The Safety of the Influenza Vaccine: How the CDC and Mainstream Media Deceive the Public

I am crowdfunding a major multi-part exposé on how the government and mainstream media systematically deceive the public about the safety and effectiveness of the influenza vaccine.

You can help me get this vital information out to the public by making a financial contribution to the effort.

Project Overview

I am writing a major multi-part exposé demonstrating how the government and media routinely and systematically deceive the public about the safety and effectiveness of the influenza vaccine.

Thanks to financial contributions from my community of readers, I have been able to research, write, and publish the first three installments:

  1. Should You Get the Flu Shot Every Year? Don’t Ask the New York Times.
  2. How the CDC Uses Fear and Deception to Sell More Flu Vaccines
  3. How You’re Being Lied to about the Risks of Getting a Flu Vaccine Annually

In part one, I show how the New York Times, in order to persuade readers to obediently line up for a flu shot every year in accordance with the CDC’s recommendation, deceives readers by grossly mischaracterizing its own sources from the scientific literature on the influenza vaccine.

In part two, I dive even deeper into the medical literature to illustrate further how, by so deceiving the public, the media are just following the CDC’s example, as well as how public vaccine policy represents a threat to both our health and liberty.

In part three, I focus more specifically on the question of vaccine safety, showing why the claims that the flu shot is “safe” cannot be trusted and how studies have shown that getting vaccinated annually may actually increase your risk of illness.

I am now fundraising for part four, in which I will continue the focus on safety by exposing the claim that the mercury contained in some flu shots is safe to inject into infants and pregnant women, and how the CDC’s recommendation that pregnant women get a flu shot during any trimester is criminally irresponsible. In part four, you’ll learn:

  • Why the studies the CDC relies upon to support its claims that the influenza vaccine has been scientifically demonstrated to be safe for infants and pregnant women in fact do not.
  • How the CDC recommends pregnant women get a flu shot even during the first trimester even though its own researchers have found vaccination to be associated with a significantly increased risk of miscarriage.
  • How if pharmaceutical companies made the same claims in their vaccine products’ package inserts that the CDC makes about flu vaccines, they could be criminally prosecuted.
  • Why the CDC’s claim that the kind of mercury contained in some flu shots is harmless is a lie; how it is in fact a known neurotoxin; and how science has shown that it is in fact persistent and can accumulate in the tissues and organs, including the brain.
  • How, before it was removed as a preservative from most childhood vaccines, the CDC’s routine childhood vaccine schedule was exposing children to higher levels of cumulative mercury than the government’s own safety limits.
  • Why the claim that science has falsified the hypothesis that vaccines can cause autism in genetically susceptible children is a bald-faced lie; how science supports the biological plausibility of the hypothesis; and how the government has acknowledged its plausibility and even conceded that it has happened.

As with parts one through three, my pledge to you is that part four will be packed with empowering knowledge, fully referenced so you can check my sources for yourself and have those resources available to you, and masterfully written so you’ll able to quickly and easily consume the vast amount of information I’ll be providing to you.

I am aiming to raise the amount of $1,500 to complete and publish part four.

Much of the writing for part four has already been done, but a significant amount of additional time will be required to complete, edit to ensure the sometimes difficult material is easily consumable for the reader, proofread, and publish it. 

Nobody is paying me to do this work, which costs me considerably. I have living expenses and a family to provide for, so to be able to continue this mission, I require financial support from readers. This is a 100% reader-funded project! 

Your donation will help me get this vital information out to the public.

Why Crowdfund? And How Does It Work?

This project is being made possible by financial contributions from my readers.

You might be wondering why I’m not using one of the available crowdfunding platforms out there, such as Kickstarter or Patreon, for this fundraiser. One reason is that these companies take a 5% cut of the total amount raised, whereas by hosting it here on my own site and using PayPal, I can reduce that to 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction. Another reason is that independent voices have had their accounts suspended on such platforms, and by self-hosting this fundraising effort, I can speak out without the risk of this happening.

Sound good? If this works, it will serve as a model for me moving forward to be able to deliver you impactful journalism that empowers you with actionable knowledge. This is not just about creating a series of articles. It is about revolutionizing how journalism is done. It is about working together to help make a positive impact, to help ensure a brighter future for our children and future generations of humanity.

Why It Matters

This project focuses on the influenza vaccine, but the implications are profoundly greater. This exposé is relevant because, as it illuminates, our health, lives, and liberty are at grave risk. Public vaccine policy poses a threat to our children and future generations of humanity.

My exposé will connect the dots and synthesize a vast amount of information in a way that enables you to see the big picture and fully grasp the significance of just how dangerously the public is being systematically lied to.

This exposé is needed because there is no serious discussion about vaccine happening in the mainstream media. What the government and media say science says about vaccines and what science actually tells us are two completely different things.

I have already incontrovertibly demonstrated that in the already published installments, but there is still so much more to cover!

This project matters because in order for this threat to our health to be alleviated, political change must occur, and for political change to occur, the nature of the mainstream discourse about vaccines must change.

Together, we can and will make a positive impact. We have to. Our children are depending on us.

How This Project Is Different

While the mainstream media has not only utterly failed to educate the public about vaccines, there is a ton of information available online from alternative sources (including, of course, the medical literature itself, searchable at So how is my exposé different from everything else out there about the flu vaccine?

