Cold and flu season will soon be upon us, and many are wondering if now is the time to get a flu shot. Most health care workers insist that there is only a tiny risk involved in getting inoculated, but the seemingly small number of adverse reactions to the shot can be devastating to some.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control does not have an accurate estimate of flu related deaths in the U.S. each year, and estimates run between 3,000 and 60,000, suggesting that flu shots are tremendously important. But not everyone agrees with that recommendation.
Flu shots not worth the risk to some
It would seem that there are enough negative reactions to flu shots that extreme caution is in order.
Brianna Browning, 9, has been in the hospital since October 17th. Her parents say one day she was healthy and the next, she was paralyzed and losing her vision.
“It’s horrible. It kills us,” said Johnny Alexander, the girl’s stepfather.
The 4th grader who loves to run, jump and play in the sand got a flu shot at her school on Bolivar Peninsula October 15th. Then her health went downhill.
“Eight hours later she was profusely vomiting and again Friday morning. Saturday, she was paralyzed from the waist down, blind and seemed like she had a seizure,” Brenda Faulk, Brianna’s mother told Eyewitness News.
Brianna is currently at Texas Children’s Hospital in the Medical Center. Her parents say doctors don’t yet know what happened or why but the parents are convinced it has something to do with the flu shot.