- Jennifer Whitney, 34, was diagnosed with MS just weeks after her flu shot
- She was forced by boss to have the shot, then sacked for taking time off work
- Symptoms included her hair falling out, blisters all over her face and body
- The mother-of-two was also left blind for 10 months and unable to conceive
- Doctors confirmed her immune system was attacking her brain and nerves
- A naturopath believes the MS was likely to have been caused by the vaccine
A mother went blind in one eye and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis just weeks after getting the flu shot, she has claimed.
Jennifer Whitney, from Mukilteo, Washington, had the vaccine due to the insistence of her boss – despite being concerned about any side effects.
However, the same boss was forced to ‘let her go’ because she ended up taking too much time off to cope with the repercussions of the shot.
Tests revealed she had developed multiple sclerosis, which has no cure, and she was left blind for ten months as well as unable to have another child.
The mother-of-two’s naturopath claimed it was all down to her flu vaccine – despite an array of evidence claiming the shot is completely safe.
Ms Whitney’s case comes amid warnings of the worst flu outbreak in 50 years, which has prompted officials to urge the population to get vaccinated.
However, celebrities including Katie Hopkins and DJ Calvin Harris have fueled anti-vaccination theories by claiming it isn’t ineffective and a ‘neurotoxin’ shot.
But Ms Whitney, who may never recover after her brain was allegedly attacked by her own immune system during a two-year battle, is adamant the vaccines are unsafe.
She told MailOnline: ‘Some people tell me that I must be imagining it because they believe vaccines are safe, but that’s not the case.
‘I’m not imagining all these symptoms and I’m certainly not imagining how well I used to be. Whether I’ll ever be that well again, I don’t know.’
Mrs Whitney was working as a manager of an optician’s when she was told she had to have the vaccine in 2015.
She wasn’t keen as she’d heard about people having bad reactions to vaccinations, but her boss wouldn’t take no for an answer.
‘As the manager, I felt pressurised into setting an example to the other employees,’ she said. ‘My boss encouraged everyone to get it.
This time, the dizziness was debilitating, preventing her seeing straight or working. That afternoon, she was sent home from work early.
‘I just about managed to drive home, but had to call my husband from the car to come and help me,’ Mrs Whitney said.
‘I was so weak, I couldn’t walk, so my husband had to carry me to our apartment. Once inside, he lay me down on the sofa.
‘Little did I know I’d be spending the next few weeks in that exact same spot.’
The next day, her symptoms hadn’t improved so her husband drove her to their doctor, who told her she was suffering from benign vertigo and that she should be fine in a day or so.
Mrs Whitney was baffled that the doctor couldn’t see how ill she was.
‘It was so bad,’ she said. ‘I even vomited in the sink in the surgery as he examined me. Yet he just sent me home with some medicine and some platitudes.’
She knew that what she was experiencing was more than just vertigo, so she went to see a chiropractor.
After a few minutes of treatment there though, the dizziness intensified, the nausea worsened and her head pain became unbearable.
The following day, she went to see another doctor who, after a quick examination had her rushed to hospital for an MRI scan.
‘The MRI was pretty awful as I was still spinning and my head was hurting,’ said Mrs Whitney. ‘But I got through it. Then came the bombshell.’
She was told she had developed multiple sclerosis.
The doctor explained how her immune system was attacking her brain and nervous system, which meant she needed immediate treatment.
In the emergency room, she was given high-dose steroid infusions, designed to knock out her immune system.
While she was being dosed up, a neurologist explained her MRI results, explaining that there were several dozen lesions in her brain, that it was clear she’d somehow developed multiple sclerosis and that there was no cure.
‘I was so shocked,’ she said. ‘I’m a really healthy person and had never been off sick from work.
‘To have suddenly developed a serious, untreatable and incurable illness practically overnight was hard for me to comprehend.’
Within two weeks, Mrs Whitney was unable to stand and walk without assistance, but then she had another relapse.
These relapses started to occur about every six weeks.
Side effects of steroids
It wasn’t just the relapses that were disabling her though – the side-effects of the steroid infusions were adding to her problems.
And things became even worse when she started taking her MS medication.
‘I had a really bad reaction to the medication (Gilleniya) I was prescribed,’ recalled Mrs Whitney.
H/t reader kevin a.
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