Navy Needs Anti-hoax Vaccine

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Reports of sailors dying from the H1N1 flu vaccine are a hoax, Navy says
LA Military Headlines Examiner
by Mark Nero
October 31, 2009

H1N1Vaccine-200A report popping up in emails and on blogs in recent weeks that sailors aboard a ship have died from the vaccine for the H1N1 virus is a complete hoax, according to the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.

The false report, which has circulating online for several weeks, claims that the vaccine is the cause of the swine flu and not the cure and that the crew of an unnamed naval vessel was sickened by the vaccine.

“Of the 347 man crew that were vaccinated, 333 contracted the H1N1 flu FROM THE VACCINE,” reads one false e-mail that has been circulated on several blogs. “Two died … and 331 survived. Only 14 of the 347 vaccinated sailors did not show any ill effects from the vaccine.”

“PLEASE pass this email along,” the message continues. “The truth is that the swine flu epidemic will be created BY THE VACCINE. If we don't take it, there will be no epidemic."

But Cmdr. Cappy Surette, a spokesman for the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, told the Navy Times that the report and its claims are “pure fantasy.” The Navy has reported no incidents of the H1N1 flu vaccine making anyone sick, Surette said.

The fake report's source is listed as Bob Foster, a supposed former U.S. Army counterintelligence officer and retired stockbroker who’s the founder and editor of a website called The International Forecaster.

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