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Can stuttering be an adverse effect from a flu vaccine.

By Anonymous February 15, 2011 - 9:43am
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My 26 year old daughter works for a medical facility where they insist on flu vaccination. About a week after her flu combo vaccine in September of 2010 she began to stutter. She has had an MRI, EEG and lots of blood work with no reasonable explanation (they say it may be stress related but she hasn't had any new issues to create any additional stress in her life). I have been trying to investigate the vaccine and if it could be the cause. She called the local health dept. but was told that they hadn't had any of those issues. I have read that stuttering can be a cause if you may have slight allergies to some of the ingredients of the vaccine. We are just looking for some information to say the vaccine could be the problem. We are not looking for blame but just a way to move on and possibly correct the problem and be sure she doesn't have another vaccine if it was the cause. Any information is appreciated.

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Hi flu vaccine contains mercury, one of the side affects of mercury is stuttering.Unfortunately I only discovered this after my 5 year old received her flu shot and started stuttering...

February 20, 2019 - 8:52pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Hi ...I had my 3 year old take the flu shot 2 weeks ago. She was a talker , making complete sentences and enjoyed talking and learning new words. Talking was not an issue at all!
20 days later, she stutters in every single word, struggling to say pretty much anything.
Shes also making gestures and screaming single words out when she finally manages it to do so.
Wanted to know if your child got better and how?
Very sad and disappointed i chose to give her this vaccine.

November 18, 2019 - 3:18pm

I just wanted to let everyone know that my neurologist found the answer to my stuttering problem as a result of after effects from the flu shot. Elatrol - I took it for about one year and now the stuttering has disappeared.

May 26, 2015 - 11:27am
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Anonymous (reply to marysela)

Marisela , can you tell me how long till it got better ? My 3 year old started stuttering right after and i don't know what to do .

November 18, 2019 - 3:19pm
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I took my 3 yr old for her check up, got the flu mist and I am now noticing a stutter. I'm never getting my kids a flu shot again after reading this. I hope it goes away :(

January 7, 2015 - 7:57pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)


I experienced the same with my little one . How is ur daughter now. We got her shot on feb 13th and she has started stuttering from 15th feb. I am really worried and confused what to do .
Please suggest me if you gave her any treatment.

March 31, 2015 - 8:55pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

It does go away somtimes right away and some it take longer. For my son it took maybe three months before it was all gone.

January 8, 2015 - 9:47am
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Our 2 1/2 year old grandson had a flu shot shot in October, Sanofi-Pasteur (multi-dose vial). Took a nap and woke up with a stutter and a confused look on his face. Prior to this flu shot his language skills were very normal, no stuttering! One week later other symptoms of some type of neurological issue, in addition to stuttering, developed: didn't talk much, when attempting to talk couldn't form any words, attention span much shorter than before the shot, mumbled jibber jabber, nonsense, most of the day, hyper activity, couldn't sit still (not even for his favorite book), an expressionless gaze if he looked at you. The evaluation of the Pediatrician at Children's Hospital revealed nothing but stuttering as normal for his age and that there are no known vaccine issues on the CDC website. Nothing about this event was reported to VAERS. In my opinion with the additional symptoms this is more than "normal" developmental stuttering, looks more like neurogenic stuttering related to the flu shot. Maybe not the thimerosal, maybe other adjuvants in the vaccine, or just his immune response to the vaccine. It should be noted that last year he had flu shot but it was the single dose presentation (no thimerosal).
No data will ever exist on the VAERS when doctors don't report events like this! Two weeks after the flu shot his stuttering is mostly gone, notice some hesitation when forming words but he would think about it and usually say the word without any problem. Talking more, attention span better, doing more of his usual activities. It was a very sad event. Hopefully the worst is over.

December 30, 2014 - 3:39pm
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My 2.5yo son was highly verbal and speaking in complete sentences. He received the flumist this fall and began stuttering the next day, though it was just first syllables and occasionally at that time. 3 months later and the stutter is on almost every single word to the point that he can hardly get through his sentences. It makes me so sad/angry to see that there are others with this same side effect!! If anyone reported this to VARS, what was the response?

December 26, 2014 - 1:29am
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I am so concerned. My daughter recd the flu shot on Saturday and has a noticeable stutter today, Monday. So much that it is really bothersome. Will it go away? What precautions does anyone recommend? Her dr thinks I over exaggerate but this is not her norm. After reading I'm more concerned now than before.

December 8, 2014 - 9:17pm
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