We are in the midst of flu season, which means that it is time to pull out your hand sanitizer, keep a box of tissues with you at all times, and of course, get your seasonal vaccination against whatever is going around getting everyone sick.
But hold up one second. You might not know is that there is the possibility that getting vaccinated could leave you paralyzed. While most of us are trying to avoid the H1N1 Swine Flu, we do not know that the vaccine might be dangerous. What if it left you with paraplegia or quadriplegia for the rest of your life?
Our paralysis attorneys want to advise you to weigh all options at your disposal before you decide whether vaccination against the Swine Flu is right for you and your family. You do not want to do something that could leave you with any one of the varieties of paralysis that are sometimes associated with the flu treatment.
Thankfully, it doesn’t look like the Swine Flu vaccination is likley to cause paralysis. Only about one or two people for every 100,000 are paralyzed from the flu shot, thus making your chances of paralysis very low. The condition itself is known as Gullian-Barre Syndrome (GBS), which is essentially a disease that exposes nerves in the human spinal cord by destroying the protective coating around them and causing paralysis over time.
In the 1970s, the amount of people who contracted Gullian-Barre Syndrome from seasonal flu shots outnumbered the amount of people who actually became ill due to symptoms related to the flu. Clinical studies were set up in 1976 after several cases of GBS occurred in people who had been given the flu shot. Thankfully, the flue shot is much safer now.
While the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has reassured the general populous that the H1N1 vaccination is safe, they are also on the watch for GBS-like symptoms linked with the treatment after two cases revealed a relationship between Gullian-Barre Syndrome and the vaccine. Still, the CDC expects the flu shots to work successfully as they always have and that the millions of people who have gotten them in the past will continue to do so without any complications such as GBS.
Our firm’s paralysis attorneys urge everyone to stay as healthy as possible, but explore all options before deciding if the vaccination is right for you — especially with a slight chance of paralysis in those who receive the traditional seasonal flu treatment.
If you or a loved one believes paralysis has occurred as a result of the flu shot, we urge you to contact our bilingual offices as soon as possible following the accident at 1-858-551-2090 or please click here for a free consultation with an experienced paralysis attorney. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not pay anything until we recover money on your behalf.
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