On October 20th, 30 people had been reporting to the authorities in Sweden that they experienced such severe side effects from the swine flu vaccine that they felt the need to contact a hospital. A day later the number was 140. The Swedish newspaper Expressen is the only one in Sweden reporting on these cases and as usual this is most likely only the tip of a rather large iceberg. According to Dagens Nyheter (Sweden’s largest conservative newspaper) the number of reported side effects is over 190. One person died after the injection but “no direct relation with the injection has been established”. The biggest medical scandal in the history of Sweden has just started.
Even so, Annika Linde, director of The Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control (SMI) manages to spin this into something positive by stating “The vaccine has more side effects than the normal flu vaccine. It is a sign that proves that it gives an effective protection.”
Thousands of Swedes have been vaccinated so far and the reports of side effects are “flooding in” to The Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control (SMI). Annika Linde says “It is obviously so that the vaccine against the swine flu results in more side effects than the normal flu vaccines. That is because the swine flu vaccine contains adjuvants, shark liver oil, which triggers the immune defense to respond. That also results in that the protection against the virus becomes better.”
Several severe cases of allergic reactions are reported to the unit for medicinal safety. “So far the reported side effects are not unexpected”, says Gunilla Sjölin Forsberg. This unit has now asked some of the many units that vaccinate to report side effects to better get a grip on the situation. This statement alone is shocking since according to normal practice, all side effects should automatically be reported – right?
A nurse who took the shot on Wednesday last week is still feeling sick. She got high fever and shivers from the swine flu shot. “I was shaking in my whole body. It was so severe that I could not even hold a glass of water in my hand” Lotta Lindström says. “I am now thinking about what it is I have been injected with? I really was affected. It feels really unpleasant.”
Maria Strindlund (age 27) is not so sure she made the right choice to take the shot. She also got a severe fever and shivering reaction. “Since I work as a nurse, I decided it was the best thing to do” she says. At first she felt nothing from the vaccination, but a few hours later the side effects kicked in. “I got a extreme pain in my arm. I could no longer lift it. Then came the fever and the shivering. I was lying in bed shivering and was feeling very cold and stood in a hot shower to get warm.” She says many colleagues who also took the vaccine have had similar reactions. She has been taking many vaccines in the past without any reactions whatsoever.
Rebecka Andersson (age 32) was the first person to get the shot in Sweden. She became feverish and felt sick to her stomach from the shot. ”I lost all energy” she says. “I am normally never sick so I understood it must be the vaccine.” Her class mate was vaccinated at the same time and she states that five out of nineteen also got sick from the swine flu vaccine.
Lotta Lindström (age 49), a nurse, states that she got the shot a week ago and still is not well. “It feels very worrying” she says. “I did not sleep anything the night after the shot since the pain in my arm was so severe.” The day after, at work, the fever came. She later had headaches. She still today, a week after the shot feels sick.
Another nurse, Jenney (age 26), could hardly walk five meters after she got sick from the swine flu vaccination. She was completely healthy when she got the shot but the day after she had 39 degrees centigrade fever (102.2 F). “I could hardly walk the five meters I had to the bathroom” she says. The fever lasted for three days. Several of her colleagues at work had similar experiences. “I know of at least ten that got fever, we are about 80 people at my workplace.”