Concerns over flu shots risks continue to mount - 29 Oct 2009  
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Ten days after receiving the seasonal flu shot, Desiree Jennings noticed flu-like symptoms, then loss of consciousness and violent convulsions. Mrs. Jennings was later diagnosed with the rare, incurable neurological disorder called dystonia, which can be brought on by circumstances that include a reaction to medication. Still afflicted with seizures along with extremely restricted movements and speech, Mrs. Jennings states that her doctors are convinced her condition is linked to the flu shot.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has affirmed the vaccine’s potential for rare but serious side effects. As swine flu inoculation programs have begun in many countries, the public has shown fear of side effects caused by the vaccine, which is cultured primarily in eggs, for which some 12 million chickens are inhumanely bred and raised in the United States alone.

According to US polls, less than 50 percent of respondents said they planned to receive the swine flu vaccine, with nearly one-third expressing concern about the flu shot’s risks. A survey in China found that 54 percent of the people are not interested in getting the flu shot due to similar concerns about its safety. And 52 percent of Canadian respondents have similarly indicated that they do not plan to get a swine flu vaccine.  Swine flu continues its steady claiming of human lives, with the official global toll now rising to 5938. Some of the newest fatalities have been recorded in Israel, Syria, China, Hong Kong, India, Kuwait, Mongolia, Âu Lạc (Vietnam) and South Korea.

In addition, Finland and Lebanon each confirmed a first swine flu death, and Russia announced her first four confirmed deaths. Following the recent first swine flu fatality in Turkey, the health ministry called for Turks to avoid kissing or handshakes for the next five months, while Iraq’s education and health ministries closed 2,500 schools amidst widespread public panic. Since April, millions have probably been affected by the pandemic, although actual tallies have been impossible to maintain.

We send our prayers to Mrs. Jennings and her family, and for the countless victims of the swine flu and grieving families. May we quickly find the safest refuge in the vegan way of living, which not only is immune-boosting, but could prevent the formation of the next influenza viruses.