"STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Emelie is plagued by hallucinations and nightmares. When she wakes up, she's often paralyzed, unable to breathe properly or call for help. During the day she can barely stay awake, and often misses school or having fun with friends. She is only 14, but at times she has wondered if her life is worth living.
Emelie is one of around 800 children in Sweden and elsewhere in Europe who developed narcolepsy, an incurable sleep disorder, after being immunized with the Pandemrix H1N1 swine flu vaccine made by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline in 2009."
And we are just supposed to get vaccinated anytime the .GOV says we should. And I had people thinking I was nuts when I insisted my kids DID NOT get the standard MMR shot, but the separate shots for each. Even if it DID cost me $65.00 instead of the shot being fully covered under the insurance. Also I refuse to get another Flu shot for as long as I live. The last time I got one, with my weird allergies I almost immediately had a reaction. And at least 3 of my kids have similar allergies to mine, although in my oldest daughter's case her reaction is much worse than mine.
So before you rush out to get the latest inoculation for anything, sit down and have a full proper discussion with your Physician. You might need to get a referral to an allergy specialist to ensure that any immunization you might get will not cause complications or an allergic reaction.
Note: I am NOT saying never get any inoculations or immunizations, I AM saying be sure you discuss with your Doctor your concerns and that he helps you by giving you enough information so you can make a fully informed decision as it relates to your or your family's health care.
Also note if you are in the Armed Forces or an Dependent of an Armed Forces Member you may not have a choice in the matter. I know I didn't in 1985 when I was in Basic and I was given a TB Vaccine that made me and about half of the guys in my intake platoon break out in hives.
So schedule an appointment with your Physician, and explain your misgivings if any, and ask him/her if you should get the shot or if you should be tested first.