Well, for one, most people just don’t have time to research the medical literature for themselves. It takes a huge amount of time, and the science can be very difficult to interpret and analyze. What is required is for journalists with the necessary research and analytic skills to convey the most critical information in a meaningful way to the general public.

There are a lot of people doing amazing work in this area. But another part of the problem is that there is so much information out there. There is a great deal of misinformation on both sides. While some alternative media sources do cover the vaccine issue reasonably well, one tends to get disparate glimpses of various facets. Content that really comprehensively overviews a topic such as “the influenza vaccine” in a way that enables the reader to relatively quickly and easily get fully up to speed on what the science says and approaches the issue from all angles is rare or nonexistent. And that’s no surprise because, frankly, this is an extremely difficult and time-consuming task that requires specialized skills.

I recognize that I have the required skills in research, analysis, and, above all, writing, and I feel compelled by my conscience to utilize these skills to get this information out there. I have shifted the focus of my work away from US foreign policy and toward the vaccine issue because this is where I feel my voice is most needed at this point in time.

But this is not a selfless effort. On the contrary, I view it as being in my own best interests to do everything in my power to make a positive impact. Indeed, my primary consideration is what kind of world I want my son to grow up in. If you are a parent, you know there can’t be any greater motivation than that.

My exposé connects the dots, synthesizing a massive amount of information about the flu vaccine in a way that helps readers see the bigger picture. Basically, you could either spend hundreds of hours doing your own research to really understand the broad range of issues related to the influenza vaccine, or you can just read my exposé. (And then, if you want to dig even deeper, you can start by checking my sources and going from there.)

While there is some great work being done out there on this issue, the nature of the topic itself can make it difficult to effectively communicate ideas through writing. This is something I excel at. I’ve been described by Barron’s as “a writer of rare skill”, and I am confident that you’ll agree part one of my exposé is extraordinarily well written.

I don’t have a lot of resources, but even with my modest means, I have already been able to make an impact with my writing. My work has been cited by Dr. Joseph Mercola of the leading natural health website, and I have been collaborating with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s organization Children’s Health Defense (formerly World Mercury Project) to get my message out about vaccines. My work has also been published at and the National Vaccine Information Center’s publication The Vaccine Reaction.

I have had considerable impact despite my lack of resources, and hold that up as a testament to the quality of my work.

So that’s how this project is different, and why I feel it is worth supporting. In the end, it is really up to the information consumer to determine how knowledge is imparted to them through the media. Where you direct your dollars helps determine the future. I ask you to join me in this effort. My research, analysis, and writing. Your financial contribution. Together, we can have an impact and help change the nature of the public discourse on this critically important subject:

Crowdfunding Progress


Goal: $1,500

Raised: $230

Donors: 11

Fundraiser start date: January 11, 2019. Last Updated: January 18, 2019, 3:10 pm ET

“Jeremy Hammond is a true investigative journalist, not afraid to dig for the truth on vaccine safety or to expose the corruption, lies, and manipulative tactics of the official vaccine promoters, such as the CDC and the FDA, with laser-like clarity.

“By contrasting the actual research on vaccine science—or lack thereof—with the pap being sold to us by the media, CDC, and public health officials, it becomes glaringly obvious that the powers-that-be do not have the public’s best interest in mind.

“I find his work not only very educational for myself as a naturopathic physician as well as for my patients, but am also impressed by his dedication to his craft; it takes hundreds of hours to research and write such articles and nobody is paying him to do this.

“Jeremy is providing a true service to humanity with his investigative work and deserves our deepest gratitude, respect and support. He certainly has mine.” Dr. Anke Zimmermann, ND, FCAH

Naturopathic Physician,

“I dare say that journalists have gotten either very lazy, very scared, or both. It is a rare journalist – like Jeremy Hammond, or Sheryl Attkisson – who actually digs deep for the truth on a matter.” Dr. Kelly Brogan, MD

Holistic Women's Health Psychiatrist and New York Times Bestselling Author,

“Jeremy Hammond has recently produced two stellar pieces of investigative journalism on how the science of flu vaccines is mis-reported by the CDC and the mainstream media. He is currently working on a third. I have found his pieces to be carefully sourced, thoughtful, highly readable and compelling….

“If we want investigative journalism on this topic, we’re going to have to fund it ourselves, or we won’t get much of it! I’d rather pay him than for a subscription to the Washington Post or New York Times, both of which continue to demonstrate woeful bias on this topic.” Jen Downey

“Glad to see that a rare few independent thinking journalists exist.” J. P.

“I don’t know how to thank you enough.” A. R.

“Jeremy, you’re doing great work! Good on you for taking on the media behemoths and trying to get out all the facts about vaccines.” K. R.

“Thanks for all you do!” B. S.

“You’re amazing! Keep up the great work.” J. N.

“I am a Mom of an autistic son 13.5yrs old… Thanks!!!” C. S.

“Thanks for what you’re doing! Keep it up!” J. G.

“Thank you so much for taking the time out of your life to pursue the answers to relevant largely unposed questions about our vaccine program, and the science that bears on it.” J. D.

“Great work!!” C. P.

“A greatly needed public service! … Thanks so much Jeremy for your dedication to searching for the truth on the flu shot.” M. E.

“Jeremy, A friend forwards me your articles — which I much appreciate. Thank you for the good work you do.” Y. P.

“Keep up the great work. Don’t let the industry shills and trolls get you down.” F. P.

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