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NYT Allows Flu Vaccine Injury Mention in Story?

Asleep_switch The New York Times has run a story on Peripheral Neuropathy HERE and surprises us with a reference to a flu vaccine injury. Was the advertorial staff asleep?

...One of my sons, too, was afflicted when a nerve behind his knee was injured during a basketball game. He had no feeling or mobility in his foot for nine months, but after several years the nerve healed and he regained full use of his foot.

And a good friend was nearly paralyzed, also temporarily, following a flu shot, by a far more serious form of peripheral neuropathy — an autoimmune affliction called Guillain-Barré syndrome, in which one’s own antibodies attack the myelin sheath that protects nerves throughout the body...

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Shel zz66eeaa99ww123

I read."And a good friend was nearly paralyzed, also temporarily, following a flu shot, by a far more serious form of peripheral neuropathy — an autoimmune affliction called Guillain-Barré syndrome, in which one’s own antibodies attack the myelin sheath that protects nerves throughout the body."

It's likely that flu vaccine didn't cause the GBS. It was just one thing after another. As long as they meet the 3?? week rule, they can compensation from the vaccine courts process.

So, as far as it goes, I have no trouble with this and I know that the flu vaccine is incredibly safe.

Henderson

It must just be autism/vaccines the NYT has an issue with. They seem to accept the possibility of other autoimmune diseases in reaction to vaccines. But, of course they must be getting their info from the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee or some other numskull organization.

Infuriating.

From the NYT
Benefit and Doubt in Vaccine Additive
By ANDREW POLLACK
Published: September 21, 2009

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/22/health/22vacc.html?scp=1&sq=benefit%20and%20doubt%20vaccine&st=cse

Near the end of the article there are these two paragraphs...

While adjuvants tend to increase the temporary pain, swelling or fatigue caused by a vaccine, the main concern is whether they might cause an autoimmune disease, like rheumatoid arthritis, in which the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues. Some animal studies have suggested that possibility.

Last year, the F.D.A. halted a clinical trial of a hepatitis B vaccine containing a novel adjuvant after one participant developed a type of blood-vessel inflammation that is considered an autoimmune disease. But the agency lifted its hold this month, apparently satisfied that the vaccine, made by Dynavax Technologies, was not the cause.

Kristina

Oops!!!

Dan, tx

They had other things on their minds today like job cuts (8 percent of its newsroom staff):

http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/10/19/the-new-york-times-to-eliminate-100-newsroom-jobs/

Sue

I had a terrible time with feet and hands that turned numb on me, at night especially. It was so bad I often woke up repeatedly due to the pain and had to shake my hands or hang them over the bed to stop the discomfort. My feet were often so numb that I had difficulty walking right when I got up. I also often got dizzy when standing up after sitting or lying down. I did consult a doctor about the problems but got nothing out of that other than a bill.

Unexpectedly, after I got all my many amalgams out and detoxed per Andy Cutler--the neuropathy/dizziness problems quickly and completely disappeared. I am sure it was all just a coincidence, of course. (Not. LOL)

Did anyone notice the following opinion piece at the NYT website? The link was on the page with the article on neuropathy and I thought it might interest some folks here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/19/opinion/19berkley.html

I got a good laugh out of the first line and felt rather bemused(?) by much of what else the author had to say, especially in light of some of the rhetoric about statistical significance etc. that gets thrown at anyone who asks questions about vaccine safety/efficacy and epidemiological research.

Gatogorra

Didn't some government "expert" complain about the thimerosal theory of autism on the grounds that "there was no peripheral neuropathy" in autism? I think I remember this from David Kirby's book. But when I look at the descriptions of peripheral neuropathy, the first thing I think of is autism.

From the article:

"Someone with damaged sensory nerves might not feel heat, for example, and could be scalded by an overly hot bath. Neuropathy of the motor nerves can result in weakness, lack of coordination or paralysis; neuropathy of the autonomic nerves can lead to high blood pressure, irregular heart rate, diarrhea or constipation, impotence and incontinence".

Wow, my kids seem to have gotten a "sample kit" from three forms of neuropathy. My father developed it after a flu shot and died last year. At first he started falling, dropping things and choking because of lost sensation. At the very end, he was unable to walk or talk, developed a malignant arrhythmia and his blood pressure was through the roof. They never tested him for GB.

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