Questions about FluMist and autism

flumist.gifMedical authorities and some parents of children with autism have long feuded about a link between vaccines and autism. The controversy has even extended to SouthernMamas.com, as you can read in the comments section on this autism post and on this one.

Today, the New York Times broke a story about a 6-year-old’s death that is going to raise even more questions about whether mitochondrial disorders could be set off or worsened by vaccinations and whether those disorders might be linked to autism.

As the NYT reports: “On Jan. 11, a 6-year-old girl from Colorado received FluMist, a flu vaccine, and about a week later “became weak with multiple episodes of falling to ground” and “difficulty walking,” according to a case report filed with federal health officials and obtained by The New York Times.”

“The girl grew increasingly weak and feverish and “became more limp, appears sleepy, acts as if drunk,” the report said. She was hospitalized and underwent surgery and was finally withdrawn from life support. She died on April 5, according to the report.”

The little girl had mitochondrial disorder. Another child with mitochondrial disorder is 9-year-old Hannah Poling, the Athens-Ga. girl you probably read about. Hannah was 19 months old and developing normally in 2000 when she received five vaccine shots.

“Two days later, she developed a fever, cried inconsolably and refused to walk. In the next seven months, she spiraled downward, and in 2001 doctors diagnosed autism,” according to the NYT.

Read the full article NYT here. But be prepared. It’s going to make you want to find out everything you can about these very mysterious mitochondrial disorders.

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