GBS and Swine Flu vaccination discussed on Early Show

August 17, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Hi everyone. I’m with fairly odd mother and the rest of you. I had GBS in July of 2007 and am not taking any chances. I worked for a local health
department here in Ky for nearly 14 years. Every year we would give several thousand flu shots, mostly to the elderly. It was clearly stated on the vaccine information statement we handed out to each person that GBS was linked to influenza vaccinations, not just the swine flu vaccines in 1976. Below is a excerpt taken directly from the CDC info statement on flu vaccines:
(This is from the regular flu vaccine statement, not the H1N1)

Some people should not get inactivated influenza vaccine or
should wait before getting it.
• Tell your doctor if you have any severe (life-threatening)
allergies. Allergic reactions to influenza vaccine are rare.
– Influenza vaccine virus is grown in eggs. People with a
severe egg allergy should not get the vaccine.
– A severe allergy to any vaccine component is also a reason
to not get the vaccine.
– If you have had a severe reaction after a previous dose of
influenza vaccine, tell your doctor.
• Tell your doctor if you ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome
(a severe paralytic illness, also called GBS). You may be
able to get the vaccine, but your doctor should help you
make the decision.

To my knowledge, all flu vaccines and possible other vaccines are cultured in eggs. Not long ago, I also read something on the CDC site that there were reports of GBS occurring with the new cervical vaccine as well as tetanus vaccinations. I’m not trying to scare anyone, but it does make you think twice before getting any vaccinations.

P.S. I just found another warning on their site regarding the Meningococcal conjugate vaccine and GBS! Good Grief!!