Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Hepatitis B Vaccine Linked to Multiple Sclerosis
Hepatitis B Vaccine Linked to Multiple Sclerosis
R. Michelle Martin, Yahoo! Contributor Network
Jun 8, 2013
The hepatitis B vaccine has been linked to multiple sclerosis. A study in the Harvard Reviews of Health News, suggest that people who are immunized with the hepatitis B vaccine are "three times as likely to develop multiple sclerosis" compared to people that do not get the vaccine.
Melissa Cloer received the hepatitis B vaccine and discovered that she had an electric shock sensation all over her body and numbness in her arm and hand. Melissa did not know the cause of her chronic pain until six years later. A medical exam showed that Melissa had multiple sclerosis caused by the hepatitis B vaccine.
Although the hepatitis B vaccine can cause a similar reaction to that of Melissa Cloer, the CDC states that the vaccine is safe. According to the CDC website, "most published scientific studies do not support a causal relationship between the hepatitis B vaccination and MS or other demyelinating diseases." Although some studies suggest that the hepatitis B vaccine is safe, a recent study in the U.K suggest that the hepatitis B vaccine is not safe.
U.K. Study Link Hepatitis B vaccine to MS
Researchers in the U .K. retrieved data on patients that had received the hepatitis B vaccine from the General Practice Research Database (GPRD). The research study consisted of 163 cases of multiple sclerosis and 1,604 controls. The research study concluded that people who received the hepatitis B vaccine were "three times as likely to develop multiple sclerosis" than a person who had not received the vaccine, according an article in the Harvard Reviews of Health News.
Multiple sclerosis is not the only condition caused by the hepatitis B vaccine. The hepatitis B vaccine can cause other conditions. The hepatitis B vaccine can cause lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, leukemia, and chronic fatigue syndrome, according to the Journal of Neurology.
The Hepatitis B Vaccine will not Benefit Most Children
According to WebMD, the hepatitis B virus is spread by body fluids and blood. A person can get the hepatitis B virus from sharing needles, sex, and tattoos. People who get hepatitis B are mostly adults and not children. Many children will not even participate in any behavior that will put them at risk for hepatitis B until they are teenagers or adults.
The government should revisit its policy of vaccinating young children with the hepatitis B vaccine. Many children will not need the hepatitis B vaccine until they are able to make decisions that will even put them at risk for the disease such as unprotected sex and intravenous drug use. In addition, a research study conducted in the U.K. suggests that the hepatitis B vaccine can triple a person's risk of developing multiple sclerosis.
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Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/multiple-sclerosis/news/20040913/hepatitis-b-vaccine-may-be-linked-to-ms
Harvard Reviews of Health News (2006, Aug. 21). MS Associated with Hepatitis B Vaccine.
Retrieved from Infotrac Newsstand.
Naismith, R., & Cross, A. (2004, Sept. 14). Does the hepatitis B vaccine cause multiple sclerosis?
Retrieved from http://www.neurology.org/content/63/5/772.extract
National Vaccine Information Center (n.d.). Hepatitis B Disease and Vaccine Facts.
Retrieved from http://www.nvic.org/vaccines-and-diseases/Hepatitis-B/diseasevaccine.aspx
Sebelius v. Cloer, 675 F. 3d 1358 (2013)
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Harvard Reviews of Health News
MS Associated with Hepatitis B Vaccine.(multiple sclerosis)
Article from: Harvard Reviews of Health News
August 21, 2006
MS Associated with Hepatitis B Vaccine
In a British study, people who had received the hepatitis B vaccine were three times as likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS) as people who did not get the shots, says an article in the Sept. 14 issue of the journal Neurology. These cases occurred within three years of vaccination, the study says. The study included 163 people with MS and was based on medical records for 3 million patients. Several previous studies have found no association between MS and hepatitis B shots.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (American Academy of Neurology) -- The popular hypothesis that the hepatitis B vaccine is associated with an increased risk of multiple sclerosis has been scientifically corroborated through a prospective study of patients in the United Kingdom.
Results of the study, and a related editorial, are reported in the September 14 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Look at the package insert on PAGE 8: http://www.merck.com/product/usa/pi_circulars/r/recombivax_hb/recombivax_pi.pdf
Guillain-Barré Syndrome; multiple sclerosis; exacerbation of multiple sclerosis; myelitis including transverse myelitis; seizure; febrile seizure; peripheral neuropathy including Bell's Palsy; radiculopathy; herpes zoster; migraine; muscle weakness; hypesthesia; encephalitis
Me, who likes to save stuff, copied and pasted off the older insert. Also on Page 8.
Guillain-Barré Syndrome; multiple sclerosis; myelitis including transverse myelitis; peripheral neuropathy including Bell's Palsy; radiculopathy; herpes zoster; migraine; muscle weakness; hypesthesia; encephalitis