We are hearing about a number of people getting the following problems. A rash followed by sudden onset of weakness in the legs diagnosed as Guillan Barred or Transverse Myelitis. Some call it post infectious demyelination. The true cause OF THE DISEASES is autoimmune disease. We are hearing about people getting on plasmapheresis and steroids and not recovering. It takes longer to see a result from steroids.
Recently we have also heard from a women after getting a flu shot she then developed weakness. The condition was correctly diagnosed as Guillian Barre Syndrome but treatment was delayed . Soon after getting IVIg her condition improved.
If the person gets comatose after a viral infection, flu or vaccination then they have developed a autoimmune Demyelinating condition in the Brain. This may be called by many different names. A.D.E.M. (acute Demyelinating enceplomyelitis), Bickerstaff encephalitis. Mainly happens in children and young adults . Need to remember that there is treatment available. Otherwise the mortality rate is high.
Here are some articles :
|J Autoimmun. 2000 Feb;14(1):1-10.|| |
Vaccination and autoimmunity-'vaccinosis': a dangerous liaison?
Shoenfeld Y, Aron-Maor A.
Department of Internal Medicine B, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel. email@example.com
The question of a connection between vaccination and autoimmune illness (or phenomena) is surrounded by controversy. A heated debate is going on regarding the causality between vaccines, such as measles and anti-hepatitis B virus (HBV), and multiple sclerosis (MS). Brain antibodies as well as clinical symptoms have been found in patients vaccinated against those diseases. Other autoimmune illnesses have been associated with vaccinations. Tetanus toxoid, influenza vaccines, polio vaccine, and others, have been related to phenomena ranging from autoantibodies production to full-blown illness (such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA)). Conflicting data exists regarding also the connection between autism and vaccination with measles vaccine.So far only one controlled study of an experimental animal model has been published, in which the possible causal relation between vaccines and autoimmune findings has been examined: in healthy puppies immunized with a variety of commonly given vaccines, a variety of autoantibodies have been documented but no frank autoimmune illness was recorded. The findings could also represent a polyclonal activation (adjuvant reaction). The mechanism (or mechanisms) of autoimmune reactions following immunization has not yet been elucidated. One of the possibilities is molecular mimicry; when a structural similarity exists between some viral antigen (or other component of the vaccine) and a self-antigen. This similarity may be the trigger to the autoimmune reaction. Other possible mechanisms are discussed.Even though the data regarding the relation between vaccination and autoimmune disease is conflicting, it seems that some autoimmune phenomena are clearly related to immunization (e.g. Guillain-Barre syndrome).The issue of the risk of vaccination remains a philosophical one, since to date the advantages of this policy have not been refuted, while the risk for autoimmune disease has not been irrevocably proved. We discuss the pros and cons of this issue (although the temporal relationship (i.e. always 2-3 months following immunization) is impressive). Copyright 2000 Academic Press.
PMID: 10648110 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
|Vaccine. 2005 Jun 10;23(30):3876-86. Epub 2005 Apr 7.|
Consequence or coincidence? The occurrence, pathogenesis and significance of autoimmune manifestations after viral vaccines.
Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge, School of Clinical Medicine, Level 5, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 2QQ, UK.
BACKGROUND:: Viruses and virus-induced lymphokines may have an important role in the pathogenesis of autoimmunity (Schattner A. Clin Immunol Immunopathol; 1994). The occurrence and significance of autoimmune manifestations after the administration of viral vaccines remain controversial. METHODS:: Medline search of all relevant publications from 1966 through June 2004 with special emphasis on search of each individual autoimmune manifestation and vaccination, as well as specifically searching each viral vaccine for all potential autoimmune syndromes reported. All relevant publications were retrieved and critically analyzed. RESULTS:: The most frequently reported autoimmune manifestations for the various vaccinations, were: hepatitis A virus (HAV) - none; hepatitis B virus (HBV) - rheumatoid arthritis, reactive arthritis, vasculitis, encephalitis, neuropathy, thrombocytopenia; measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) - acute arthritis or arthralgia, chronic arthritis, thrombocytopenia; influenza - Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), vasculitis; polio - GBS; varicella - mainly neurological syndromes. Even these 'frequent' associations relate to a relatively small number of patients. Whenever controlled studies of autoimmunity following viral vaccines were undertaken, no evidence of an association was found. CONCLUSIONS:: Very few patients may develop some autoimmune diseases following viral vaccination (in particular - arthropathy, vasculitis, neurological dysfunction and thrombocytopenia). For the overwhelming majority of people, vaccines are safe and no evidence linking viral vaccines with type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis (MS) or inflammatory bowel disease can be found.
PMID: 15917108 [PubMed - in process]
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