To the Editor, Forbes Magazine:
'Your recent plea to make sure that everyone lines up for an H1N1 vaccination relies on misinformation, shocking in a publication which prides itself on reliable, research-based articles.
You decry the “pseudoscience” of the “vaccine deniers” and state that failure to get vaccinated was probably the cause of many of the deaths which you uncritically ascribe to a lack of vaccination.
Your breathless endorsement of inaccurate propaganda requires a fact-based response –
First, your assertion that H1N1 has “taken 14,160 lives, 2,328 of them in the U.S. Within the latter group are 248 children” is dramatic, but meaningless and totally inaccurate.
According to the CDC, FDA and WHO, the tests available to determine whether someone has H1N1 are wrong 90% of the time. Allegedly because of the total uselessness of tests, WHO, CDC and FDA advised health systems and nations to STOP TESTING for H1N1 and simply assume that any illness or death related in any way to respiratory difficulties was caused by H1N1.'