GBS and the Flu Shot
Guillain-Barre Syndrome (“GBS”) is a rare disorder in which a person’s own immune system damages their peripheral nerves, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. While its cause is not fully understood, GBS often follows infection with a virus or bacteria, but it can be triggered by various vaccinations such as the influenza vaccine. Symptoms of GBS typically begin within one day to several weeks after a vaccination but tend to peak around 2 weeks after vaccination. Most people recover fully from GBS; however, some people suffer from permanent nerve damage.
Many things can cause GBS, but some studies have found that the chances of developing GBS may increase after getting a flu vaccination. In fact, the Journal of the American Medical Association cites GBS as one of the most frequent neurological conditions reported after receiving a flu vaccination. However, the CDC does monitor for GBS during each flu season, and the data on an association between the flu vaccine and GBS have been variable from season to season.
Initial symptoms typically include weakness or tingling in the legs, but these sensations can spread to the arms and upper body and can result in paralysis. Fortunately, though, while GBS can result from the flu vaccine, it is more likely for a person to get GBS after getting the flu itself than after vaccination.
Should you or anyone you know develop any symptoms of GBS after receiving a flu vaccination, you may be entitled to money compensation for your injuries. The attorneys at Rawls Law Group are experienced in handling these sort of vaccine injuries and can help assist you in receiving the compensation you deserve, so give us a call.