A Las Vegas man became partially paralyzed, lost his vision and the ability to walk just one day after receiving the flu shot.
Every year, we here at NTEB do our best to warn you about the dangers of getting a flu shot. And every year, some dear sweet reader, who works as a nurse in a hospital somewhere, will write in and chide us for discouraging people from getting their shot.
Shane Morgan was one of those people who thought the benefits of the flu shot outweighed the risks involved, so back in November he obeyed the ubiquitous bully marketing from Big Pharma, and went and got his shot. Got shot is more like it. Within 36 hours he went blind, struggled to breath and became partially paralyzed. He spent 4 days on a ventilator in the ICU of his hospital.
But it hasn’t been all bad news, though. Shane didn’t catch the flu.
Las Vegas man blames flu shot for triggering rare disorder
FROM NBC 3 LAS VEGAS: Shane Morgan went from perfectly healthy to unable to speak, walk, or breathe on his own. He’s been hospitalized for the last 2 weeks. At one point he was even put on a ventilator and in the ICU and his family blames the flu shot.
At the start of November, Shane and his wife Monique like most couples were planning for the holidays, and with family and young infants coming to town they decided to get the flu shot.
“About 36-hours after he got the flu shot he started to get sick,” Monique said as she sat next to her husband in his hospital bed. Shane started complaining that he couldn’t feel his legs or arms so his wife rushed him to Centennial Hills Hospital, where he spent 4-days on a ventilator in the ICU.
Doctors started treating Shane for Guillain-Barre Syndrome also known as GBS. It’s a rare disorder where a person’s immune system damages their nerve cells, in some cases turning deadly.
The Morgan’s say they’re sure the flu shot is what triggered it. “I never dreamed that any of this could ever happen,” Shane said from his hospital bed.
According to the CDC, there is a link between the flu shot and GBS, but it’s extremely rare. Statistics show 1 to 2 people develop GBS from the flu shot per 1-million vaccinations.
A Las Vegas Man lost his ability to walk, speak & see days after getting the #FluShot Doctors diagnosed him w/ Guillain-Barre syndrome a.k.a GBS. His family says the Flu shot triggered it & the CDC confirms a link, calling it extremely rare. Tune into @News3LV @ 6 for more. pic.twitter.com/TUNTBB1JJe
— Gabby Hart (@GabbyNews3LV) December 1, 2018
Officials with the Southern Nevada Health District say the risk of developing GBS is actually higher if you catch the flu.
“The benefit from the flu vaccine greatly overcomes any specific rare condition like this one that might happen,” said Fermin Leguen, Chief Medical Officer with the Health District.
According to its latest earnings report, Sanofi’s flu vaccine revenues were up by 21 percent, netting the drug-maker about $617 million, on the back of ‘strong US pandemic flu purchases.’ GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) saw an 18 percent increase in its vaccine sales over the course of the year, but the business grew by 76 percent in the last quarter of the year. GSK made $136 million of its $675 million annual sales in the fourth quarter of 2017 alone. source
However, for the Morgans it’s just not worth the risk. “He’d take the flu ten to one,” Monique said.
Interrupted by Shane who said, “I’d take the flu shot three times a season than to have to do this once in a lifetime.” They say no one in their family will get the flu shot ever again.
The health district says this story shouldn’t deter people from getting the flu shot, they say it saves lives. The Morgan’s have a long road ahead of them, they’ve set up a GoFundMe account to help with their expenses. READ MORE
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