Letter to School regarding Flu Vaccine

[Unknown original source; copied and pasted from a Facebook comment]

Hi all, I’m a private doctor in London and today compiled this letter to my kids’ headteacher full of official references. I’d like to optimise it and then it can be circulated amongst parents to send in. So please give me feedback. Also, I’m looking for the reference to the study which details exposure of only 2-3 kids for 12h a week to assess shedding impacts if anyone knows. If anyone would like a copy of the update version based on people’s feedback, please pm me. Thanks 🙏

“I understand that the Flumist is being administered on October 21st. I understand also that schools are asked to facilitate this vaccination programme in line with PHE guidelines. I have grievous concerns about this particular vaccine being offered within our education establishments. I have outlined the reasons for my concerns below. Please note, I am aware that as a headteacher you will unlikely have looked into this in the level of depth being presented here as you rely on the guidance from PHE and your immunisation team. Likewise, it is very possible that the immunisation team are unaware of many of these issues also as they too rely on their training and guidance. It is my greatest hope that you can receive this information in the manner that it is intended, which is to highlight the issues that are not being made publicly aware. If all schools were aware of these issues, it would be handled very differently I’m sure. In the very least, an informed consent process would be established with parents. It is considered good medical practice to provide informed consent, which means that the recipient or parent thereof is given all of the relevant information prior to consenting to treatment. This means the pros and cons- the potential benefit it could afford them as well as the side effect profile and risks of the intervention. Otherwise they tick consent on the form but they remain in the dark as to what they are consenting to. For example, in the USA, it is stated by the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 that Vaccine Information Statements (VSI) be provided with each immunisation, see point 17: https://www.fda.gov/media/83072/download?fbclid=IwAR3DwRa9oHygNNvfzFxj8E-GCkjo8DZVjyYH7_DsE3kNgZKpNkvd4P_JL0A

As a live attenuated vaccine, the virus has been shown to be transmissible to those within close proximity. It is a product manufactured by AstraZeneca and in their manufacturer’s product insert you will see they state a 2.4% rate of viral transmission (also referred to as ‘shedding’), but this was based on spending 12 hours in one week with one child who had been given this vaccine. Transmission rates have not been tested in the real life setting of 30 children in the same room having had it administered and spending 30+ hours a week with them. Please see here: https://www.azpicentral.com/flumistquadrivalent/flumistquadrivalent.pdf

Please see here also evidence of the peak shedding of vaccine strains on days 2-3 post-vaccination, see point 12.2 : https://www.fda.gov/media/83072/download?fbclid=IwAR3DwRa9oHygNNvfzFxj8E-GCkjo8DZVjyYH7_DsE3kNgZKpNkvd4P_JL0A

Recipients of the vaccine are advised to avoid contact with the vulnerable (immunocompromised) for 1-2 weeks following administration due to the aforementioned risk of viral shedding. Please see here under point 4.4 (Traceability): https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/3296

Please also see above link point 4.8 ‘Undesirable effects’ of the vaccine. The majority of vaccine side effects are under-reported and rely on individuals or their doctors reporting the adverse events (tricky when doctors are so time-poor and patients aren’t given information about how to report side effects. You will also note in this section that this drug is listed as being on the Yellow Card Scheme: https://yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk/the-yellow-card-scheme/ which as you can see states “The Yellow Card Scheme is the UK system for collecting and monitoring information on suspected safety concerns or incidents involving medicines and medical devices.” Although serious side effects are rare, they do happen, such as reported here by this law firm: https://www.hja.net/tribunal-awards-vaccine-injury-compensation-for-a-child-with-narcolepsy-caused-by-seasonal-flu-vaccine/ And you’ll note that these repercussions have not yet reached the listed side effect profile of the drug.

Some of the ingredients in the Fluenz Tetra LAIV, as listed again here https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/3296 under point 6.1, are of known toxicity, namely:

Dibasic Potassium Phosphate: http://www.labchem.com/tools/msds/msds/75585.pdf

Monobasic Potassium Phosphate: http://www.inchem.org/documents/icsc/icsc/eics1608.htm

Gentamicin- a powerful antibiotic with known kidney toxicity

The side effects of the flu vaccine are very similar to COVID-19 symptoms, and the testing carries inaccuracies. This can give rise to unnecessary fear and confusion.

As such I do not consent for my children to receive it (as stated on the school form). I will also need to keep them off school during its administration and at least 3 days post-administration given the shedding risks as above, not only for the health of my children but also as we live with my grandad who is 93 and immunocompromised. I would really rather not have to do this as it interferes with my work schedule and clearly the children’s too. If you can 100% guarantee the safety of my children and my grandad in relation to being around 30 other children in an enclosed space after Flumist administration then I will happily bring them to school. Many headteachers, in response to such concerns have agreed to move the administration date to the last day of half term to ensure minimal school time is missed. If you would be willing to do this, even from next year I would be most grateful.

Many thanks for your time and consideration.

Yours Sincerely”