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Is the Flu Vaccine Actually Safe?
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Is the Flu Vaccine Actually Safe?
  • Lee Su Sie
  • 승인 2020.12.28 22:54
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There has been a series of deaths from flu vaccine deaths. However, the government is still making people get the vaccination. 

 Titles like this have been scaring many people. Many people are suspicious of why the government is recommending that citizens get this vaccine. The government has been arguing that vaccination has nothing to do with people’s death. Is the government telling the citizens the truth or not? Is it fine to get the flu vaccine? 

Citizens: Flu Vaccine is ‘Risky’
 A student aged 17 died on Oct. 16, which was two days after his vaccination. He was in third grade of high school, which is why many people got angry with the ‘risky’ vaccine. There was a national petition for actual investigation.

 

National petition arguing that why the boy died should be investigated (https://www1.president.go.kr/petitions/)
National petition arguing that why the boy died should be investigated (https://www1.president.go.kr/petitions/)

 His deaths lead to mistrust against flu vaccine. A mother of a high school student, Mrs. Kil, said, “Not only elderly people die due to the flu vaccine, but also young people can.” She added that she was worried if her daughter would died because of the vaccination, which made her worried. 

 The elderly people weren’t an exception. The elderly died a lot more than the young. More than 50 elderly people died after their vaccination. Mr. Lee, 88, hasn’t got the vaccination because he was worried if he might die due to the “side effect” of the flu vaccine.

 There is another reason why people don’t believe the flu vaccine is safe. It turned out that some of the flu vaccine, which should be refrigerated, was kept at room temperature during distribution and many people took the unrefrigerated vaccine.

 

Picture of the Shinseong Pharmaceutical Logistics Center in Gimpo, Gyeonggi Province on Oct. 22 (Chosun News)
Picture of the Shinseong Pharmaceutical Logistics Center in Gimpo, Gyeonggi Province on Oct. 22 (Chosun News)

 Many people strongly believe that the side effect of the flu vaccine has something to do with many people’s death, including the 17-year-old boy. Many people believe that the government is telling a lie to citizens, which is why they are very mistrustful.

Government: Flu Vaccine is not ‘Risky’
 Meanwhile, the government’s opinion is that there is nothing wrong with the vaccination. The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety confirmed that there was no abnormality of the quality of the flu vaccine exposed to room temperature during distribution. No one died because of this room-temperature-exposed vaccine. Also, the government concluded that most of the deaths after vaccination were largely affected by pre-existing chronic disease.

 The government brought to the conclusion that the death of a 17-year-old boy has no causal relationship with the flu shot. The National Forensic Service conducted an autopsy and found out a large amount of sodium nitrate in his stomach was lethal. Sodium nitrate is highly toxic and can die if taken in large doses. The police even confirmed that the deceased high school student had purchased sodium nitrite.

Sodium Nitrite (Wikipedia)
Sodium Nitrite (Wikipedia)

 Jeong Eun-Kyung, head of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, "Regardless of the causalities of vaccination, there are statistics that show that people died from vaccination," adding, “The numbers of deaths are not related to vaccination.” The number of elderly people who died within a week of being vaccinated against the flu last year is estimated to be about 1,500.

​Jeong Eun-Kyung, head of the KCDCP (Chosun News)​
​Jeong Eun-Kyung, head of the KCDCP (Chosun News)​

 The government also showed the importance of vaccination. The quarantine authorities asserted that more than 3,000 people die each year in Korea from the flu and complications resulting from it. Moreover, they said flu is just as serious as the new coronavirus infection. Park Neung-Hoo, Minister of Health and Welfare, repeatedly said, "The flu vaccine is a proven means by science and history that the benefits of saving countless lives are much greater than side effects.” He also added, "Please trust the quarantine authorities and experts to be vaccinated under safety rules."

Park Neung-Hoo, minister of health and welfare (Yonhap News)
Park Neung-Hoo, minister of health and welfare (Yonhap News)

 

"Who is Right?
 “Of course, the government is right.” Dr. Nam Jae-Hwan (Professor of Department of Medical Life Sciences at CUK), whose major is virology, answered with confidence. He said that there is a term called “association” and “causation” in biology. When studies find an association between two things, it doesn’t mean one thing caused the other to happen. In other words, it is hard to conclude that the cause of death is the vaccine just because people died after vaccination. There can be other fundamental causes.

 

​Dr. Nam Jae-Hwan (Catholic University of Korea Official Naver Blog)​
​Dr. Nam Jae-Hwan (Catholic University of Korea Official Naver Blog)​

 Dr. Chung Jae-Hoon (Professor of Preventive Medicine at Gachon University Medical School) also said the same t erm. It is only a relationship between "what happened ahead and what happened behind," not "causes and consequences." Otherwise, people could fall into statistical errors such as 'after-shower death' or 'after-walk death.' He also added that it's "recall biases" that grows this problem. As the standard of living went up and over time, more and more people began to remember only cost and inconvenience rather than the effect of vaccines.

 

Dr. Chung Jae-Hoon (Ohmynews)
Dr. Chung Jae-Hoon (Ohmynews)

Don’t Be Afraid of Vaccinations

 The Corona Pandemic is still on-going, so is the study for vaccines for Corona. If people are afraid of vaccines and don’t get them just as they treated flu vaccines, the pandemic won’t end. 

If the controversy about the vaccine is not solved, it's going to be very difficult to overcome COVID-19.

Dr. Chung Jae-Hoon

 Like Dr. Nam and Dr. Chung said, it is extremely improbable that the phenomenon is a problem caused by the aftereffects and complications of the vaccine. If unsubstantiated reports continue, and there is no scientific or rational understanding of the people's deaths after influenza vaccinations, more time and sacrifice should be given to return to a normal pre-Corona world.


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