ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A northern Virginia family says their lives have been turned upside down. Just 24 hours after getting his flu shots, their 14-year-old son was too weak to walk.
Jordan McFarland is an avid young athlete who is walking now with the aid of a walker. His father Calvin says doctors made a preliminary diagnosis of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), a disease characterized by muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis.
The Alexandria, Virginia teen had both a seasonal flu vaccine and an H1N1 shot a week ago, but his dad believes the illness is linked to the H1N1 flu shot. He says Jordan had regular flu shots four times before without a problem.
Report: Swine Flu Vaccine May Be Deadly
(MYFOX NATIONAL) - British medical authorities are warning that there could be a link between the swine flu vaccine, which is expected in October, and a deadly nervous disorder, according to the Telegraph .
The reports states there is a link between the vaccine and Guillain-Barre Syndrome , a serious neurological disease that causes paralysis and in extreme cases can lead to death. Doctors are being urged to watch for cases of the disorder.
A swine flu or H1N1 vaccine caused some problems in 1976 when U.S. health officials rushed out the vaccine following an outbreak of swine flu in military barracks because the virus was found somewhat related to the strain involved in the 1918 flu pandemic that killed millions around the world.
Around 40 million people received the vaccine but doctors reported an increase Guillain-Barre and 25 people died before the immunization program was stopped.
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