A Bad Reaction: A Memoir by Sarah Bridges

By Sarah Bridges

A mother’s tale of elevating an autistic son, navigating the vaccine court docket, and confronting the frequent denial of a hyperlink among vaccines and autism.

At 4 months outdated, Porter Bridges went in for his well-baby checkup and acquired an array of vaccines. That evening he spiked a 105-degree fever and had a two-hour grand mal seizure. He was once rushed to the health center the place medical professionals struggled to stabilize him whereas his kinfolk paced the halls ready to listen to if he was once wide awake. notwithstanding not anyone may possibly comprehend it on the time, Porter’s hospitalization marked the beginning of a terrifying and tragic decline in his overall healthiness and the healthiness of his family members. And whereas the consequences of Porter’s response might take years to totally advance, the reason was once by no means in doubt—Porter’s sanatorium list reads, “Brain damage from pertussis vaccine.”

Cognitive dissonance is the psychology time period for that queasy feeling we get while issues simply don’t line up. listed below are the evidence: Porter is a fit youngster one second and has mind harm the following. The CDC says vaccines are constantly secure, however the nationwide Vaccine harm repayment software awards Porter’s relatives hundreds of thousands of bucks to pay for his pertussis damage. The CDC sends an announcement asserting vaccines by no means reason autism. That afternoon, govt money pay for Porter’s autism remedy. He is going 3 times a week.

A undesirable Reaction is a private journey—sometimes painful, occasionally humorous. It confronts the dissonance among what the govt tells us in regards to the vaccine-autism hyperlink and its mystery funds compensating the vaccine-injured. It tackles broader matters resembling person as opposed to govt accountability, the conflicts of curiosity in vaccination-safety study, and the stability of person and collective solid. Vaccines carry the distinctive contrast of being the one mandated medicinal drugs all childrens obtain and feature kept innumerable lives. additionally they have defense hazards. This e-book is ready a type of “negative outcomes.” His identify is Porter.

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