Dear Fellow Canadians,
Since the GSK H1N1 vaccine was rolled out in late October 2009, many people are reporting adverse side-effects from the shot. These reports are not being publicized, largely because there doesn’t seem to be anyone collecting them.
Therefore, we decided to collect some data of our own, and created this page to find out what sort of damages are really being done by the flu shot. You are invited to participate, and help others decide for themselves whether or not to accept a flu shot.
If you have experienced any adverse reactions or “side effects” with the vaccine, please share your personal stories with us and other Canadians, IF they are “first hand” (personal), or “second hand” (provided that you are close to the person affected, were a witness, and can vouch for the authenticity).
Anything that is “third hand” (rumors) should NOT be included, UNLESS it is something you are actively checking into, to verify it.
If you find media reports, you may post excerpts with the pertinent details, so long as you also include a link to the report (assuming it is posted on line). If it is from a source without a web presence, such as a local paper, be sure to include full details (Title, date, city, etc).
HOW TO REPORT:
Simply use the reply field below. You do NOT need to include your full name (or real name) if you choose not to, BUT you must include a real e-mail address in case we need to get back to you for any more details.
WHAT TO REPORT:
Please be sure to to include as much detail as possible, such as where (city or at least your home province) and when the vaccination was administered, and whether it was the regular GSK Arepanrix H1N1 vaccination (adjuvanted), or the version they are offering to pregnant women (non-adjuvanted “Panrix”), and what you experienced.
Please supply your gender, approximate age, and general health condition prior to vaccination, as well as a description of symptoms you experienced, and for how long. A list of side effects you might expect, from the package insert of Arepanrix (adjuvanted) vaccine, is below, to help you assess whether or not your symptoms are likely associated with your vaccination.
Your report will not appear immediately as comments are moderated. We check several times per day for new comments. Please be patient.
If we receive sufficient responses, we will publish articles on this occasionally based upon the reports and data we receive.
Thanks in advance for your help with this project!
SYMPTOMS WHICH MAY OCCUR INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
(According to package insert, “Arepanrix”)
As with all medicines, AREPANRIX™ H1N1 can cause side effects. The very common and common side effects are usually mild and should only last a day or two.
Very common (may occur with more than 1 in 10 doses):
• Pain at the injection site
• Redness or swelling at the injection site
• Aching muscles, joint pain
Common (may occur with up to 1 in 10 doses):
• Reactions at the injection site such as bruising, itching and warmth
• Swollen lympth nodes
• Feeling sick, diarrhea
Uncommon (may occur with up to 1 in 100 doses):
• Generally feeling unwell
• Unusual weakness
• Vomiting, stomach pain, uncomfortable feeling in the stomach or belching after eating
• Inability to sleep
• Tingling or numbness of the hands or feet
• Shortness of breath
• Pain in the chest
• Itching, rash
• Pain in the back or neck, stiffness in the muscles, muscle spasms, pain in extremity such as leg or hand
Rare (may occur with up to 1 in 1000 doses):
• Allergic reactions leading to a dangerous decrease of blood pressure, which, if untreated, may lead to shock. Doctors are aware of this possibility and have emergency treatment available for use in such cases
• Severe stabbing or throbbing pain along one or more nerves
• Low blood platelet count which can result in bleeding or bruising
Very Rare (may occur with up to 1 in 10,000 doses):
• Vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels which can cause skin rashes, joint pain and kidney problems)
• Neurological disorders such as encephalomyelitis (inflammation of the central nervous system), neuritis (inflammation of nerves) and a type of paralysis known as Guillain-Barré Syndrome. If any of these side effects occur, please tell your doctor or nurse immediately. If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please
tell your doctor.
Serious Warnings and Precautions
Advise your doctor or nurse immediately if you
experience these reactions shortly after receiving
• body rash
• tightness in the throat
• shortness of breath