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Calibrated response to emerging infections

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 03 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3471

Flu stats vs PR

Dear Mr. Doshi,

This is the second of your articles that I have had the happy
opportunity to read, the first being - ‘Are Flu Death Figuress More PR
than Science?”.

For 10 years now I have read (and practiced what I've learned, i.e.
eschewing vaccinations altogether) - voraciously on the subject of
vaccines. I found yours - in the above referenced article - to be a long
overdue common sense voice, in contrast to the CDC’s unfathomable style of
reporting flu deaths, and the hysteria that is clearly (to some of us)
tacked on to the subject and racheted up systematically every few years or

Lately I have been searching the CDC web site to get their figures on
just how many people they are alleging to have died this year from H1N1 in
the US (I say 'alleging' since actual testing for this specific ailment
stopped late summer) and how it compares to their mantra of ’36.000 flu
deaths annually' for ‘seasonal flu’. It would appear to me that if you
'do the math', that providing the reported figures for H1N1 deaths is
accurate, that no one has had the regular flu at all. Getting an actual
tally from the CDC web site though I discovered, is as easy as finding
Osama Bin Laden since 1997.

I do have a question that I would like to ask you. Are there any
reliable statistics for the number of flu deaths (in any age group or any
nation) relative to the percentage of these victims having been
innoculated, or not?

Any feedback is welcome. I’m obliged in advance.

Victoria Christine Bingham

Alexandria VA


Competing interests:
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11 December 2009
Victoria C Bingham
Writer Researcher
Alexandria VA 22312