(from the Canadian press)
MONCTON, N.B. — Two players with the Moncton Wildcats hockey team have tested positive for the H1N1 virus.
Team doctor Martin Robichaud has also confirmed that 15 additional players and team staff are suffering from similar symptoms.
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team has been advised that in the best interest of all concerned, the infected players and staff should be quarantined for about seven days.
The league has decided to cancel the Wildcats’ games on Thursday and Friday.
The Wildcats players were given vaccines for seasonal flu and H1N1 last week, but it takes eight to 10 days for the H1N1 vaccination to take full effect.
The league’s head physician, Dr. Sylvain Boutet, is recommending that all teams take preventive measures including vaccination for the swine flu.
Yesterday 30 people had been reporting to the authorities in Sweden that they experienced such severe side effects that they felt the need to contact a hospital. Today the number is 140. The swedish newspaper Expressen is the only one in Sweden reporting on these cases and as usual this is most likely only the tip of a rather large iceberg. UPDATE: According to Dagens Nyheter, the number of reported side effects are now a few hours later 190. 1 person dies after the injection but “no direct relation with the injection has been established”. The biggest medical scandal in the history of Sweden has just started.
Even so, Annika Linde, director of The Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control (SMI) manages to spin this into something positive by stating “The vaccine has more side effects than the normal flu vaccine. It is a sign that proves that it gives an effective protection.”
Thousands of Swedes have been vaccinated so far and the reports of side effects are “flooding in” to The Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control (SMI). Annika Linde: “It is obviously so that the vaccine against the swine flu results in more side effects than the normal flu vaccines. That is because the swine flu vaccine contains adjuvants, shark liver oil, which triggers the immune defense to respond. That also results in that the protection against the virus becomes better.”
Several severe cases of allergic reactions are reported to the unit for medicinal safety. “So far the reported side effects are not unexpected”, says Gunilla Sjölin Forsberg. This unit has now asked some of the many units that vaccinate to report side effects to better get a grip on the situation. This statement alone is shocking since according to normal practice, all side effects should automatically be reported – right?
A nurse who took the shot on wednesday last week is still feeling sick. She got high fever and shivers from the swine flu shot. “-I was shaking in my whole body. It was so sever that I could not even hold a glass of water in my hand.”, Lotta Lindström says.
“- I am now thinking about what it is I have been injected with. I really was affected. It feels really unpleasant.”
Go here to read the other nurse’s stories
Hungary: New treatment in flu vaccine controversy / A 64-year-old woman died last week just two days after receiving an inoculation against the new A(H1N1) influenza virus dubbed swine flu. The state medical service ÁNTSZ ordered an autopsy …
Link: WOMAN IN HUNGARY DIES AFTER SWINE FLU JAB, REPORTS BUDAPEST TIMES
Viral encephalitis is suspected to have killed an 8-year-old Kings Park boy this month, state health authorities said Thursday, though they cautioned that a definitive cause of death may never be known.
The tentative diagnosis is the result of a New York State Health Department probe launched after the Oct. 11 death of Sean Weisse in the pediatric intensive care unit of Stony Brook University More..Medical Center.
Investigators believed early on the boy died of encephalitis – a severe inflammation of brain tissue – but the condition’s source was unknown, a source with knowledge of the probe said.
Tests run by Stony Brook staff led investigators to believe that the condition stemmed from “suspected viral encephalitis,” not a bacterial infection, said Claudia Hutton, a spokeswoman for the state health department.
Sean’s death had set off rampant speculation on Internet message boards that he died from a reaction to a seasonal flu shot he received five days before he was hospitalized.
While vaccines, in very rare instances, have caused encephalitis, health officials said tests on Sean’s blood and spinal fluid led them to preliminarily conclude the virus came from a source other than the vaccine.
The family declined an autopsy and buried Sean Oct. 15. What caused the virus “will remain unknown,” Hutton said.
A family member who asked not to be named said Sean’s parents, Steve and Kelly Weisse, were unaware the Department of Health had concluded its probe and learned the results when a reporter called. The family and parents declined further comment.
(Sweden now up to 5 deaths after recieving vaccination but their CDC says ‘no connection)
I have more but I will let you start with this. And yes, there have been 1000 deaths related to H1N1 or Swine, but is the vaccine the best answer to that problem.
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