Higher risk of GBS for older adults who take the flu vaccine

The flu vaccine helps to prevent the spread of influenza, which leads to nearly 30,000 deaths each year. However, the flu vaccine comes with its own risks, especially for older adults.

In rare situations, the flu vaccine can lead to Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). While individuals of any age can acquire this disorder, adults over the age of 50 have a higher risk of developing GBS according to the Centers for Disease Control.

What is Guillain-Barré syndrome?

GBS is a disorder that affects the nervous system. If you have GBS, your immune system starts to attack your nerves. This can initially start as a tingling or weakness in the limbs that spreads throughout the body. In some cases, GBS can lead to difficulty breathing, loss of motor control and even paralysis. In very rare cases, it can also result in death.

For many, GBS only lasts a few weeks. However, for some victims, this syndrome can result in lasting nerve damage or the loss of a life.

Most frequently, GBS develops in individuals who have recently had a stomach or respiratory infection. Recently, scientists have even found a connection between GBS and the Zika virus. However, there have also been cases where GBS has developed soon after individuals have taken a flu vaccine.

What should you do if you developed GBS after a flu vaccine?

Your health should be your top priority. You should seek medical attention if you have unexpected symptoms resulting from a flu vaccine.

Next, if you have developed GBS after taking a flu vaccine, you should seek legal counsel. An attorney can help you understand your legal options and bring a claim for compensation if you have been seriously injured.

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