H1N1 Swine Flu Vaccination Mystery

There is a H1N1 Swine Flu vaccination mystery occurring. Despite the fact that this mystery has been covered briefly in the media, many individuals are still not aware of it. On the 12th day of November in 2009, the news released a story regarding a boy, 14 years of age, from Virginia that developed a condition referred to as "Guillain-Barre Syndrome" within a period of just a few hours of receiving his vaccine for the H1N1 Swine Flu. The boy’s name is Jordan McFarland. In this guide on the medical mystery surrounding the vaccine for the Swine Flu, you will learn the details of his story.

Guillain-Barre Syndrome, or "GBS" is a muscle disorder. It develops as the immune system initiates an attack on the nerves of the body. When this occurs, one of the first symptoms is weakness within the muscles of the body. An individual may find it difficult to walk, and other physical activities. In addition to this, serious conditions such as body paralysis and possibly even death may be experienced by the sufferer. Jordan McFarland has no previous medical issues and was highly active in sports and similar activities in his high school. However, once he received the H1N1 Swine Flu vaccine, all of that changed.

The Centers for Disease Control has admitted that there have been more than one case of the development of Guillain-Barre Syndrome that seems to be related to the 2009 Swine Flu vaccine. It has been estimated that five individual reports have been established surrounding the onset of GBS related to the vaccine since early October as of late November. This brings back many memories of the 1976 vaccine that resulted in the same illness. It has also been established that the onset of GBS after receiving the vaccine is considered to be one of the rare side effects that occur. According to the CDC, the vaccine has proven to have more advantages than disadvantages considering the seriousness of the H1N1 Swine Flu.

There is a website where you can learn more about the mysteries of the vaccine for the 2009 H1N1 Swine related flu. It is called "VAERS". This stands for the "Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System". As of the 13th day of November of 2009, the following is quoted directly from the website on their report relating to adverse effects of the vaccination:

" VAERS Summary:

• As of November 13, 2009, 36.8 million doses of 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine had been shipped to healthcare providers in the United States.

• As of November 13, 2009, VAERS had received 2365 reports related to 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccination.

• The vast majority (95%) of adverse events reported to VAERS after receiving the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine have not involved serious health problems or outcomes (e.g., they encompass things like soreness at the vaccine injection site).

• Of the 2365 reports, 116 (5%) were reports that involved what would be considered serious health events.

• The number of reports involving what would be considered serious health events (i.e., life threatening or results in death, major disability, abnormal conditions at birth, hospitalization, or extension of an existing hospitalization)* is similar to those historically seen after distribution of a similar number of seasonal flu vaccine doses.

• Among the 2365 reports of adverse events, there were 8 reports of death.

• The 8 VAERS reports that involve deaths are under review by CDC, FDA and the states where the reported deaths occurred. Preliminary findings indicate that there does not appear to be common cause or pattern (such as similarities in age, gender, geographic location, illness surrounding death, or underlying medical conditions) to suggest that these deaths were associated with the vaccine. These cases are under further review pending additional medical records (e.g. autopsy reports, medical files).

• VAERS has received 6 reports of Guillian-Barré syndrome (GBS), for which follow-up assessments are underway. In the United States, about 80-160 cases of GBS are expected to occur each week, regardless of vaccination.

As you can see, there is a medical mystery surrounding the H1N1 Swine Flu vaccine. If you have received the vaccination, or plan to, it is important to learn as much as you possibly can regarding the potential side effects.

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