Teen paralyzed by h1n1 vax in Maryland

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Teen paralyzed by h1n1 vax in Maryland
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Fri, 03-05-2010 - 5:13pm
CECIL COUNTY, Md. -- A Cecil County teenager is in rehab and is paralyzed from the chest down as a result of getting the H1N1 flu vaccine at his school, according to his parents and doctor.

Robert Beckham, 16, is in rehab at Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital, where he and his parents, Belinda and Tom, are learning to cope with his new status as a paraplegic.

In December, Robert suddenly lost feeling in both his legs and was rushed to Baltimore's Sinai Hospital.

"Very unfortunately, under very heavy treatment, not only did he not improve, he even got slightly worse," said Sinai pediatric neurologist Dr. Yuval Shafrir.

Shafrir said Robert is being treated for a rare condition called transverse mylitis in which a segment of Robert's spinal cord was destroyed by his own immune system.

Transverse mylitis is a disease that can occur after infection, but in this case, Shafrir said it was a medically unpredictable reaction to a vaccination that's being given in schools all over the country.

"The only obvious cause was the H1N1 vaccination," Shafrir said.

"I kept pestering my parents to get me this shot. I got it, and a month later, it went bad," Robert said.

"I'm still in shock from it. I can't believe that this happened to him," said the teen's mother.

"I did not know there was even a small chance of this. I had never heard of this happening," Robert's father said.

To make matters worse for the family, both of Robert's parents are disabled and financially unable to bring him home from the hospital.

"If he had received the regular flu vaccine, the family would be able to file a claim with the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program," said attorney Clifford Shoemaker. "But because it was the swine flu program, which falls under the same bill as terrorism … the family will get very little in compensation for what's happened to this child."

There's a fundraiser this weekend in Cecil County to help them out. It will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Porters Grover Baptist Church at 478 Connelly Road in Rising Sun.

The family needs help making their home handicapped-accessible for Robert. All donations can be made at Cecil Bank in care of Robert Beckham.

Meanwhile, Maryland Health Department officials are aware of Robert's case.

"Certainly, there are instances of adverse events -- they're very rare -- and it's something we want to monitor closely," said DHMH Deputy Secretary Fran Phillips.


While the boy's paralysis is heartbreaking, Shafrir said it shouldn't deter anyone from getting the vaccination.


http://www.wbaltv.com/news/22755325/detail.html

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Registered: 01-21-2010
Sat, 03-06-2010 - 1:11pm

"Meanwhile, Maryland Health Department officials are aware of Robert's case."

Our tax dollars at work...

""Certainly, there are instances of adverse events -- they're very rare -- and it's something we want to monitor closely," said DHMH Deputy Secretary Fran Phillips."

Monitoring...at its finest. They must get their training from VAERS.

"While the boy's paralysis is heartbreaking, Shafrir said it shouldn't deter anyone from getting the vaccination."

I liked Dr. Shafrir up until that point!

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Registered: 06-16-2009
Sun, 03-07-2010 - 2:25am

"If he had received the regular flu vaccine, the family would be able to file a claim with the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program," said attorney Clifford Shoemaker. "But because it was the swine flu program, which falls under the same bill as terrorism … the family will get very little in compensation for what's happened to this child."


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Registered: 10-03-2009
Sun, 03-07-2010 - 9:41am

"If he had received the regular flu vaccine, the family would be able to file a claim with the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program," said attorney Clifford Shoemaker. "But because it was the swine flu program, which falls under the same bill as terrorism … the family will get very little in compensation for what's happened to this child."


Help me out here because that seems so odd.


I would assume that a vaccine is a vaccine is a vaccine. Thus, they should all fall under the SAME safety regulations and be overseen by the same organization. Why is H1N1 considered a terrorism?


Because unless someone was looking for a loophole to absolve themselves of all responsibility for the affects I don't see why it's any different.

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Registered: 06-16-2009
Sun, 03-07-2010 - 8:35pm
According to the gov't:

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Registered: 01-21-2010
Sun, 03-07-2010 - 8:39pm

"Help me out here because that seems so odd."

A lot about the vaccine program is "odd" until you learn more about the truth.

"I would assume that a vaccine is a vaccine is a vaccine. Thus, they should all fall under the SAME safety regulations..."

Safety regulations? Do you think vaccines are tested for safety? They are, if you want to call it that...you may want to look into the so-called "safety" studies. None are long-term, none compare vaccinated children to never-vaccinated children and NONE have been done on the cumulative effects of the entire vaccine schedule. In other words - they study one vaccine at a time...children don't get just *one* vaccine.

"and be overseen by the same organization."

You mean like the dept of transportation should have been on top of this whole Toyota thing? Yeah, our tax dollars at work. Most people here do not agree with me but I will say this anyway. A person is either unaware of what I know, or they are corrupt one. People in power are very often corrupt and we look the other way while that corruption grows with every new politician. That is why I consider the CDC, FDA, AMA, AAP, WHO, and many others are all part of the pharma-mafia. Not to mention that they oversee their stocks at the same time they "oversee" the safety. That should NOT be allowed. Neither should taking all liability off the makers of vaccines. Did you know that you can't even sue a vaccine manufacturer in regular court? There's a special vaccine court set up for vaccine injury. It's the only place you can file a claim if your child is injured. And you may have guessed it already, but yes - there's a cap on the awarded compensation. Does anyone know what the ceiling is? I forget little details and I'm lazy tonight.

"Why is H1N1 considered a terrorism?"

I believe we have Bush to thank for that. Do an advanced search on this board and you'll find some posts about it. You won't like what you find.

"Because unless someone was looking for a loophole to absolve themselves of all responsibility for the affects I don't see why it's any different."

They don't need loopholes.

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Registered: 04-09-2008
Mon, 03-08-2010 - 10:09am

According to the initial Federal Register Vol 74, No. 121 June 2009, the H1N1 was also being indemnified based on the adjuvant.


Because biodefense vaccines falls in part under PBS, indemnification is included based on the fact most will not widely be in circulation prior to its use (if need be) based on a pandemic, epidemic or biothreat/biological, therefore casualties based on mass use will be unknown.

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Registered: 10-03-2009
Mon, 03-08-2010 - 10:27pm
Did I just read that correctly, did that all just basically say "In order to
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Registered: 10-03-2009
Mon, 03-08-2010 - 10:31pm

>>> Do you think vaccines are tested for safety?


Sorry, should have re-introduced myself. Used to be on here a year or so ago and got sidetracked by life. About to put DS (now 3.5) into preschool and while I've filled out the exemption forms, I want to make sure I am able to explain to myself and anyone else why I'm not vaccinating him. So I get the weirdness of the vaccination programs and all that. :)


>>> I believe we have Bush to thank for that. Do an advanced search on this board and you'll find some posts about it. You won't like what you find.


Not so sure Bush can be blamed for anything other than being able to con a country into thinking he was actually in charge.


Anyway, I have never been good at the advanced search on ivillage. I think I finally found the one thing I cannot figure out. Besides the TV remote. Any help?

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Registered: 06-16-2009
Tue, 03-09-2010 - 12:36am

Not so sure Bush can be blamed for anything other than being able to con a country into thinking he was actually in charge.


You and I are going to get along just swimmingly, lol.

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Registered: 04-09-2008
Tue, 03-09-2010 - 7:56am
You read correctly. And an unelected appointed official gets to declare to what is considered a national emergency. (Sec. of DHHS) to include 'potential' emergency, aka: a bad dream.

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