Lou Ferrigno, the 67-year-old who played the Hulk in The Incredible Hulk, tweeted a picture of himself lying in a hospital bed with IVs attached to his arm, along with a caption of strange details explaining what happened.
“Went in for a pneumonia shot and landed up here with fluid in my bicep,” Ferrigno stated. “I’ll be ok but it’s important that you keep an eye on who’s giving the shot and make sure they not only swab the spot correctly but that you watch the needle come out of the package.”
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CDC-approved pneumonia vaccines come with serious side effects
What Ferrigno meant by his swab and package comments remains largely unclear. It appears as though Ferrigno may have received the wrong vaccine, seeing as how there are two types of vaccine for pneumonia currently approved for use by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
There’s PCV13 and PPSV23, both of which are recommended for adults like Ferrigno who are 65 years of age or older. The vaccines are marketed as helping patients avoid infections from various pneumococcal diseases, including meningitis, bloodstream infections, pneumonia, and ear infections.
Both shots are known to carry side effects, though PCV13 is said to cause additional problems in terms of swelling, according to the CDC.
Other reports suggest that Ferrigno may have received the correct vaccine, but that it somehow became contaminated once leaving the package and entering his arm.
Pneumonia vaccines do not reduce risk of death from pneumonia, study reveals
The other problem with pneumonia vaccines is that they don’t exactly work. Research out of Australia found that adults who get vaccinated for pneumonia have the same risk of pneumonia-related death as adults who don’t get vaccinated.
And then there are the many risks associated with pneumonia shots, including infections, respiratory infections, and, yes: pneumonia itself.
If Lou Ferrigno had researched pneumonia vaccines beforehand, he might not have gotten one
It’s safe to say that Lou Ferrigno likely didn’t do his homework on the pneumonia vaccine before agreeing to have its contents unloaded into his bicep. Because if he had, he might have thought twice before agreeing to get jabbed.
As we previously reported, people in the United Kingdom who received the Prevnar vaccine for pneumonia were developing a worse form of pneumonia than the wild-type variety – a type known as Serotype 1 that’s seriously life-threatening.
Another paper published in the journal Pediatrics found that people who get pneumonia vaccines have a higher risk of chest infections. Researchers from the University of California, Davis found that rates of empyema-associated hospitalization have been steadily increasing over the years as a result of the vaccine.
None of this bodes well concerning the safety and effectiveness of pneumonia vaccines. Parents who take the time to research this information will likely come to the conclusion that it’s probably best to just forego the jab entirely – something that, again, might have happened in Lou Ferrigno’s case, had he taken the time to see what was being injected into his body.
We can only hope that this unfortunate scare will cause Ferrigno to take a closer look at the science behind vaccines, and make better healthcare decisions in the future.
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