"Perfectly healthy" 10-year-old Florida girl gets flu shot, is paralyzed with rare brain infection and can no longer speak
A flu shot meant to protect a Florida girl instead was the likely culprit that left the 10-year-old bedridden and mostly unable to speak.
The family of Marysue Grivna said everything changed after she got the influenza vaccine on Nov. 22, 2013. Three days later, Marysue’s parents called 911 after she didn’t immediately wake and could not speak.
Her parents blame acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, or ADEM, an immune-mediated disease of the brain that can be brought on following a viral infection. It’s a debilitating illness that strikes approximately 8 people per 1,000,000, WTSP reported.