Swine flu vaccine is a “thousandfold” safer than the infection, say expertsBMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b3802 (Published 16 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3802
- Oliver Ellis
Experts this week played down the risk of adverse effects from the forthcoming swine flu vaccine, saying that even in the worse case scenario people would be a “thousandfold better off” having the jab than the disease.
Concerns have previously been raised that the vaccine may carry a risk of causing Guillain-Barré syndrome, an autoimmune condition that attacks the peripheral nervous system, in rare cases causing permanent paralysis or death. The fears largely stem from the 1976-7 flu season in the United States, when a vaccine was withdrawn after a spike in cases of the neurological disease, but doubt …