Sunday, July 12, 2009

Vaccine leaves nurse disabled

Vaccine leaves nurse disabled
Nurse fights hospital over smallpox shot

"Professionally and patriotically, emergency room nurse Amy Alexander thought at the time, it was the right thing to do.  At her boss' request, she took a smallpox vaccine so she could join a bioterrorism response team at Good Samaritan Hospital that would be ready if America's enemies ever tried to spread the deadly disease.

Six years later, she sees it as perhaps the worst decision of her life - a depressing notion that seeps into her thoughts daily as pain and numbness crawl up her legs and arms, as she reaches for the walker she needs to go any farther than room to room, and as she copes with a litany of other health woes doctors traced to a seriously adverse reaction to the vaccine."

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