A woman in Australia, who worked as a clerk in a hospital, received a flu shot for free after work one day. Coworkers insisted that because of her position in the hospital (she worked in the labor and delivery department), she needed to get a flu shot, so she complied. This was her first time ever receiving the flu shot. Immediately after the vaccination, she began feeling weak and loopy, and this condition only worsened. Eventually she lost all feeling in her hands and face. After being admitted to the hospital and undergoing numerous tests, her doctors diagnosed her with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Although extremely rare, it is not a secret that GBS has been linked to flu shots. This syndrome is a disease in which the immune system attacks the body’s nervous system, thus resulting in full or partial paralysis.
The victim, Ms. Kathy Watson-Jones, suffered paralysis of almost the entire body. Since her diagnosis, she has slowly regained feeling in her face and upper extremities, but she is still confined to a wheelchair. Fortunately, the majority of GBS victims do make a full recovery, although it takes time, therapy, patience, and perseverance. Ms. Watson-Jones’s treatment includes hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, and occupational sessions, all while being confined to the hospital. Being a single mother of three children, it is very difficult for her not being able to be the mom she used to be. She must now rely on friends and family to take care of not only her children, but herself as well.
Although her situation is very rare, the lesson of Ms. Watson-Jones’s story is an important one. This is not the first time someone has contracted GBS from a flu shot, and it will likely not be the last. To reduce your risk, avoid the flu shot at all costs. It is much better to contract the flu naturally than to be injected with the vaccination. Not only does the vaccination pose serious risks such as Guillain-Barre Syndrome, but it also presents a handful of other side effects such as severe nausea, sweating, headaches, and more. Furthermore, the flu shot is nothing more than just a guess every year; doctors and researchers are hoping that the vaccine being given will be effective against the particular flu strain that year.
There are many people who get the flu shot and still contract the flu anyways. It is simply not worth the risk and will give you some peace of mind if you avoid getting the flu shot this year.
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