Swine Flu Vaccine Linked to Paralysis, Leaked Memo Reveals…Posted: August 18, 2009
A warning letter about the swine flu vaccine was leaked to the DailyMail over the weekend. Written by Professor Elizabeth Miller, head of the Health Protection Agency’s Immunization Department, it warns neurologists that the influenza vaccine of 1976 was linked to a devastating neurological condition called Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). “The vaccines used to combat an expected swine influenza pandemic in 1976 were shown to be associated with GBS and were withdrawn from use,” says the July 29 letter.
GBS can cause paralysis and death. One woman mentioned in the DailyMail story — Hilary Wilkinson — was stricken with GBS and had to be fed through a drip while needing a tracheotomy just to breathe. It took her three months in the hospital to learn how to walk and talk again. On the topic of the swine flu vaccine, she says today, “It makes me feel wary that the Government is rolling out this vaccine without any clear idea of the GBS risk, if any. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone… I’m frightened to have the swine flu vaccine if this might happen again — it’s a frightening illness and I think more research needs to be done on the effect of the vaccine.”
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