H1N1 vaccine: Protection or conspiracy theory?
The rumored side-effects of H1N1 vaccines are spreading fear Saudi Arabia’s residents, prompting some to question if the vaccines are part of a large, sinister conspiracy.
October 21, 2009 9:37 by Hassna'a Mokhtar
A wave of panic has settled over people in the past weeks following rumors that H1N1 vaccines destroy the immune system and reduce fertility rates by 80 percent.
Parents are being advised not to allow their children to take the vaccine. Some, however, say that the rumors are just conspiracy theories lending weight to the claim that swine flu is manmade.
One text message warned people against the H1N1 vaccination, which would be available next month. “But please, before you take it or give it to your children, watch Al-Jazeera tonight at 10 p.m. There will be a show about the vaccination and its side effects. Please inform your friends and relatives,” it read.
On October 7, Ahmed Mansur, presenter of Al-Jazeera an English-language talk show titled Bela Hodoud (Arabic for without borders) program interviewed consumer health expert Leonard G. Horowitz who spoke about the suspicious emergence of H1N1 and vaccinations. Horowitz further described the harmful side effects of H1N1 vaccinations as “pangenocide,” and accused vaccine makers and famous investors of genocide.
He also called on nations to suspend vaccination programs until an independent court examines evidence he and investigative journalist Sherri Kane have gathered.
Lamia al-Otaibi, a 39-year-old banker and mother of three, said that the concerns of her colleagues and friends over the safety of the vaccine are far greater than their fear of the disease itself.