Three months ago, Michael Stec could bench-press 275 pounds. Now the 56-year-old struggles to walk, gripping tightly to the parallel bars at Mercy Hospital, his legs buckling underneath him like broken stilts.
“Something is wrong with this flu shot,” he says from his hospital bed, his tracheotomy scar still visible.
Stec, who asked to go by his wife’s maiden name because he works for a government agency that hasn’t authorized him to speak, was diagnosed with a rare neurological disease called Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) November 11 — eight days after receiving the flu shot.
Stec’s diaphragm shut down an hour after he was rushed to Mercy. Doctors cut a hole in his throat and put him on a breathing machine. Then his nervous system went haywire. Several times Isabelle thought he would die.
Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and CVS Pharmacy do warn people of the risk of contracting GBS. But the warning is vaguely written in fine print: “If there is a risk of GBS from current flu vaccines, it would be no more than one or two cases per million people vaccinated.”
The CDC says the minute risk of GBS is worth it.
Stec questions that logic, however. “You can risk getting paralyzed, or you can risk a couple of weeks with the sniffles,” he says. “How can you put this in comparison?”
He believes there are more victims like him than the CDC and Big Pharma admit. “They say the chances are one in a million,” Stec says. “I think there are more and they are hiding the statistics.”
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Watch this video from NBC Miami where they interview Michael and his wife. While the doctor minimizes the risk of GBS saying it has never happened with this vaccine and that studies show the risk to be only one in a million, note how Michael found out that GBS was even associated with the flu vaccine: the people in the emergency room at the hospital told him! If someone comes into an ER with these symptoms and they ask you if you had the flu shot recently, do you honestly believe it has never happened before and that the risk is only one out of a million??
View more videos at: http://nbcmiami.com.
Comments on this story posted on Facebook:
Robin Kelman “When I started nursing worked a Neuro floor in a 600 bed hospital and every Fall/Winter we would have several GBS patients in. Several of them initials onset was post Flu vaccinations. One lady had suffered multiple occurrences of various levels of paralysis since 1980. More than enough reason for me to never take a Flu vac!”
Kimberly McMahon My 8 year old daughter got GBS after a flu shot. Never again will I subject my family to the flu shot! Not after seeing my daughter completely paralyzed!
Indiana Coalition for Vaccination Choice Facebook page moderator noticed that the flu vaccine in this story was given at a CVS Pharmacy, so she did a little research:
This is the package insert for the flu vacine being used by two local CVS pharmacies in my area. Take a look at pages 7 and 8. Under the charts demonstrating the most common adverse reactions, you will note that those receiving the drug were compared to a “placebo” group receiving a dose of something containing mercury. Does this sound like good science to you?
By using a “placebo” containing a potent neurotoxin, it appears the systemic reactions to the actual vaccine were pretty much equal to the systemic reactions to the harmless “placebo”. Now that you know the “placebo” contained a potent neurotoxin, how confident are you in these drug trials?
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