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Considering the Flu Shot? Here Are Five Reasons to Think Twice

Published on November 1, 2015 by   ·   No Comments

Considering the Flu Shot - Here Are Five Reasons to Think Twice

Carolanne WrightWake Up World

“Emelie Olsson is plagued by hallucinations and nightmares. When she wakes up, she’s often paralyzed, unable to breathe properly or call for help. During the day she can barely stay awake, and often misses school or having fun with friends. She is only 14, but at times she has wondered if her life is worth living.

“Emelie is one of around 800 children in Sweden and elsewhere in Europe who developed narcolepsy, an incurable sleep disorder, after being immunized with the made by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline in 2009.” ~ Reuters

An uptick in narcolepsy after the flu shot is not unusual — Finland, Norway, Ireland and France have seen dramatic increases since the Pandemrix H1N1 swine flu vaccine was introduced. In total, more than 30 million people in 47 countries were given the GSK shot during the 2009-2010 flu season. Independent researchers subsequently published peer-reviewed studies from Finland, Ireland and Sweden, showing the 2009-2010 influenza vaccination campaign increased the rate of narcolepsy by seven to thirteen times in children given the GSK shot, compared to their unvaccinated peers. Unfortunately, narcolepsy isn’t the only risk associated with the vaccine.

An Unexpected Side-Effect

Prior to developing narcolepsy, Emelie was a top student who enjoyed tennis, playing the piano, making art and spending time with friends. However, a few months after she had the Pandemrix vaccine, her life changed forever.

In the beginning, she nor her parents suspected narcolepsy. It was simply a case of increased tiredness, where Emelie often needed to sleep when she came home from school. But then she began collapsing and it was clear something was seriously wrong.

The disease progressed beyond daytime sleepiness into nightmares, hallucinations, sleep paralysis and episodes of cataplexy — a sudden and dramatic loss of muscle strength triggered by strong emotions. She can no longer laugh or joke with her friends due to the disorder.

Goran Stiernstedt, a doctor turned public health official in Stockholm, Sweden, has poured over the data documenting what happened in his country during the 2009-2010 flu season, after the vaccine was introduced. “The big question is was it worth it? And retrospectively I have to say it was not,” he told Reuters in an interview.

Additional Dangers

Beyond narcolepsy, the flu vaccine can cause other severe complications, such as:

Fetal death

A study published in the journal Human and Experimental Toxicology found a 4,250% increase in the number of miscarriages and stillbirths during the 2009/2010 flu season. The researcher concluded: “[A] synergistic fetal toxicity likely resulted from the administration of both the pandemic (A-H1N1) and seasonal influenza vaccines during the 2009/2010 season.”

Contracting the Flu

Instead of protecting you from the flu, the vaccine can actually make you more susceptible to it. This study discovered that “a significant positive association between the seasonal influenza vaccine and lab confirmed H1N1 was observed.”

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