Swine Flu Shots Lead to Spike in Irish Adverse Event Reports

In its annual report, the Irish Medicines Board (IMB) has revealed that the <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/defective_drugs">Swine Flu vaccination has been linked to an increase in adverse reaction reports, with an additional 900 adverse reaction reports this year, reported The Herald.

According to the report, there were an “unprecedented” number of reported adverse reactions to medicines, an increase over the prior year, with a significant amount contributed to the Swine Flu Vaccine, wrote The Herald.

Meanwhile, CBS News reported that the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that 12 countries have reported suspected narcolepsy cases that have been connected to the swine flu—H1N1—vaccinations. Most of the victims have been children and teens as young as four years of age and as old as 19. Despite the reports of Adverse Swine Flu Vaccine Events, WHO says that it stands by its recommendation that people receive the vaccine, said CBS News.

“The committee agrees that further investigation is warranted concerning narcolepsy and vaccination against influenza (H1N1) 2009 with Pandemrix and other pandemic H1N1 vaccines,” the WHO said, quoted CBS News, which noted that the European Medicines Agency is also looking into the issue, as well. Pandemrix is not being used in the U.S. due to its immune-boosting compound that is not approved in this country.

Significantly, a CBS News Investigation in October 2009 revealed that reports from the U.S. government concerning the Swine Flu Outbreak were significantly overblown and that data from all of the United States indicated that many cases diagnosed as the swine flu were not a flu; the CDC apparently advised doctors to diagnose and count all flu-like illness as swine flu, without testing, added CBS News.

Last year, we wrote that in less than 24 hours after being inoculated against the H1N1 Swine Flu, a young Virginia boy came down with the dangerous, often debilitating, Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Jordan McFarland (14) became wheelchair-bound and developed severe headaches, spasms, and leg weakness and was expected to need a walker for up to six weeks and was also expected to undergo significant physical therapy. Jordon was not the only case, and this was not the first time a swine flu vaccine was associated with the serious disorder, noted MSNBC last year. In 1976, there were increased reports of Guillain-Barre connected to that year’s swine flu vaccine.

Since implementation of the H1N1 inoculation program, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued warnings about an array of conditions, such “miscarriage, heart attack, and even GBS” that can take place with or without the vaccine, and urged the public to report any potential side effects, but not to assume the vaccine is connected.

According to the National Vaccine Information Center in Vienna, Virginia, adverse events are underreported with a mere one-to-ten percent reported to the government’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). While a law implemented in 1986 mandates reactions be reported, there are no sanctions for failing to report, said Fisher; the CDC confirmed that reporting is voluntary.

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