome have pointed out
that the official, Congressionally-chartered Research Advisory
Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses found
evidence of a link between squalene and Gulf War
Syndrome which warranted further study.
Micropaleontologist Dr. Viera Scheibner, who conducted research
into the adverse effects of adjuvants in vaccines, wrote the
following about squalene, as highlighted in researcher
Stephen Lendman's article on the adjuvant:
Squalene “contributed to the cascade of reactions called
“Gulf War syndrome. (GIs developed) arthritis, fibromyalgia,
lymphadenopathy, rashes, photosensitive rashes, malar rashes,
chronic fatigue, chronic headaches, abnormal body hair loss,
non-healing skin lesions, aphthous ulcers, dizziness, weakness,
memory loss, seizures, mood changes, neuropsychiatric problems,
anti-thyroid effects, anaemia, elevated ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation
rate), systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, ALS,
Raynaud’s phenomenon, Sjorgren’s syndrome, chronic
diarrhea, night sweats and low-grade fever.”
expert Dr. Meryl Nass has pointed out, since none
of the US trials have so far used novel adjuvants, they fail
to provide any information about the safety of adjuvanted vaccines.
Senior neurologists have also voiced
concerns over the adjuvants in the vaccines.
8. The vaccine contains a dangerous preservative
containing ethyl mercury
Again this is not a myth. As the Washington
Post reported in the Summer, “Some of the
vaccine will be stored in multi-dose vials containing thimerosal,
an antibacterial additive that contains mercury”.
inserts also list
thimerosal in the vaccine's ingredients.
studies have shown a direct relationship between
thimerosal in flu shots and neurological disorders.
Cases of the neural development disorder autism amongst children
since 2003, in line with an increase in the amount
of thimerosal-containing childhood vaccines.
Epidemiologist Tom Verstraeten and Dr. Richard Johnston, an
immunologist and pediatrician from the University of Colorado,
both concluded that thimerosal was responsible for the dramatic
rise in cases of autism, however, their findings were dismissed
by the CDC.
Further studies have shown
a decline in neurodevelopmental disorders after
the removal of thimerosal-containing vaccines.
The science needs further study, that is clear,
but to outright reject that the vaccines even contain the questionable
substance is the stuff of farce. Why are we even having the
debate if this is a "myth"?
9. I can get medicine if I do get sick,
so the vaccine is not necessary
It is up to the individual or parent to choose
whether to get the vaccine for themselves or their child. Saying
that people who feel it is not necessary for them and their
kids are wrong doesn't make it so.
It is beyond the authority of a school or the
government to surreptitiously teach a child that vaccines are
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