HOW MANY PEOPLE REALLY WANT THE VACCINE?
OCTOBER 29, 2009. A word to the wise. Don’t believe the CDC when they issue reports on how many Americans are lining up for the Swine Flu vaccine.
The CDC is committed to a rip-roaring vaccine campaign. They’ve shoved in all their chips on this one. To admit failure, and then on top of that, to confess later that Swine Flu has been a very mild event, would crush CDC authority. It would be disaster for them.
Since the CDC is basically a PR agency, it needs no ethics. It can say whatever it needs to, in order to save face.
“Nearly two hundred million Americans were vaccinated for Swine Flu this year.” Sure.
People who take their news from TV are, of course, watching hundreds of reports all over America documenting “long lines” at clinics. Try to resist this picture. It imparts nothing about how many of the 300 million people in the US are actually taking the shot or sniffing the nasal spray.
To conclude that “everyone” is getting vaccinated is unwarranted. It’s merely a function of what news does best: paint pictures.
In any major city, if you could gather all the people who, for whatever reason, aren’t getting the vaccine—if you could assemble them in one spot—you might well see huge crowds…and if the media covered such an event with more than disdain, you’d really have something. But people who opt out of this vaccine system don’t generally do big parades or rallies. They just stay home. They go about their business. They’re invisible.
Some of them show up in polls. A recent poll (Baltimore Sun and other papers reported on it) suggests a third of the respondents won’t get the vaccine. That’s a very rough estimate. People who are polled on any subject tend to support the politically correct position, no matter what they really think or intend to do. So the 33% refuseniks could actually be quite higher.
And of course the publicized shortage of vaccine (real or fake) always increases the demand. Promote the extreme need for ANY product to the rubes, then temporarily delay the product, and they’ll drool and howl for what’s been taken away. But when the product becomes available, especially when it’s medical (and not some crazy doll for Xmas), the demand drops. So eager vaccine customers right now could become apathetic customers next week.
I’m always suspicious of official vaccination numbers. It takes tremendous effort and organization to put together, say, 80 million actual vaccinations. Try to imagine how many people that is and what kind of infrastructure is necessary to pull this off.
Meanwhile, here is an Oct.28 report from the NY Times:
City Parents Opting Out of Swine Flu Vaccine
As people across the country clamor for the swine flu vaccine, fewer than half of New York City parents with children in elementary school have given permission for their children to receive the vaccine at school, reflecting some ambivalence about the need for the vaccine or concern about its effects. Health officials said that while they did not have a citywide figure, 5 percent to 50 percent of parents had given consent for their children to receive the vaccine at schools that had it. At Public School 157 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, where health officials opened the school vaccination effort on Wednesday, only a third of students had permission to receive it. (end NY Times clip)