“If you don’t smell-a-rat then ya need your nose and mind-a fixed.”
Doctors have been put on alert for a deadly disease linked to swine flu jabs.
The Health Protection Agency has told neurologists to look out for a rise in Guillain-Barr Syndrome – in which paralysis of the breathing muscles can cause death by suffocation – when vaccination starts in the next few weeks.
The link was made following a mass immunisation programme in the U.S., in which a swine flu jab was blamed for more deaths than the disease itself.
More than 40million Americans were vaccinated after an outbreak of swine flu at an army base in 1976.
The programme was abandoned after hundreds of cases of GBS were diagnosed and 25 died.
The flu, however, did not spread further than the base and claimed only one life.
In a letter to the Association of British Neurologists, Elizabeth Miller, head of immunisation at the HPA, said: ‘GBS has been identified as a condition needing enhanced surveillance when the swine flu vaccines are rolled out.’
The warning will add to concerns about the safety of the jab, which will be given to more than 13million Britons from October.
Professor Patrick Chinnery, of the Association of British Neurologists, said: ‘This is a belt-and-braces approach to safety and is not something people should be worried about as it’s a rare condition.’