Another Vaccine Victim

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This time it was a 14-year-old boy in Virginia who developed a case of Guillain-Barre syndrome less than 24 hours after getting his shot.

Jordan McFarland, a high school athlete from Alexandria, Va., left Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children Tuesday night in a wheelchair nearly a week after developing severe headaches, muscle spasms and weakness in his legs following a swine flu shot. He will likely need the assistance of a walker for four to six weeks, plus extensive physical therapy.

“The doctor said I’ll recover fully, but it’s going to take some time,” the teenager said.

Dr. Claudia J. Vellozzi, deputy director for immunization safety at the CDC, said “there’s no clear link between the new vaccine and the disease.” She states that these GBS cases are “events” that just “happen” after the vaccination. They are just coincidence. Doctors at the hospital refuse to talk about GBS in connection with the vaccines, and accordingly, they are giving the press very limited information.

Meanwhile, ScienceNews has published a piece that attempts to debunk the notion of side effects (GBS, miscarriage, MS, Bell’s Palsy, seizures, etc.) by pointing to statistics that show ‘it would have happened regardless.’

If policymakers, physicians and the public don’t understand the magnitude of background rates for diseases and health impacts, they risk inappropriately attributing certain adverse events to vaccines.

Then why do we have George Bush’s gift to Big Pharma — the 2006 Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act? This is the law that “allows the DHHS Secretary to invoke almost complete immunity from liability for manufacturers of vaccines and drugs used to combat a declared public health emergency.” How convenient it is.

6:34 am on November 13, 2009
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