Virginia teen suffers rare illness...

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Thu, 11-12-2009 - 3:51am

Boy diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, but CDC says no clear link

Jordan McFarland, 14, was hospitalized for five days after coming down with Guillain-Barre syndrome hours after receiving a vaccination for H1N1.

By JoNel Aleccia
Health writer
Nov. 11, 2009

A 14-year-old Virginia boy is weak and struggling to walk after coming down with a reported case of Guillain-Barre syndrome within hours after receiving the H1N1 vaccine for swine flu.

Jordan McFarland, a high school athlete from Alexandria, Va., left Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children Tuesday night in a wheelchair nearly a week after developing severe headaches, muscle spasms and weakness in his legs following a swine flu shot. He will likely need the assistance of a walker for four to six weeks, plus extensive physical therapy.

“The doctor said I’ll recover fully, but it’s going to take some time,” the teenager said.

Jordan is among the first people in the nation to report developing the potentially life-threatening muscle disorder after receiving the H1N1 vaccine this fall. His alarming reaction was submitted via msnbc.com’s reader reporting tool, First Person, by his stepmother, Arlene Connin.

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Registered: 06-24-2008
Thu, 11-12-2009 - 9:51am

are you surprised?

still want your kids to get H1N1?




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Registered: 11-06-2009
Thu, 11-12-2009 - 11:09am

Wow - GBS is decidely a possible reaction to the H1N1 vaccine.

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Registered: 06-24-2008
Thu, 11-12-2009 - 11:36am

Obviously .. I realize the risk of GBS is far lower than risk of complications from contracting H1N1.

That being said .. I'm not afraid of H1N1 in the least. I *believe* H1N1 has already been through out house -- all of the symptoms my DH and I experienced match that of H1N1 (103+ temp x 3-4 days .. body aches, chills, cough, lower respiratory congestion, fatigue, loss of appetite, etc.) .. we'll never know for sure b/c most doctors aren't testing. I'm happy to report that despite DH and I being pretty wiped out by whatever little virus ran through our house, and having close contact with our infant son through it all -- he had nothing more than a runny nose. :)

Mild illness, IMO -- why is it that the rest of the world isn't going insane over this, just the USA?




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Registered: 11-06-2009
Thu, 11-12-2009 - 11:50am

Glad to hear you seem to have weathered the H1N1.

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Registered: 06-24-2008
Thu, 11-12-2009 - 12:12pm

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Agreed .. I cannot find it now, but I recently read a MMWR that outlined pediatric deaths attributed to H1N1 -- and it was pretty "on track" with seasonal influenza in years past .. leading me to think that this major push for vaccination and "emergency" status is maybe too much ..Not that it makes it ok for children or pregnant women to die from influenza ..

It'll be interesting to see if there is any data in the future related to percent vaccinated vs. percent who contracted H1N1 anyway .. though I guess they can't publish that, since the CDC isn't tracking H1N1 cases anymore .. sooo .. we won't ever really know how effective the vaccine is .. nor will we really know how many people contracted the virus .. so we cannot really compare it to other flu seasons ..




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Registered: 11-06-2009
Thu, 11-12-2009 - 12:30pm

Deaths from H1N1 will be tracked against vaccinated and unvaccinated, just as all infectious diseases are required to be.

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Registered: 11-06-2009
Thu, 11-12-2009 - 12:40pm

Overivew of US Flu Monitoring and Reporting, graphically we can see the season being the worst in recent years annotated as well as higher incidences of pediatric mortality than expected.

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Registered: 06-24-2008
Thu, 11-12-2009 - 12:55pm

what is classified as a death from H1N1? Just pneumonia?




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Registered: 11-06-2009
Thu, 11-12-2009 - 1:33pm
Looks like CDC is taking pneumonia and other ILI related complications as applicable to the strain.
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Registered: 08-09-2009
Thu, 11-12-2009 - 7:17pm
Are you assuming I was pro H1N1? I can't tell.

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