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22.06.2020 - 16:01 [ Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu - rivm.nl ]

Facts and figures flu in the Netherlands Winter 2018/2019

±400,000 patients had symptomatic influenza in the period between the beginning of October until the end of May.

±11,000 hospitalisations Many people were admitted to hospital with flu complications, such as pneumonia.

FLU VACCINE About half of the people who were eligible to receive a flu vaccination were vaccinated against flu.

2,900 more people than expected died during the epidemic period. These extra deaths were associated with the flu epidemic.

12.05.2020 - 20:34 [ Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. / Children’s Health Defense ]

Flu Misinformation and Coronavirus Fears: My Letter to Dr. Sanjay Gupta

9. CNN assertion: Sanjay, I’ve watched your video assuring the public that getting the flu shot cannot increase one’s chances of getting the flu.

Fact: While that assertion has some meager support from a very small number of studies, the overwhelming weight of published science suggests that getting an annual flu shot can actually increase your risk of both flu and flu-like illnesses.

Only about 7 percent to 15 percent of what are called “influenza-like illnesses” are actually caused by influenza viruses. Many studies suggest the flu vaccine increases vulnerability to both flu infections and the remaining 85% -93% of non-flu respiratory infections.

A 2011 study of healthy Australian children published in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal found that seasonal flu shots increase the risk of flu by 73% and doubled the risk of non-flu respiratory infections.

Similarly, another 2012 randomized controlled trial published in Clinical Infectious Diseases found that influenza-vaccinated children had no significantly lessened risk from influenza and also a higher risk of infection from non-influenza viruses.

Furthermore, the flu vaccine depletes capacity to fight off future flu infections. In April 2010, a study (by Skowronek, et al) published in the journal PLoS Medicine reported the “unexpected” finding from four epidemiologic studies in Canada that receipt of the influenza vaccine for the 2008 – 2009 season, while apparently effective in reducing the risk of illness due to the seasonal flu, was associated with an increased risk of illness due to the pandemic influenza A (H1N1) “swine flu” virus during the spring and summer of 2009. The scientists suggested that this finding could be due to the difference in the way the vaccine affects the immune system compared with natural infection.

02.05.2020 - 02:21 [ Ana Laura Palomino García and Prof Michel Chossudovsky / Global Research ]

Dr. Anthony Fauci: COVID-19 “May Turn Out to be Like a Bad Flu Season”. His Peer Reviewed Article Versus His Public Statements

It is not over yet, but this is much less than what our hysterical media and politicians have led us to believe. In the beginning of this historic, media-fueled panic, it sounded like millions would die in the US alone and tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, globally.

22.04.2020 - 14:40 [ Washington Post ]

CDC director warns second wave of coronavirus is likely to be even more devastating

(21.04.2020)

“There’s a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through,” CDC Director Robert Redfield said in an interview with The Washington Post. “And when I’ve said this to others, they kind of put their head back, they don’t understand what I mean.”

“We’re going to have the flu epidemic and the coronavirus epidemic at the same time,” he said.

07.04.2020 - 19:18 [ Bloomberg ]

Ebola Drug From Japan May Emerge Among Key Candidates

(August 7, 2014)

Favipiravir is in the final stages of human studies in the U.S. as a treatment for flu. A Phase II study in the U.S. using 10 grams of the drug showed the medicine reduced flu symptoms against a placebo. The U.S. phase III study of the treatment for flu is scheduled to be completed around March 2015, the company said last month.

The U.S. Department of Defense funded the trials to improve the country’s response capability and protect the military from flu pandemics, its BioDefense Therapeutics unit said in an October statement.

31.03.2020 - 10:07 [ WHO.int ]

Up to 650 000 people die of respiratory diseases linked to seasonal flu each year

(14.12.2017)

Up to 650 000 deaths annually are associated with respiratory diseases from seasonal influenza, according to new estimates by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC), the World Health Organization and global health partners.

This marks an increase on the previous global estimate of 250 000 – 500 000, which dates from over ten years ago and covered all influenza-related deaths, including cardiovascular disease or diabetes. The new figures of 290 000 – 650 000 deaths are based on more recent data from a larger, more diverse group of countries, including lower middle income countries, and exclude deaths from non-respiratory diseases.

24.03.2020 - 07:24 [ Regierung des Vereinigten Königreichs - Gov.uk ]

Surveillance of influenza and other respiratory viruses in the UK

Table 7. Number of deaths associated with influenza observed through the FluMOMO algorithm with confidence intervals, England, 2014 to 2015 season to 2018 to 2019 (up to week 15):

All ages:

2014/15: 28,330 (27,462 to 29,208)
2015/16: 11,875 (11,237 to 12,524)
2016/17: 18,009 (17,260 to 18,768)
2017/18: 26,408 (17,260 to 18,768)

24.03.2020 - 00:26 [ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC.gov ]

CDC estimates* that, from October 1, 2019, through March 14, 2020, there have been:

flu hospitalizations: 390,000 – 710,000
flu deaths: 23,000 – 59,000

24.03.2020 - 00:22 [ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC.gov ]

Estimated Influenza Illnesses, Medical visits, Hospitalizations, and Deaths in the United States — 2018–2019 influenza season

CDC estimates that the burden of illness during the 2018–2019 season included an estimated 35.5 million people getting sick with influenza, 16.5 million people going to a health care provider for their illness, 490,600 hospitalizations, and 34,200 deaths from influenza (Table 1).

23.03.2020 - 23:56 [ David Nakamura, Washington Post reporter / Twitter ]

Asked if he shares concerns that the number of coronavirus deaths will get „really bad“ given all available data, Trump says yes but quickly adds: „We have a lot of people dying of the flu… over 50,000.“

20.03.2020 - 10:57 [ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC.gov ]

Estimated Influenza Illnesses, Medical visits, Hospitalizations, and Deaths in the United States — 2018–2019 influenza season

CDC estimates that the burden of illness during the 2018–2019 season included an estimated 35.5 million people getting sick with influenza, 16.5 million people going to a health care provider for their illness, 490,600 hospitalizations, and 34,200 deaths from influenza (Table 1).

20.03.2020 - 10:55 [ New York Times ]

Before Virus Outbreak, a Cascade of Warnings Went Unheeded

That scenario, code-named “Crimson Contagion” and imagining an influenza pandemic, was simulated by the Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services in a series of exercises that ran from last January to August.

The simulation’s sobering results — contained in a draft report dated October 2019 that has not previously been reported — drove home just how underfunded, underprepared and uncoordinated the federal government would be for a life-or-death battle with a virus for which no treatment existed.

20.03.2020 - 09:24 [ ScienceDirect.com ]

Investigating the impact of influenza on excess mortality in all ages in Italy during recent seasons (2013/14–2016/17 seasons)

(November 2019)

In the winter seasons from 2013/14 to 2016/17, an estimated average of 5,290,000 ILI cases occurred in Italy, corresponding to an incidence of 9%.

More than 68,000 deaths attributable to flu epidemics were estimated in the study period.

Italy showed a higher influenza attributable excess mortality compared to other European countries. especially in the elderly.