Risks of the Flu Vaccine

Vaccination Attorneys - Flu Vaccine and Guillain-Barre Syndrome

Most people are familiar with the flu vaccine. We know that it’s a simple shot or nasal spray available each year to help protect us from the flu. Some people get the vaccine yearly, while others get one every few years or not at all. The CDC recommends that those 6 months and older should get the flu vaccine every year to help prevent the spread of influenza.[i] Most people who get the vaccine have no issues or side effects, but others are affected by the vaccine, leading to illness, hospitalization or chronic disease.

Certain people are affected by the flu vaccine in minor ways, such as achiness, runny nose or swelling of the injection site. Others are affected a bit more strongly with fever or severe allergic reactions. Finally, a small percentage of people have been diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) associated with the flu vaccine.  GBS is a disorder that causes the immune system to attack the nervous system,[ii] leading to numbness or tingling of the extremities, weakness and paralysis in rare cases.[iii]

If you have been diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome due to the flu vaccine, you may be eligible for compensation through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Contact our vaccination injury attorneys today, and let us review your case. We will present a claim to the court at no cost to you. Our fees are paid from a separate fund.

To learn more about the National Vaccination Injury Compensation Program, or to find out if you are eligible for compensation, call today at (877) 978-2445.


[i] CDC.gov
[ii] MayoClinic.com
[iii] WebMD.com