6-Year-Old Girl Suffers Frightening Side Effects After Taking Tamiflu

January 16, 2018
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A family in North Texas says their daughter’s side effects from the popular drug Tamiflu were beyond what they ever could have imagined. They are saying “never again”.

Like so many others in this cold weather, the 6-year-old’s flu diagnosis came with a choice: whether or not to take Tamiflu to speed up the course of the dreaded illness.

The family from Allen, who wants to remain anonymous, says that the side effects were striking: hallucinations, running away from school and an attempt, they believe, to hurt herself.

“The second story window was open, which is in her bedroom, and she used her desk to climb up onto it, and she was about to jump out the window when my wife came up and grabbed her,” her father said.

The family took her to the hospital, where a doctor informed them that nervous system problems – including psychosis – can be a very rare side effect of Tamiflu.

ER physician Dr. Glenn Hardesty, with Texas Health Prosper, says it’s very rare but can happen.

“Less than 1 percent is what’s listed in the data sheet,” he said. “I’ve been in practice 20 years, and I haven’t seen that particular complication.”

It is written in the fine print, and Dr. Hardesty says that there’s always a chance of a side effect with any drug.

The little girl’s parents say they wish they had known this.

“I don’t think the 16 hours of symptom relief from the flu is worth the possible side effects that we went through,” her father said.

His message for parents: do your homework before taking Tamiflu – or any drug for that matter.

“Know that side effects are there for a reason. They’re written down for a reason. I guess they can happen, and we got the short end of the stick,” her father said.

Facebook Tip Leads To Over 1,000 Charges In Underage Sex Post Crackdown

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Police in Denmark has charged 1,004 young people with distributing sexually explicit material of two 15-year-olds following a tip-off from Facebook.

The activity may constitute distribution of child pornography, the Danish National Police said. The case is “very large and complex,” Police Inspector Lau Thygesen said. “We’ve taken the matter very seriously as it has big consequences for those involved.”

The charges follow calls in Denmark for greater efforts to clamp down on revenge porn and distribution of private material. This is after young women detailed in local newspapers last year, how their lives had been destroyed by the publication of photos and video intended only for their partners.

The crackdown also comes following a shift in tolerance toward such acts as the #MeToo movement gains traction.

“It’s our impression that young people know very well that the consequences are substantial for the victims when this type of material is distributed,” Flemming Kjaerside, a police superintendent for Denmark’s National Crime Center, said in the statement. “But they perhaps don’t know that it is also punishable, and they can be convicted of distributing child porn.”

Danish police said that they began their investigation after Facebook notified U.S. authorities of two explicit video clips and a photograph of the couple on its chat platform Messenger last year. U.S. authorities in turn then notified European police.

While most of those charged distributed the material a couple of times, others distributed it several hundred times, Danish noted.

 

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