Friday, October 23, 2009

Unbiased research

... just to throw you off. These links actually are not endorsing either view.

This is really good information, I recommend reading ALL of it, it is a short read of FAQs.

The Vaccine Book by

Rather than referring to the CDC which I have found to be pretty one sided, AskDrSears takes you back to the FDA. Click HERE to read the inserts from all four manufactured versions of the H1N1 vaccine.

Now, PLEASE comment and give me your thoughts!

First thoughts

I have 2 inserts from Sanofi Pasteur for Influenza Virus Vaccine (FLUZONE) and Influenza A ( H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine.

Neither give me a list of ingredients. I guess I was expecting something like on the back of every food item in the pantry. I wonder if they assumed someone would try to whip up their own batch if the ingredients were listed.

In section 14 of the H1N1 pamphlet, "Sanofi Pasteur's [the manu] influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent vaccine and trivalent influenza virus vaccine (Fluzone vaccine) are manufactured by the same process. Data in this section were obtained in clinical studies with Fluzone vaccine."

Nice. They didn't even test the actual vaccine.

As for the "Immunogenicity in the adult and geriatric population," (remember this is for the FLUZONE, not H1N1) 121 people were tested: "2 asian, 11 black, 106 caucasian, and 2 other, no gender data were available." Seems like it would matter if it was a 120lb woman or a 180lb man.... and 121 people? really?

Dosage and Administration:
Children 6 - 35 months (0.25 mL dose through intramuscular injection) / Two 0.25 mL doses approx. one month apart (2.2)
36 months - 9 years (0.5 mL dose through intramuscular injection) / Two 0.5 mL doses approx. one month apart (2.2)
10 years - and older (a single 0.5 mL dose through intramuscular injection) (2.2)
Adults (a single 0.5 mL dose through intramuscular injection) (2.2)

Dosage Forms and Strengths: 
Influenza A ( H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine, a sterile suspension for intramuscular injection, is supplied in four presentations:
  1. Prefilled Syringe, 0.25 mL, no preservative, distinguished by a pink syringe plunger rod (3) 
  2. Prefilled Syringe, 0.5 mL, no preservative (3) 
  3. Single-dose vial, 0.5 mL, no preservative (3) 
  4. Multi-dose vial, 5mL, contains thimerosal, a mercury derivative, added as a preservative. Each 0.5 mL dose contains 25 mcg mercury. (3,11)
I am less concerned with the mercury than likely any other ingredient. After a lecture by Meg Ryan and Robert Kennedy Jr. 5 years ago at UCF, we are apparently doomed to consume mounds and mounds of mercury... and clearly already have and haven't died. But you can eat a whole tree of bananas and be fine, try injecting ANY potassium into your blood and see how fast your heart stops. There is a reason we don't like needles.

So Sanofi basically copied their Influenza insert and slapped on a "H1N1" label. Well, sign me up!

FOUND my inserts!

About dang time! Apparently unless the venue is actively GIVING OUT the shot, then they don't have the info/inserts.

Today, after 2 Walgreens and 2 CVSs, the third CVS was giving shots. I asked for an insert and they actually pulled them out of the shots. One for Flu and one for H1N1 (manu: Sanofi Pasteur Inc)

Then (being the couponer I take pride in,) I asked for the $100 coupon booklet you are supposed to get for inquiring about any flu shot. The nurse told me that she is only supposed to give them out to those who get the shot, I handed her the flier from the weekly ad that said "free $100 coupon book for inquiring about the Flu shot from the Take Care Clinic, No purchase necessary." She smiled and handed me the coupon book. Finally someone who is friendly!

I stopped by Target the other day and they refused to give me anything other than the flier they hand out to every passerby saying to get your shot or die. They actually gave me a dirty look and told me "you will have to go somewhere else for that, we are just registering people for the shot and sending them to the pharmacy."

Well now I have one of the four manufacturers inserts... what more research can I do but start at the top. I will go through each ingredient and post them as seperate posts ASAP. I will also keep asking different places for their inserts until I get all four manufacturers.

Thus starts my own journey, and my own research, in my own words.