Risk in giving a flu shot to a baby

Every parent wants to do the best for their child, and give them the care and support they need. In most cases, giving your child the flu shot to prevent an illness will result in no injuries. In some cases, a child may have a minor allergic reaction to the vaccine. In the rarest of cases, a baby can develop a serious and life-threatening injury as a result of a vaccine.

This is what happened to a seven-month old-baby in Nebraska last year. In late April, Arden Riley received a flu vaccine. Five days later, she had developed a rare case of Guillain-Barré syndrome. Luckily, Arden was able to get treatment and recover from this injury.

What is Guillain-Barré syndrome?

Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is an auto-immune disorder that attacks the nervous system. It can first start as a weakness in the arms or legs. In severe cases, it can lead to paralysis. When the syndrome reaches this stage, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible, since this syndrome can be life-threatening.

In an infant, these symptoms can be difficult to detect and diagnose. Consult your doctor and get a second opinion if your child has symptoms and they are unable to determine the exact cause of your child's injuries.

Work with an attorney if your child develops GBS

If you believe your child has GBS and recently had a flu shot, you should speak with an attorney who handles vaccine injury cases. A lawyer can help you bring a case through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). VICP is a program that was developed to provide compensation to individuals who have been injured as a result of a vaccine.

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