VACCINE LINK TO MS 'CANNOT BE RULED OUT’
article in Pulse, 20/10/03, reported on a US Government-funded inquiry which
stated 'a causal link between influenza vaccine and the onset of multiple
sclerosis and Guillain-Barre Syndrome'cannot be ruled out. Professor Marie
McCormick, University of Havard, said the possibility that flu vaccines could
cause neurological complications 'must be given serious consideration.' Even
though she stressed that the benefits of mass flu immunisation outweighed any
to the article, Dr Tom Jefferson, co-ordinator of the Cochrane Vaccine Field in
Rome and a former UK GP, said: "This will scare patients unnecessarily. The
trouble with the Institute of Medicine reports is that they are descriptive
reviews of the evidence - in other words yesterday's methods.'
immunisation spokesman Dr George Kassianos, a GP in Bracknell, Berkshire,
refuted any link between MS and influenza vaccine and said the risk of acquiring
GBS from the flu jab was 'one in a million.'
How many times has the 'one in a million' figure been used, is it based on any
reliable figures?? The Institute of Medicine blamed a 'dearth of evidence’ for
its failure to reach a firm conclusion, which basically means that there is a
lack of information and evidence due to a lack of research in the first place.
This was admitted in the IOM's publications on possible conditions being caused
by various vaccines during the 1990s.