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Article: Doctors ‘flabbergasted’ that half of parents think flu shot causes the flu: ‘It’s impossible’

We are bombarded with information on a regular bases about vaccinations but when it comes to flu vaccination, it’s seems to be even more muddle.  Let’s see what William Schaffner, MD, an infectious disease specialist and professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine as to say:

For years, doctors have stressed the importance of vaccinating adults and children against the flu. But a new survey from Orlando Health found that more than half of parents with children under the age of 18 believe that their child can get the flu from the flu vaccine.

“I’m flabbergasted,” William Schaffner, MD, an infectious disease specialist and professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “I and many others have been saying for over 20 years that you can’t get the flu from the flu vaccine. I don’t know how to say it any louder. You cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine. That’s a myth.”

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Dr. Rumey on Neurological Signs in a Viral Illness.

We have been fortunate to speak to some physicians that have treated ANE patients. Here is Dr Peter Rumey MD from Holland Bloorview Rehabilitation Hospital and his words regarding neurological symptoms and ANE.

On treating a recurrence in a patient with a previous ANE episode.

I am not sure I could be specific about warning signs for ANE specifically for MD’s in the ER , but I would say that in the case of families who take their child in for assessment when they are concerned about a deterioration in their child, if there has been a history of this and ANE in the past, highlight this and draw the parallels to the physician’s attention.

On treating a previously well child that has unusual symptoms accompanying a viral infection.

If there is a sign of neurologic deterioration in your child with an acute illness, such as double vision, weakness in one arm or leg, a new limp, an inability to stand, walk, speak  or new drooling ( not related to teething) and the MD says it is just the flu.  Ask them to explain how this is the flu; when the flu in the past has not lead to a localized weakness or imbalance of neurological function.  Try to get them to take a second look and think outside of the box.  I hope that this is helpful.

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What we learn

This was probably the hardest lessons learned for my husband and I. Our smart, sharp and driven little girl changed after her encounters with Acute Necrotizing Encephalopathy.  We were repeatedly told that they didn’t if she would (insert action: walk, talk, speak, eat, sit, live) ever again.   It’s a most liberating thing to enjoy your child as they are in that precise moment but it’s the most debilitating thing to not be able to help them in planning their future.

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Article:Fifth of UK adults fear catching flu from jab, study finds

Not wanting to get the jab, read this article to find some of the common myths and why getting the flu jab will help protect you and your loved ones.

A new study claims some of the most common myths about being ill include “starve a fever” and “the flu jab gives you flu”.

A poll of 2,000 adults found one-fifth of the population fear catching flu because they have had the flu jab.

This belief could be the reason why only 37 per cent of Britons are planning to be vaccinated against the virus this year.

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