As part of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, the United States government created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). The VICP is a no-fault alternative to the traditional tort system for processing vaccine injury compensation requests. Continue Reading
Amy Purdy, a paralympic snowboarding champion and Dancing with the Stars season 18 runner-up, recently spoke with NPR about her new book On My Own Two Feet: From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life and about her role in preventing meningitis.
College students living in dorms are the most at risk for developing bacterial meningitis, according to NPR. Because Purdy did not attend college, she was under the misconception that she was not at risk for contracting the disease. Purdy was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis at age 19. It took months to recover from the infection that cost the teen her legs, spleen and kidney function.
Researchers at a Canadian hospital are suggesting that the flu vaccine is worth getting, despite the potential risk of developing Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS).
Guillain-Barre Syndrome is a rare condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the nervous system. GBS can start out as a tingling sensation or muscle weakness and can lead to paralysis. There is no cure for Guillain-Barre, but the side effects can be lessened with treatment.
With increasing vaccine injury fears and the growing anti-vaccination movement, it is easy to forget the good that vaccines have done in eradicating disease from society. A new collection of artwork commissioned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is designed to remind people of the important role vaccines continue to play.
The Art of Saving a Life showcases the talents of 30 renowned artists including actress Mia Farrow and photographer Annie Leibovitz as well as international painters, sculptors, photographers, writers and musicians whose inspiration pieces demonstrate the positive effect vaccines have had on human history.
Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) is a paralyzing autoimmune disorder that develops when the immune system attacks the nerves. GBS symptoms can start out mild but can lead to paralysis, or in extreme cases, death.
Guillain-Barre symptoms include:
- Weakness or tingling sensations
- Difficulty walking
- Severe pain in lower back
- Difficulty with eye or facial movement
- Difficulty breathing, speaking or swallowing
- Difficulty with bladder control or intestinal function
- Increased heart rate
The exact cause of GBS is unknown, but the condition is often preceded by an infection or stomach flu, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Parents are often following school policy when they bring their child to the doctor to receive the Tdap vaccine, but they may be unaware of the potential side effects that can occur if their child suffers certain rare Tdap vaccine reaction.
Tdap protects children against three very serious conditions –tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Most people will benefit from the Tdap vaccine, but there are very rare but serious side effects that can occur as a result of the Tdap vaccine.
Among the most dangerous vaccine reactions are three very serious and debilitating conditions-Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), brachial neuritis and anaphylaxis.