Flu season is on the way, and soon many people will be lining up to get their yearly flu shots. While flu shots can prevent this common illness-- which can be particularly devastating for older people and those with compromised immune system -- it's worth remembering that flu shots are not without their risks.
Attacking the nerves
One of those risks is Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), which is an autoimmune reaction that cases your immune system to attack the nerves. People who have the syndrome may first notice a loss of strength and a tingling sensation in the extremities; often the feet and legs. The nerve damage then progresses to the point where you are no longer able to move. The condition requires immediate medical attention.
Rare but dangerous
While Guillain-Barré Syndrome is a rare, albeit alarming reaction to the flu shot, your chances of getting GBS from a vaccine are far less likely than the chances of getting a serious case of the flu should you choose to opt out of getting the flu vaccine. Still, for the people who unfortunately experience this devastating side effect of the vaccine, the consequences can be long-lasting and disabling.
What to do next
The flu vaccine is a part of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, and so if you or someone you love is injured by a flu vaccine, you can petition the program for compensation. For additional questions about your options if you suspect a vaccine injury, contact an experienced vaccine injury lawyer to discuss your rights and the best action to take next.