Influenza: Is It Dangerous?

How Many Americans Really Die Of The Flu Each Year?

by Jon Rappoport at

OCTOBER 22, 2004. Ask the American Lung Association. Better yet, read their own report from August of 2004, titled, “Trends in Pneumonia and Influenza/Morbidity and Mortality.” This report comes from “Research and Scientific Affairs/Epidemiology and Statistics Unit.” At the bottom of the document, the source is listed as: National Center for Health Statistics, Report of Final Mortality Statistics, 1979-2001. Get ready for some surprises, especially since the CDC keeps trumpeting flu-death annual numbers as 36,000. Like clockwork. Year in and year out. 36,000 people in the US die from the flu every year. Killer disease. Watch out. Get your flu shot. Every autumn. Don’t wait. You might fall over dead in the street.

Here are the total flu deaths from the report. From 1979 to 2001, the stats were released every two years.

1979: 604
1981: 3,006
1983: 1,431
1985: 2,054
1987: 632
1989: 1,593
1991: 1,137
1993: 1,044
1995: 606
1996: 745
1997: 720
1998: 1,724
1999: 1,665
2000: 1,765
2001: 257

Don’t believe me? Here is the page: Get there and go to page 9 of the document. Then start scrolling down until you come to the chart for flu deaths as a separate category. Tommy Thompson, head of US Health and Human services, stated that 91 percent of the people who die from the flu in the US every year are 65 and older. So you might engage in a little arithmetic and figure out how many people under 65 are really dying from the flu each year. But no matter. The raw all-ages stats are low enough. Quite low enough. Quite, quite.

Do you see what is going on here?

You can go into my archive and read recent pieces on this subject and find my argument for those who blithely claim, “Well, harumph, you see, uh ah, flu often leads to pneumonia and THAT’S why we have to be so careful about the flu. Deaths from pneumonia are large numbers, harumph, blah blah blah…” It’s a straight con, folks. The CDC is on a streetcorner with a little table, and there are shills walking around repeating the 36,000 death figure while the PR flacks at the table are working the vaccine angle. The crowd is getting restless. A man shouts, “Where is my flu shot? We’re all going to die!” Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, Congress planned a measure that will guarantee vaccine manufacturers annual billion-dollar payoffs no matter how many doses are left over, unused.


Author: Jon Rappoport