Coincidence Says CDC When Young Athlete Suffers Guillain-Barre Syndrome After H1N1 Shot
Posted Nov 12 2009 10:00pm
MSNBC reports that a 14 year old high school athlete in Virginia is struggling to walk after coming down with Guillain-Barré Syndrome within 18 hours after receiving an H1N1 flu shot:
Jordan McFarland, a high school athlete from Alexandria, Va., left Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children Tuesday night in a wheelchair nearly a week after developing severe headaches, muscle spasms and weakness in his legs following a swine flu shot. He will likely need the assistance of a walker for four to six weeks, plus extensive physical therapy.
CDC spokesperson Dr. Claudia J. Vellozzi, deputy director for immunization safety provided a response heard often in possible vaccine autism cases, the usual it's all just a coincidence:
“We know that GBS and other illnesses occur routinely in the U.S.,” Vellozzi said, noting that 80 to 120 cases are diagnosed each week in the general population.
“There are events that follow vaccination. That’s what they are, they happened to follow vaccination.