Recently, news came out about a young woman who developed dystonia – a rare neurological condition – shortly after receiving a seasonal flu shot. (This video powerfully shows the effects.) While reports appear to treat this as something of an anomalous medical mystery, sadly, it’s not really all that surprising. For there is a robust medical literature documenting neurological and other problems resulting from various vaccinations.
The most comprehensive and accessible research review remains Gary Null’s and Martin Feldman’s 2007 analysis in the Townsend Letter, which we think should be required reading for anyone facing vaccination decisions for themselves or their children or other loved ones they take care of.
While those who favor vaccination tend to think that objections to the practice focus only on the matter of thimerosol/mercury and autism – which is, of course, something to be concerned about – mercury isn’t the only problem. There are other constituents at work, and other illnesses and conditions that can result. Those documented in the medical literature include:
- Anaphylaxis (an acute systemic and severe type I hypersensitivity allergic reaction)
- Guillain-Barre (an autoimmune disorder)
- Brachial neuritis (inflammation of nerves in the upper arm, causing muscle weakness and pain)
- Thrombocytopenia (low platelet levels in the blood)
- Acute encephalopathy (a syndrome of global brain dysfunction)
- Hypotonic/hyporesponsive episodes
- Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
Whether you accept or refuse vaccinations is ultimately your call. What matters most is that your decision is a thoroughly informed one. So do your research. Talk with healthcare providers. Ask questions.
One of the questions to ask is whether the vaccine will actually do any good, especially with respect to the flu shot – seasonal or H1N1. While all answers have pointed to no for some time now, for a variety of reasons, a new article in The Atlantic does a particularly good job of exploring how the medical establishment has gotten things wrong with respect to the flu vaccine.
But being wrong seems to be good for business, and that may tell us something, as well.