JUDGE LOOKS AT EVIDENCE
RULES AGAINST FORCING HOSPITAL EMPLOYEES TO WEAR MASKS
“At the end of the day, the evidence does not support the proposition that nosocomial influenza [flu that’s transmitted in a facility setting] is associated with unvaccinated healthcare workers. After the most thorough review of all of the testimony, studies and reports tendered in this proceeding, and with the greatest of respect to an accomplished and respected researcher and physician, I cannot conclude that the evidence comes even close to establishing that masking may be as ‘effective as vaccine in protecting patients from influenza.'” -Judge William Kaplan, Sole Arbitrator of the legal case being discussed today
EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE is a funny thing. It seems suspiciously like the medical profession gets to “PICK AND CHOOSE” the evidence they follow, while discarding what they don’t like as so much garbage. Case in point is FLU SHOTS. Even though just last year, 200 vaccinated individuals were needed to prevent a single case of the flu (HERE — this is known as the “Number Needed to Vaccinate” or NNV), this year’s vaccination campaign is underway with a fervor that could only be described as ‘religious’.
Not surprisingly there are rules in most hospitals mandating workers to be vaccinated against the flu, or if they refuse, force them to wear a surgical mask to ‘protect’ patients. Funny considering recent research revealed the enormous percentage of healthcare workers that intentionally come to work with the flu, with physicians fingered as the worst offenders — HERE. Where did this mandate start?
Healthcare employees (LIKE THIS ONE) have been increasingly browbeat into getting their annual flu shot, even though THE LATEST COCHRANE REVIEWS ON FLU VACCINES showed yet again that for virtually every population group studied, they are all but totally worthless at doing what they were created and widely believed by the public to do; prevent the flu (HERE). And yes, this is
even true particularly true for healthcare workers (HERE).
Various governmental organizations (part of our burgeoning bureaucracy) believed they could both protect the public and lower costs by enforcing a variety of rules designed for “Quality Improvement”. Sounds all warm and fuzzy, sort of like the wishful thinking meant to convince gullible people that flu shots actually work. Thus, if employees are not vaccinated against flu, insurance reimbursements diminish.
And while the CDC’s website states that they “do not issue any requirements or mandates for state agencies, health systems, or health care workers regarding infection control practices, including influenza vaccination,” this claim is bogus because the National Health Care Safety Network (“the CDC’s…. nation’s most widely used healthcare-associated infection tracking system“) counts high rates of flu shots for employees of healthcare systems as a ‘quality measure’ for infection control.
In other words, flu shots are another of the worthless “SURROGATE ENDPOINTS / MARKERS” we’ve discussed previously. The reality is that despite anything you believe or have been told, flu vaccines are about as beneficial as other forms of “PREVENTATIVE” or “WELLNESS” care have been proven to be.
All this came to a head last week in Toronto when the honorable Judge, William Kaplan, sided with the
The Ontario Nurses Association (the union for over 65,000 nurses, and more than 18,000 nursing students), ruling that the city’s hospital’s policy of VOM (Vaccinate or Mask) was “unreasonable, illogical, and a breach of its collective agreement” and must be “abandoned“. Although this result produced the expected whine and cheese (I refer to it as cheesy whining) from the hospital association’s spokespersons, Judge Kaplan’s 53 page ruling was nothing to sneeze at (no pun intended).
Furthermore, it was actually the second ruling of its kind in Toronto, the first coming in 2015 against an area hospital, which also sided with nurses and other employees against masking mandates.
What’s doubly interesting is why Kaplan ruled against the hospitals, even though they trotted out four different studies showing that having high rates of vaccinated healthcare workers dramatically decreased death rates in medical facilities. Not surprisingly, the veracity of those studies did not stand up to scientific or legal scrutiny. “The hospitals couldn’t provide scientific evidence to back up the practice. Everyone makes mistakes, but this went beyond the pale.” In other words, their ‘evidence’ could only be described as “junk science”.
Here are some of the cherry-pickings from In the Matter of an Arbitration Between: St. Michael’s Hospital and The Ontario Hospital Association and The Ontario Nurses’ Association. After reviewing the previous ruling against Toronto area hospitals for the very same thing, Kaplan writes…….
