Guillain-Barré Syndrome

Guillian-Barré syndrome is a condition in which the body’s immune system turns against its nerves and causes an autoimmune disease. Otherwise known as Acute Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, it is most common in aging adults, with greatest risk falling on those over the age of 50. In some instances, however, it can also effect children.

What vaccines cause it?

Guillian-Barré syndrome has been connected to the seasonal influenza vaccine (flu), among others.

What are the symptoms?

The first signs of Guillian-Barré syndrome can include tingling or weakness in the limbs. These symptoms can travel and could progress to paralysis. In extreme cases, the condition can cause respiratory failure and death. Though most people fully recover, damage to the nerves may cause continuing issues.

When do the symptoms appear?

After an injection, symptoms could develop anywhere between 12 hours and 28 days.

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