H1N1 Exactly What is Going On?
I've never been concerned about affects of vaccines, until an online friend sent me a link to a 60 Minute segment from Nov. 4, 1979. There was Mike Wallace interviewing Judy Roberts, a woman paralyzed from Gullain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), as a side effect of the 1976 Swine Flu vaccine. Mike Wallace also interrogates the doctors involved in developing the vaccine. It was apparent the vaccine was not tested thoroughly.
The transcript and video shows President Ford, claiming the swine flu was responsible for the pandemic of 1918 and 1919 resulting in over half a million deaths in the United States and 20 million deaths around the world. You can view the video and transcripts here:
Wallace reports the flu first occurred at Fort Dix, New Jersey in January of 1976 when several recruits complained of respiratory ailments. An Army doctor sent their throat cultures to the New Jersey Public Health Lab. One sample was from Private David Lewis.
The New Jersey lab identified most of the solders' throat cultures as the normal kind of flu going around that year, but they could not determine what type of virus four soldiers and Lewis contacted. Lewis died when he left his sick bed and went on a forced march. He collapsed although his sergeant revived him by mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, Lewis died a few days later.
Private Lewis was the lone swine flu death in 1976 although 300 people died from complications of GBS and another 4,000 people became disabled with GBS, after receiving the inoculation.
I started doubting if Dillon, my grandson should get the vaccine. Dillon has asthma although he only has had two attacks in the last five years. One attack was right after he came here and the other in January of 2009 after running around the gym 5 times.
The health agencies, media, and government state that H1N1 will hit the younger population and those with underlying health conditions the hardest, after much thought I resigned to get Dillon the vaccine. However, none was available and they put his name on a list to get one when the vaccines become available.
On Halloween, Dillon and several of his friends went to an overnight Halloween party, and on Monday, November 2, he developed a cough. I told him, he was not going to school the next day. However, in the morning he was dressed and ready for school at 6 a.m. despite his cough and runny nose..
I reminded him, he had to stay home, took his temperature and it was 102.9. This concerned me, since his normal temperature is 96.2. I gave him Ibuprofen and called the doctor. I asked them about the possibilities of H1N1. They told me there were cases of H1N1 in area and I asked them to test Dillon.
The office at his school could not give me any information regarding students being ill with H1N1 and suggested I contact school nurse. The woman on the phone told me it is possible that Dillon has H1N1.
While driving to the doctor's, Dillon confessed, he hadn't felt good for awhile. He never complains unless he is sick. At the doctor’s office, the nurse said the state was no longer testing for H1N1, but now tests for “Type A Influenza”. She explained that if the test came back positive there is a 90 percent chance it is H1N1.
I asked her to explain the difference between the seasonal flu and H1N1 and she said that H1N1 affects the chest, ears and throat.
Although Dillon had heavy chest congestion, runny nose an infected ear and high fever, (but it was now down to 99 degrees), the doctor diagnosed an ear and chest infection. Dillon was never tested. Two other of four boys at the party were now ill; one had to go to hospital for dehydration
Dillon’s fever continued ranging from 99 to 103. During the night he was so hot his feet were red. On Friday, he returned to school. Ironically, the same day I received a letter from the school dated Nov. 1 (a Sunday) and sent with Dillon’s report card. Highlights of the letter are:
• NH is among the states that the CDC is reporting widespread influenza type illness.
• NH Department of Health and Human Services is tracking school absences throughout the state.
• The school system acknowledges high absentee rate due to flu like illness.
• It is clear that the flu is in our community.
• Most cases of the flu like symptoms are due to H1N1
• There are no plans to close the school, and urge parents not to keep healthy kids home or send sick children to school.
• They don't know if the seasonal flu will hit later this fall or winter.
• Children should stay home until they have no fever for 24 hours without using a fever reducer.
• Flu like symptoms is fever, cough, running nose, headache, body aches, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.
• They encourage students to get the H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccine.
On Friday, Dillon brought a permission slip for an H1N1 vaccination clinic for Nov. 18. It is quite extensive and asks:
• If child has allergy to eggs.
• If your child has any other serious condition
• If child has had any reaction to a previous dose of flu vaccine
• If you child ever had Gullain-Barre' Syndrome within six weeks of having a flu vaccine.
In an attached paper from the CDC the only items stated under severe reactions are:
Life threatening allergic reactions are very rare. If they do occur, it is usually within a few minutes to a few hours after receiving the shot.
In 1976 an earlier type of swine flu vaccine was associated with Gullain-Barre' Syndrome (GBS), since then flu vaccines have not been clearly linked to GBS.
• As a parent, I am frustrated with the manner all levels of government are handling H1N1. If the vaccine is so important why isn’t enough available?
• If H1N1 is so deadly, why aren’t we receiving timely information as a community? Why didn’t the schools close for a thorough cleaning?
• Why weren’t parents notified earlier?
• Why has testing stopped for H1N1?
• If the vaccine was truly vetted, why aren’t complications being reported for example the 14-year-old athlete in Virginia who came down with GBS within five days of receiving the shot?
• Why does it ask about GBS on the permission form, but then states there has been no clear connection to getting GBS and the H1N1 vaccine?
At this point, I see no reason to get the H1N1 vaccine for Dillon. The entire H1N1 appears to be mishandled and it frightens me that the future of our health care lays in the same hands that are handling this so call pandemic.