at 26 years old, desiree jennings was the picture of health. she's a washington redskins cheerleader and an avid runner. her life changed forever on august 23 when she says she got a seasonal flu shot at a local grocery store.
"i was training for a half marathon then," said jennings, crying. "it just all went so fast."
ten days after receiving the shot, she came down with the flu. after that, her health spiraled downwards. she started passing out and had to be hospitalized twice.
"we went to an urgent care place and they wouldn't even let her get out of my truck because she was seizing in the back so bad, so they called an ambulance immediately," says her husband, brendan jennings.
doctors at fairfax inova and johns hopkins diagnosed her with a rare neurological disorder called dystonia. they think it was caused by a severe reaction to the flu shot.
great must see video
our six year old daughter was diagnosed with a mild form of dystonia but it took almost 2 years and 2 pediatric neurologists to get the correct diagnosis. her symptoms began shortly after receiving her 6 month vaccinations but at that age it was so difficult to figure out what was going on with her. she was initially misdiagnosed with seizures and when we questioned the link to her vaccinations our concerns were brushed aside. finally, a pediatric neurologist that had recently come from johns hopkins kennedy krieger institute to our area was able to make the diagnosis of dystonia.
vaccinations are very safe for most people and we've had both of our children fully immunized but people also need to remember that there are some serious side effects as well. personally, that is one of the reasons why i and my family will not be getting the swine flu vaccination. we've all been taking vitamin d supplements-read the literature on all the new studies coming out about vitamin d and immune support and how doctors are using it and vitc to actually treat their patients that come down with the swine flu.
Oct 17, '09
by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN Moderator
per news segment shown, ten days after getting the flu shot she reports having the flu , her health spirialed downward and subsequently developed dystonia.
one case reported
involves a woman who developed dystonia 10 days after a regular flu shot
. however, dr. leigh vinocur from the university of maryland medical system stated on the october 16, 2009, airing of "the o'reilly factor" on fox news that this case was psychogenic and neurologists were using it as an example of psychogenic dystonia.
the most common flu complications include viral or bacterial pneumonia, muscle inflammation (myositis), infections of the central nervous system and pericarditis (the sac around the heart). 36,000 + people die of the flu each year. numerous news links posted @ allnurses showing that more young children and pregnant women are dying from flu this year in us; those having severe complications had no prior major illnesses.
possibly the flu shot saved her life, but the flu itself altered it.
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Oct 17, '09