Looking back at the data analyzes at the start of the swine flu vaccination in 2009, we can learn a lot. So that a more targeted policy can be pursued with regard to the supporting third round. However, this does not happen. A growing proportion of the population is now voting with their arm not to show up.
Read the full article: “Vote with Your Arm”reading time: 4 MinutesWhile writing my autobiography, I read some of the old articles I published during the 2009 swine flu and beyond. I came across a great article, especially with current knowledge about Covid-19.
Back to 2009At the end of March 2009, a new type of influenza appeared in Mexico. Fear of “swine flu” has swept the earth. The call sign for this type of influenza has become “swine flu”. Dutch Minister Klink bought 34 million vaccines against this new type of influenza, which were delivered after the summer of 2009. Via Peil.nl I asked weekly questions about the development of influenza in the Netherlands. These numbers were in the fall of 2009. At the end of November 2009, the first round of vaccinations against swine flu began. Children over 60 years of age and the group of children aged 6 months to 4 years were identified. 75% of those groups appeared. The second round of vaccination was supposed to be at the end of December 2009, but by that time the Mexican flu was already gone and fewer people came to get vaccinated. (Even in countries without vaccination, the evolution of influenza numbers was similar, so the pattern in the Netherlands was not due to vaccinations in the first place.) By the end of 2009, an outbreak of swine flu was ubiquitous and a large portion of the vaccines purchased were eventually destroyed. I reported the relationship between vaccination and infection based on research I did in the following months via Peil.nl among 15,000 people. Below I repeat parts of that article from 2010. It is interesting to read in light of the position we now stand with regard to vaccination against Covid-19. Find out how poorly people know about their true risk of developing serious illness in relation to the potential harms of vaccination. Now a fragment follows From a 2010 article.
Excerpt from 2010I have previously written about the debate over whether or not to vaccinate against swine flu. My biggest problem was that there were so few numbers available that it had more to do with faith. In the November 2009 discussion of whether or not children aged 6 months to 4 years should be vaccinated, she noted the lack of numerical evidence. It was pretended that the risk of swine flu was (very) great and that the risks were much greater than the risks associated with the vaccination itself. People who had doubts about it were either dismissed as conspiracy theorists or equated with the paranoid category who said there was a chip or something in the vaccine. For a layman like me, who was well acquainted online at the beginning of November 2009, there were a number of things that were already clear:
- The level of swine flu turned out to be not so bad, as was the case in countries such as Australia and New Zealand (where it was winter, a circumstance that leads to infection with the influenza virus).
- The scale of deaths (fortunately) wasn’t too bad.
- Nowhere in the world, with the exception of the Netherlands, has been vaccinated twice.
- There were only a few countries where the 6-month to 4-year-old group was widely vaccinated as an at-risk group.