Virginia teen suffers rare illness...

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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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Mon, 11-23-2009 - 6:38am
When I first got here and was stepping on everyone's toes, didn't someone question whether I was Dexter at some point?
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Mon, 11-23-2009 - 9:56am

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Mon, 11-23-2009 - 11:02am

LOL! I think we did!

We love Dexter, glad to have her back!

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Mon, 11-23-2009 - 11:06am

Wow - I go on duty for a weekend and you guys just tear up the place.

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Mon, 11-23-2009 - 5:27pm

Hey, does that mean you guys love me too??

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Mon, 11-23-2009 - 5:39pm
You know we do! You appear to be getting more informed, we especially love that!
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Mon, 11-23-2009 - 5:44pm

>>The facts remain, as stated<<

NOT a fact. It is an opinion. I am very pro vaccine, but I do not stick my head in the sand when it comes to the facts of vaccines. I know they CAN fail. I would assume you know this actual fact, too.

>>The vaccine is not 100% but they sure would not have gotten it as bad as they did.<<

Here you acknowledge the fact that vaccines do not work 100% of the time but then go on to say they will all work later in the sentence. You may not have said those words, but you are saying that even though vaccines won't work 100% of the time, they will work to lessen the symptoms and that simply...isn't...true.

>>I don't know why you (the anti-H1N1 group) are comfortable with your own personal observations but discount those of others.<<

"We" (I use quotes because I don't speak for anyone else) research the vaccine, look at possible or probable side effects vs the disease we are vaccinating for and make a decision. H1N1 is controllable if caught early and precautions taken. A lot of people have had it with nothing more than mild flu symptoms which is what you get from the flu vaccine. GBS is a possible side effect of the vaccine and while it may be rare, it is still a possibility and calling something "rare" doesn't mean it won't happen to you or a loved one. And there has been at least one confirmed case of GBS due to the vaccine.

Most people wouldn't buy an operating system until the first major overhaul has come out so why would we take the deadly chance with our kids for a vaccine that has just come out and hasn't even really been improved since it's last public appearance, for lack of a better description.

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Mon, 11-23-2009 - 5:48pm

Thank you very much ^^

I definitely look at vaccines with a more cautious eye and while I can't say with 100% certainty, I think we will be skipping the H1N1 vaccine. We just don't take our daughter out to the store during busy peak hours, we take her out into the sun daily, give her lots of fruits and veggies (natures vaccine, I believe I've called it lol), and even though it sucked, we didn't go to the Sesame Street Live show because there were tons of kids and who knows what is floating around because parents these days just don't make their kids cover their mouths when they sneeze or cough.

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Mon, 11-23-2009 - 5:51pm

The edit's being wacky for me so I'll just reply to myself to add:

Could you imagine getting the H1N1 vaccine, having the generic flu like symptoms as a side effect and then getting GBS (this is just a what if scenario, which I am pro at thinking up) and then before the vaccine has a chance to provide the immunity, you get the swine flu. So you've got mild flu symptoms, GBS, and then swine flu.

Talk about adding insult to injury, right? Why not slap that poor person for the icing on that cake lol.

I'm thinking no vaccine even more now.

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Mon, 11-23-2009 - 6:04pm

I used to think I should keep my kids at home where its safe. Now I see that the immune system does need the work-out. I wouldn't miss the Sesame Street show, we went a couple of years ago and my daughter and her friend absolutely loved it! (Ages 2 & 3)

I'm trying to learn how to eat without white flour and sugar. Those are two items which will reek havoc on the immune system. I've made my kids get at least a half-hour of sunshine every day (that it's possible) and we have not gotten sick this fall (yet) other than colds - first time since my 5 yr old was born. We had the H1N1 last spring, that was our last family sickness.

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