How Dangerous is the Swine Flu Vaccine?
A 14 year old boy develops Guillain-Barre syndrome after receiving the swine flu shot MSNBC reported. Jordan McFarland, 14, of Alexandria, Va experienced severe headaches, muscle spasms and leg weakness soon after getting the swine flu vaccine. His parents reported his condition to MSNBC. Increased cases of GBS were found in patients who received a 1976 swine flu vaccine, but the CDC and US government is denying any connection to the vaccine. This is not the first case of a person getting Guillain-Barre from the vaccine, but when the CDC, the main tracking agency, categorically denies a link then these cases are often not reported or cataloged. Even if the chance of getting a serious, potentially fatal, neurologic condition like Guillain-Barre is slim, is it really worth the risk for supposed immunity to a mild flu.
Here are the numbers as last reported by the CDC:
-22,000,000 cases of the H1N1 flu (completely made up number because they stopped testing for H1N1 in August)
-3,900 deaths from it.
-This shakes out to the reality that if you happen to catch the swine flu you have a 1 in 5,641 chance of dying. This means that you have a 0.017% chance of dying. Also consider that most of the deaths were in individuals with significant health problems that usually resulted in decreased immune systems. So if you are reasonably healthy then your chances of dying are much less than 0.017%
A little publicized fact; the above stats are very similar to most every flu season in the past several years, meaning that the swine flu pandemic of 2009 is no more deadly or dangerous than the normal flu season of 2008 or 2007 or 2006.