The family of a Las Vegas man claims he became partially paralyzed, lost his vision and the ability to walk just a day after receiving the flu shot.
Shane Morgan has been in the hospital for the last two weeks and at one point he was even put on a ventilator and in the ICU, according to @news3lv. His family is blaming the flu shot.
Morgan went from perfectly healthy to being unable to speak, walk, or breathe on his own. “About 36 hours after he got the flu shot he started to get sick,” said his wife Monique Morgan.
Morgan and his wife were planning for the holidays and because they had family with young infants coming to town, they decided to get the flu shot.
After receiving the shot, Morgan started complaining that he couldn’t feel his legs or arms so his wife rushed him to Centennial Hills Hospital, where he spent four days on a ventilator in the ICU.
Doctors started treating him for Guillain-Barre Syndrome, also known as GBS. It’s described as a rare disorder where a person’s immune system damages their nerve cells, in some cases turning deadly.
The Morgans say they’re sure the flu shot is what triggered it.
“I never dreamed that any of this could ever happen,” Morgan said.
The CDC says there is a link between the flu shot and GBS but it’s extremely rare and statistics show 1 to 2 people develop GBS from the flu shot per 1 million vaccinations.
But health officials say the risk of developing GBS is actually higher if you catch the flu.
“The benefit from the flu vaccine greatly overcomes any specific rare condition like this one that might happen,” said Fermin Leguen, Chief Medical Officer with the Southern Nevada Health District.
The Morgans say no one in their family will get the flu shot ever again.
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