Big Pharma Side Effects

I love drug commercials for their high-speed side effects warning at the ad’s end.

Here is the list for Prevnar 19, which is a diphtheria toxoid containing vaccine.

In adults, the most common side effects were pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site, limitation of arm movement, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, decreased appetite, vomiting, fever, chills, and rash.

Diphtheria can be deadly.

According to Wikipedia in the 1920s, an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 cases of diphtheria occurred in the United States, causing 13,000 to 15,000 deaths per year. Children represented a large majority of these cases and fatalities.

One of the most infamous outbreaks of diphtheria was in Nome, Alaska; the “Great Race of Mercy” and Seppala’s heroic ninety-one mile relay with lead dog ,Togo, to deliver diphtheria antitoxin is now celebrated by the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race p>

Thankfully the cure isn’t worse than the Old Bullneck.

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