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Vaccine Takes Down the ‘Hulk’!

Incredible as it sounds, in the end it only took one poke to take down the Incredible Hulk, aka actor Lou Ferrigno. The bodybuilder, whose claim to fame was playing the superhero Hulk 40 years ago, was hospitalized recently when he suffered a severe adverse reaction to a vaccine. The poke was administered incorrectly, Canoe.com said, causing his arm to swell up and hurt so much that he ended up in the hospital.

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Injection site shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration (SIRVA) have become so common that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has added SIRVA to the Vaccine Injury Table for the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP). The injury occurs when, rather than being injected into the muscle, the vaccine is injected into the bursa or joint space — and since vaccines are designed to provoke an immune response, the immune system ends up attacking the bursa sac.

People suffering these injuries can experience chronic pain, limited range of motion, nerve damage, frozen shoulder and rotator cuff tears. Typically, they are the result of the injection being administered too high on the arm. While Ferrigno’s vaccine was administered at a pharmacy, SIRVA injuries can occur in any setting.

Ferrigno’s injuries were not attributed to the vaccine itself, but the fact still remains that vaccine injuries can, and do, occur. For example, flu vaccine injuries are the most compensated under the NVICP — about one-third of the total awards.

What’s worse, while fear is used to promote the use of influenza vaccine, and even though the flu vaccine season is in full swing right now, no one is talking about the fact that the vaccine can cause injury and death. The most common serious adverse events from a flu vaccine are brain inflammation, demyelination, Guillain-Barre syndrome and Bell’s palsy.

Aside from the actual vaccine proteins in the vaccine, which are supposed to stimulate an antibody response, the influenza vaccine also contains hazardous ingredients like the mercury preservative, thimerosal.

Thimerosal is not in single-dose vials of the injectable inactivated flu vaccine, but is still in multi-dose vials (the live nasal spray flu vaccine does not contain thimerosal). If you don't want a mercury-containing flu vaccine, you need to look at the list of ingredients, which you can find on the manufacturer product information package insert.

Overall, when it comes to vaccines, there's a risk-benefit analysis that needs to be made, but rarely is it taken into account. Clearly, children die from complications of diseases such as whooping cough and measles each year, mostly in developing countries where many families live with poverty, poor sanitation, poor nutrition and little access to health care.

However, vaccines also have serious side effects and, unless you hear about a famous person like Ferrigno being injured, it’s unknown how many people are having vaccine reactions that are ignored.

Even though I wouldn't personally vaccinate myself or my family, my position is that you need to evaluate the circumstances for yourself and really focus on safety and, then, based on your individual situation, choose the best option.

This is because, ultimately, you are responsible for the health of yourself and your family, especially your children. But, it has to be an informed, responsible decision. You can't just blindly trust a vaccine industry that is motivated by profit and protected from liability to provide you with the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

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