25-year-old can barely walk or talk just two months after being vaccinated
Wednesday, Oct 14, 2009
A Virginia woman is adamant that a flu shot has caused her to contract a debilitating and irreversible neurological disease, while the CDC refuses to comment on her case.
25-year-old Desiree Jennings was a fit and healthy cheerleader up until two months ago when she got a seasonal flu shot.
Ten days after the shot she began experiencing flu like symptoms, followed by severe convulsions and black outs.
Now she can barely talk or walk and her life has all but been destroyed.
After seeing around 60 doctors, Jennings was eventually diagnosed with dystonia
, a paralyzing neurological disorder that causes the muscles to relentlessly contract and spasm.
Bizarrely, increased physical activity causes her heart rate to decline, meaning she can run for hours, however, her resting heart rate is 90 and walking a few steps is exhausting and almost impossible.
There is no cure for the disease and it gets worse over time.
The causes of the disease are not yet fully understood, however, it is thought that physical trauma, infection, heavy metals poisoning or adverse reaction to drugs are possible triggers.
Jennings is certain that the flu shot caused the disease and has pledged to do all she can to warn others.
“Nothing else explains such a fast moving neurological damage. The medical hospitals ruled out everything, CAT scans normal, blood normal, MRI normal. The only thing that explains it is the shot caused the neurological damage.” she told WUSA News.
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The Centers for Disease Control has said it cannot comment on the case but added that it has no evidence to suggest flu vaccines can be connected to dystonia.
However, neuropathy and paralysis resulting from disorder of the cranial nerves are routinely listed
as possible side effects resulting from flu shots.
In rare cases flu shots are known to cause the debilitating nerve disease Guillain-Barré Syndrome
, which killed more people than the actual flu virus the last time a pandemic was declared in 1976.
In addition, studies have shown
a direct relationship between the mercury based preservative thimerosal in flu shots and neurological disorders.
Cases of the neural development disorder autism amongst children have doubled since 2003
, in line with an increase in the amount of thimerosal-containing childhood vaccines.