Desiree Jennings, an Ashburn, Virginia woman, is suffering severe side effects from the seasonal flu shot. She was a healthy, 26-year-old Washington Redskins cheerleader and an avid runner. On August 23, Jennings received the flu shot from a local grocery store and her life was changed forever.
Instead of going through the flu season happy and healthy, Jennings came down with flu-like symptoms ten days after receiving the shot. Her symptoms progressively worsened and she started blacking out, resulting in two hospitalizations. She now has difficulty speaking, eating, and walking, due to uncontrollable seizures.
Jennings reported her health problems to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) thinking there might have been something wrong with her vaccine. The FDA found no problems with the particular lot of flu vaccines that Desiree received, and the agency has not received any other reports of adverse effects from this lot.
Health experts stress that overall, extreme side effects are rare and that the flu shot is safe for the majority of the public.
Desiree’s story has now caught the attention of Hollywood. An organization founded by Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey, Generation Rescue, is so touched by her story that they have reached out to offer words of encouragement and the organizations support.
“They are extremely helpful,” Desiree said. “They have a lot of doctors that deal with vaccine interactions, and they have sent us so many other stories similar to mine.”
Desiree’s reaction is one-in-a-million and doctors say it may be irreversible.
Check out this shocking video and interview with Desiree to learn more about her condition.