Can a Flu Shot Kill You?
A 19-year-old recently died after falling ill post-flu shot. Is the vaccination to blame for his death?
The recurring question has once again struck headlines. One week after falling ill, a 19-year-old boy from Utah died just after his brain swelled to the point that it had crushed his brain stem.
The reason for this sudden ailment? He had just received the flu shot. After being taken off of life support one month after he slipped into a coma, Chandler Webb's mother says the only thing that could've caused this was the vaccination.
Lori Webb, mother to the late Chandler, says that he was rushed to the hospital just one week after he had received the flu shot. A once very healthy boy fell ill so suddenly without much reason nor explanation other than this part of his routine physical. He had been prepping to go on a mission trip for his church.
When did he fall ill?
Chandler Webb fell ill with severe flu-like symptoms including horrendous headaches, nausea, and vomiting, which sometimes are likely to accompany the flu shot as they are side effects to the vaccination.
"Like with other medical procedures, there can be side effects and adverse reactions," said Utah Department of Health spokesman Tom Hudachko. He then went on to say, "In the vast majority of those cases, the side effects are not very severe-- soreness at the injection site, low fever, achiness. Occasionally, yes, there are more severe side effects from receiving the vaccine."
While the number is generally low, only around 140 out of 130 million Americans who receive flu shots experience the serious side effects.
The doctors didn't help
It took a team of six neurologists to try to figure out what had occurred with the teen's sudden illness, but nothing could be solved nor resolved. As his brain continued to swell, it reached the point of crushing his brain stem. The doctors were left with no choice but to provide the patient's mother with a grim diagnosis.
Flu shots and the workplace
Despite contradictory beliefs of how effective or reversely so, the flu shot may be, it is still a requirement at many workplace environments. So, the question holds: Are the flu shots worth receiving, or are they more risky than we're being told? Would you go so far as to refuse to get the vaccination due to instances like this boy's sudden death, or do you think the chance of falling ill is not enough to take a stance?