“The new evidence that was introduced was not particularly helpful. Indeed, by and large, the same policy, the same legal issues, and some of the very same evidence that was introduced in this proceeding had earlier been put before Arbitrator Hayes. The influenza virus mutates quickly. The vaccine has no effectiveness against influenza-like illnesses. In general, the influenza vaccine has a ‘moderate’ effectiveness for much of the population: up to 60% (although in some years substantially less, and once in a while, vaccination provides virtually no protection). In those years logic dictated a directive that everyone mask. But that was neither the policy nor the practice.
The Toronto Hospital Association report made it clear that voluntary efforts to increase influenza immunization had failed — only about a 40% to 60% vaccination rate ‘despite robust influenza education campaigns‘ (I prefer the term ‘Propaganda Campaigns’). Of course they said that steps were necessary to address that failure and ‘to significantly improve healthcare worker influenza immunization rates.‘ It’s easy to see how the nurses
were are being blackballed into getting shots that are unnecessary, ineffective, dangerous, or all of the above.
The report recommended that VOM policies ‘be part of a comprehensive prevention and control program aimed at preventing hospital-acquired influenza….‘
This recommendation was made in the admitted absence of direct evidence that mask-wearing healthcare workers protected patients from influenza. The best words to describe the evidence advanced in support of the masking component of the VOM policy in the Toronto Hospital Association report and subsequent proceedings were insufficient, inadequate, and unpersuasive. The judge went on to say, “Evidence that masking as a source control results in any material reduction in transmission was scant, anecdotal, and, in the overall, lacking.” The VOM policy was, in a word (the judge’s word, not mine), ‘illogical‘ .
The Hospital Association trotted out four different studies to prove a reduction in all-cause mortality in facilities where healthcare workers were vaccinated. Their point was simply that when worker vaccination rates increased, patient deaths decreased. St. Michael’s Hospital also tried to prove the following point, “the risk of influenza outbreaks decrease when the rate of worker immunization increase“. Words used by the Nurse’s Association to describe the findings of the four studies in relationship to this case included “inapplicable, implausible and unreliable“.
The fact of the matter was that the Toronto Hospital Association report could not survive even minimal scrutiny. The Toronto Hospital Association report, for instance, stated that for every 8 healthcare workers vaccinated 1 patient death would be prevented. As I stated earlier, this is known as the Number Needed to Vaccinate. Anyone who understands vaccine science immediately had their BS detectors on full alert. And naturally, when those numbers were carefully analyzed they were found to be nonsensical.
As Dr. Osterholm wrote: ‘The four randomized controlled trials…do not provide strong evidence to support an impact on patient mortality when increased numbers of healthcare workers are vaccinated. In fact, two of the studies do not support this claim…and the other two only weakly support it.‘ The suggestion that unvaccinated workers place patients at great influenza peril is, as Dr. De Serres testified, exaggerated.
The Nurse’s Association’s conclusions was only logical — the VOM policy was not evidence-based, but was instead clearly designed with one objective in mind. Force flu vaccines on employees.
And here, folks, is the rub. Why, if flu vaccinations are so wonderful, do so many healthcare workers detest them, and where still allowed, are declining them in droves (HERE — the earlier quote showed about a 50% vaccination rate in Toronto nurses)? It’s simple really; the vaccines don’t work as advertised.
“It is also noteworthy that there is little evidence of any positive impact on patient care outcomes as a result of the VOM policy. Both prior to and after introduction of the policy, St. Michael’s experienced, and continues to experience, influenza outbreaks. In particular, there was one influenza outbreak before the VOM policy was introduced — in 2011 — and there have been several since.”
Study after study after study shows just how poor flu vaccines really are (FLU-MIST included), with the experts already predicting that this year’s vaccine will be every bit as ineffective as last year’s (HERE) — a year with a VE (vaccine efficacy) of around 10%, which as I showed you earlier, creates a NNV of (gulp) 200.
And even though YESTERDAY’S POST on ASIA (Autoimmune/Inflammatory Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants) dealt with silicone from breast implants as opposed to the ALUMINUM ADJUVANTS found in flu vaccines, the conclusions are the same. It’s common — probably actually the norm — for symptoms of autoimmunity not to show up immediately. In other words, the phenomenon of “accumulative affect” is in play not just with flu shots, but with virtually ALL VACCINES. As always, be sure to reach the people you love and care about most by liking, sharing, or following on FACEBOOK.