Desiree Jennings gets Dystonia from Flu Shot?

The H1N1 vaccine has seen a lot of skepticism and worry this week after a cheerleader for the NFL Washington Redskins, Desiree Jennings, is suffering from Dystonia. This is a neurological condition in which muscles are affected, causing twisting, abnormal postures and repetitive movements. The disorder can be inherited or caused by infection, a reaction to drugs, physical trauma, poisoning, or can be birth-related.

Just before getting a seasonal flu shot in August, Desiree’s health was fine, but then 10 days afterward she contracted flu-like symptoms. Things only got worse from there, and she was put in the hospital for seizures on two occasions before being diagnosed with Dystonia. Doctors have only speculated that the flu shot was the cause.

Desiree, who is 25 and married, has been completely disabled from this, as it has prevented her from walking forward, causes trouble with her speech, and even makes it difficult to eat. She has also experienced seizures frequently.

Shortly after being diagnosed and seen by doctors at Johns Hopkins, Desiree started having other symptoms. She and her husband went to Charlotte to get relief from these symptoms and were there for most of Monday. Brendan, her husband, says that they will be there for as long as it takes. He did add that there were some improvements in her condition after just the first visit.

One of the doctors says that Dystonia can be treated with physical therapy and Botox injections. The injections can help relieve some of the muscle contractions. He also noted that there is no reason to believe that getting a flu shot will cause this, as he hasn’t come across anything to link Dystonia and the shot.


5 Responses to “Desiree Jennings gets Dystonia from Flu Shot?”

  1. SL on October 22nd, 2009 6:49 pm

    Nice headline. Were you trying to be misleading, or did you not even read the article you posted? The doctor said he doesn’t believe there is anything to link Dystonia and the vaccine, yet your headline implies a direct correlation. Guess I don’t need to revist this website for reliable news.

  2. ccrichx on October 22nd, 2009 9:00 pm

    2 things about this story, one it was the seasonal flu shot and two it’s not 100% certain that it is exactly Dystonia.

  3. ErrorBot on October 22nd, 2009 10:10 pm

    It wasn’t H1N1 vaccine, it was seasonal flu shot. Please correct false information.

  4. Chris O on October 23rd, 2009 2:15 am

    How could Desiree Jennings have gotten Dystonia from the H1N1 Vaccine if the Vaccine was not even ready when she got the shot?

  5. Debora N on October 25th, 2009 7:04 pm

    it looks like somebody make terrible news to decline public attention from real politics problems
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