Pascal Büchler, a homeopathic physician in Yverdon-les-Bains, says that, "...vaccines against seasonal flu have been shown to be ineffective for elderly people, who are also the greatest risk group." Büchler not only questions the vaccine’s effectiveness but also the "alarming" campaign brought by the Federal Office of Public Health. He refers to a large-scale epidemiological study carried out by American researcher Tom Jefferson. The study concluded that only five to seven per cent of people displaying flu-like symptoms were actually infected with the virus. "If we transfer these figures to Switzerland, 75 people would be the accurate figure for deaths caused by influenza, and not 1,500 as the Office for Public Health would have us believe," Büchler says.
Yves Thomas, the head of the National Influenza Centre in Geneva said that, "The debate and the arguments that surrounded the A(H1N1) influenza virus two years ago have sharpened public mistrust toward the seasonal flu vaccine." In 2010, the World Health Organisation (WHO) was accused of dramatizing worldwide influenza cases in order to result in much higher vaccine sales since many countries had signed contracts with a stipulation to automatically buy vaccines when the WHO gave the highest alert level.
Just last month, the Italian Ministy of Health prohibited the use and sale of four influenza vaccines produced by the pharmaceutical company Novartis. See: http://www.examiner.com/article/italian-ministry-of-health-blocks-the-use-and-sale-of-novartis-flu-vaccines They also announced the recall of 2.3 million doses of the Inflexal V flu vaccine. "Potential danger" to health was claimed for the recall. See: http://www.examiner.com/article/2-3-million-doses-of-flu-vaccine-recalled-for-potential-danger