Let’s Learn From South Korea’s Aggressive Rollout of Its Flu Vaccine Campaign

Every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) attempts to foist dangerous and ineffective flu shots on every American who is six months of age or older. Last flu season, though influenza vaccines reached nearly two-thirds (63.8%) of children (through age 17), more than half of adults (51.6%) declined the jab. The CDC’s goal is 70% coverage for both children and adults.

This year, officials have been only too willing to use COVID-19 as an excuse not just for more aggressive promotion of flu vaccines but for out-and-out mandates, citing the “looming threat” of concurrent influenza and SARS-CoV-2 epidemics. In late July, the University of California (UC) was the first out of the gate; though a Children’s Health Defense lawsuit soon forced some revisions to the executive order, all students, faculty and staff who are “living, learning, or working on premises” are required to get a flu vaccine unless they can persuade UC’s de facto “religious inquisition courts” that they are entitled to religious accommodation.

In August, Massachusetts pointed to the similarity of flu and COVID-19 symptoms as its rationale for requiring all children six months of age and up to get an influenza vaccine if attending child care, preschool or K-12, becoming the first state to mandate flu shots for school attendance; the state’s new order also mandates the vaccines for anyone under age 30 attending college or university. Other public universities have followed suit, including the University of KentuckyIndiana University and the University of Tennessee, as well as some private universities.

Before any more U.S. officials or institutions blithely impose mandates, they might want to consider the current headlines coming out of South Korea. As of Oct. 26, at least 59 people had died (with the death count increasing by 13 over a two-day period) following the Asian nation’s rollout of an assertive influenza vaccination campaign, and the country had received more than 1,200 reports of adverse reactions. Although most of the fatalities appear to have been in older adults, the ranks of the deceased also include a 17-year-old boy.

Children’s Health Defense (CHD) has previously described post-flu-vaccine deaths in children ranging in age from 3 to 14 and in young adults in their twenties and thirties. CHD has also noted the relationship between thimerosal (still present in many influenza vaccines) and cardiovascular damage — a concerning association given that sudden cardiac death is on the rise in adolescents and young adults. …


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