HEALTH ALERT: Teen Has H1N1 Vaccine Reaction, Diagnosed with Guillian Barre Syndrome

14 year old diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome

(MY FOX DC)   A northern Virginia family says their lives have been turned upside down. Just 24 hours after getting his flu shots, their 14-year-old son was too weak to walk.

Jordan McFarland is an avid young athlete who is walking now with the aid of a walker. His father Calvin says doctors made a preliminary diagnosis of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), a disease characterized by muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. 

The Alexandria, Virginia teen had both a seasonal flu vaccine and an H1N1 shot a week ago, but his dad believes the illness is linked to the H1N1 flu shot. He says Jordan had regular flu shots four times before without a problem. 

The experts may have to sort it all out. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) tells FOX 5 it is investigating five cases of reported Guillain-Barre Syndrome after patients had a swine flu shot. One of those cases is a 14 year old in Virginia. 

The CDC says its studies show that developing GBS after getting a seasonal flu shot is rare, roughly one in a million. 

The Alexandria teen says he’s looking past basketball this season to baseball in the spring. He’s been told to expect up to eight weeks of therapy to walk normally again. He is hoping for a full recovery.

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