Guillain Barré Syndrome (GBS)
In this modern day of medicine, we think of flu shots as a common, non-threatening vaccination that we receive on an annual basis. It’s the first line of defense against influenza, usually with few to no side effects. But according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the flu vaccine has been associated with a number of cases of Guillain-Barré Syndrome.
Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) causes the immune system to attack and weaken the peripheral nervous system, leading to a weak or tingling feeling in the legs. The symptoms often increase over time and can lead to paralysis of certain muscles or even total paralysis, which is life-threatening. Though it is rare, GBS affects all ages and both sexes.
The exact cause of GBS is unknown, but many cases have been linked to vaccinations, primarily the flu vaccine. Other vaccines related to GBS include the tetanus shot, Hepatitis B vaccine, Menactra vaccine and the Gardasil vaccine.
There is no known cure for Guillain-Barré Syndrome, but most people recover over time with therapy and treatment. Some may experience long-term effects such as weakness, fatigue or mild numbness of the limbs.
If you have been diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome related to a vaccination, you may be eligible for compensation through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Our vaccination attorneys will meet with you to discuss your case and help file your vaccine injury claim. There is no cost to you, and our fees are paid from a separate fund, not from your compensation.To learn more about the Vaccination Injury Compensation Program, and to see if you are qualified for compensation, please contact our vaccine injury attorneys at 901-762-0535.