By Christina England | October 19th, 2010
On Sunday 17th October 2010 one of the UK’s leading Sunday newspapers, the Mail on Sunday, reported that a recently released report suggests that the UK government’s position has changed regarding the H1N1 vaccine and related cases of Guillian-Barre Syndrome (GBS). This came to the attention of the Mail on Sunday after the Medicines and Health Care products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) released it’s latest report.
The article, Experts admit the swine flu jab ‘may cause’ deadly nerve disease, (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health…) by Jo MacFarlane states that the MHRA report says the following:
“Given the uncertainties in the available information and as with seasonal flu vaccines, a slightly elevated risk of GBS following H1N1 vaccines cannot be ruled out. Epidemiological are ongoing to further assess this possible association.”
This is a complete turn around by the British Government as previously they have emphasized that there was no link between the H1N1 vaccine and cases of GBS.
Jo MacFarlane Mail on Sunday says:
“Government experts say there is no evidence of an increase in risk similar to 1976, but the MHRA report reveals they are calculating if there might be a smaller raised risk.”
The MHRA had 15 suspected GBS cases after vaccination – and six million doses of the swine flu jab Pandemrix were given. It is not known if swine flu or the vaccine could have caused the suspected cases.”
Last year after the Mail on Sunday revealed that doctors were being asked to monitor cases of GBS in swine flu pandemic. A letter released from the Health Protection Agency’s Justin McCracken shortly afterward stated that there was no evidence to suggest that there was an increased risk of GBS from the vaccines being developed to fight the then current pandemic.
So what has changed?
In 1976 GBS was clearly linked to the swine flu vaccine. In fact the CDC (http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu…) clearly state on their website:
‘GBS may have several causes .While it is not fully known what causes GBS, it is known that about two-thirds of people who get GBS do so several days or weeks after they have been sick with diarrhea or a lung or sinus illness. An infection with the bacteria Campylobacter jejuni, which can cause diarrhea, is one of the most common illnesses linked to GBS. Although rare, people can also get GBS after having the flu or other infections such as Epstein Barr virus. Except for the swine flu vaccine used in 1976, no other flu vaccines have been clearly linked to GBS.