Letters to the Editor

Flu shot is not harmless; can have terrible impacts


Tuesday's Herald Health section article about the flu vaccine makes it seem that every one should get it because it works and is harmless.

My flu vaccination last fall gave me Guillain-Barre Syndrome. I spent over six weeks in Blake Hospital -- paralyzed.

Actually, I was lucky; 8 percent of the people who get GBS die and 20 percent never walk again.

After one year, I have graduated from a wheelchair to a walker to a cane. My neurologist says that I have one more year of recovery.

Check with the Centers for Disease Control More people get GBS each year than die of the flu.

The irony of it all is that my wife and I both got the flu.

The flu vaccine is not harmless. It is never tested. It can take your life away.

I am on Medicare. My carrier has paid $335,000 so far.

Can the average person lose two years of their life, miss work and bear the expense for a flu shot? You are given a sheet of paper to read before you get the flu shot. Read it! It tells you about the dangers.

They can happen. They got me.

Steve Beckham