Guillain-Barré Syndrome Triggered by a Severe Vaccine Reaction

How Guillain Barre Syndrome damages nerves

Guillain Barré Syndrome (GBS) is a disorder where a patient’s immune system goes haywire and attacks the peripheral nervous system. GBS can be triggered by vaccinations such as the influenza vaccine,  tetanus shot,  Hepatitis B vaccine, the Menactra® (MCV4) vaccine, the Gardasil® vaccine, and other vaccinations.  The symptoms of Guillain Barre Syndrome typically start within one day to several weeks after a vaccination, but usually peaks around  2 weeks after the shot is given. Guillain Barre Syndrome can be generally described as a type of Peripheral Neuropathy.   The chronic version of GBS is known as Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy or CIDP.


The Influenza (flu shot) Vaccine

Your chances of getting Guillain Barré Syndrome after a flu shot are pretty low, but it’s not uncommon. Researchers who studied vaccine reaction rates found that “GBS is more strongly associated with vaccination for influenza” than for any other vaccine. The Journal of the American Medical Association cites Guillain Barré as the most frequent neurological condition reported after getting the flu shot. But the flu shot isn’t the only vaccine that may lead to GBS.

Gardasil® (HPV) Vaccine

There may be  evidence that the Gardasil® vaccine, also known as the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination, can trigger Guillain Barré Syndrome. This vaccine is commonly given to prevent cervical cancer. The Centers for Disease Control reports that “Guillain Barré has been reported after vaccination with Gardasil®.”  Other studies show that 72% of patients who reported GBS symptoms after a Gardasil® vaccine experienced those symptoms within 6 weeks after their shot.


Our Vaccine Attorneys Can Help

h1n1-vaccine-bad-reaction-imageMaglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. currently represents hundreds of patients across the country suffering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome caused by  a bad vaccine reaction. In 1986 the federal government set up the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program to provide financial help to people who experienced severe reactions from  vaccinations.

The Firm’s vaccine attorneys obtain compensation for patients experiencing vaccine injuries by filing a lawsuit  in the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. The  outcome of the lawsuit determines what kind of compensation a victim may receive.

For many years, the vaccine law team at Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. has  helped  patients across the nation recover financial settlements and judgments for the injuries caused by adverse vaccine reactions.


What are the Symptoms of Guillain Barré Syndrome?

The first symptom of Guillain Barre Syndrome is often weakness or tingling in the legs. Those sensations can spread to the arms and upper body until the victim becomes paralyzed.  GBS can cause such severe muscle weakness that patients must be put on a ventilator to breathe. Guillain Barre Syndrome is considered an autoimmune disorder because the body’s immune system attacks its own nervous system, damaging the coating around nerves.

Is It Possible To Completely Recover from GBS?

Complete recovery from Guillain Barre Syndrome does occur, but often it is a long and painful road of therapy and treatment.  Unfortunately, some GBS patients end up with severe disabilities that will last throughout their lives.  In rare cases, patients can die from GBS.

Types of Guillain Barré Variations

A number of different Guillain Barre Syndrome variants have been identified.  Some of the most common are listed below:

  • Acute Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (AIDP)
  • Miller Fisher Syndrome (MFS)
  • Acute Motor Axonal Neuropathy (AMAN)
  • Acute Motor Sensory Axonal Neuropathy (AMSAN)
  • Pharyngeal-Cervical-Brachial Variant
  • Acute Panautonomic Neuropathy
  • Bickerstaff’s Brainstem Encephalitis (BBE)

What To Do If You Got Guillain-Barre After a Vaccination

Contact a lawyer who is experienced in representing patients in front of the   Federal Vaccine Court. Filing a vaccine injury claim is an extremely complex and litigious process.  There are no legal costs for an injured patient represented by Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. At the end of the case our Law Firm asks the Court for reimbursement of the fees and costs incurred representing you.  This reimbursement is separate from any money you’re awarded by the Court. You never have to share any portion of your money for damages with our law firm. Click on this link to find out more about the legal process of vaccine injury compensation.

For more information, please fill out the online vaccine form on this page or call our office toll free at (888) 952-5242 for a free case evaluation.

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