Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) is a potentially-serious autoimmune disorder that has been linked to tetanus and flu vaccinations. Individuals diagnosed with vaccine-related GBS will often experience debilitating symptoms and face a long road to recovery.
While the first case of GBS was diagnosed in 1916, a century later the exact cause of the disorder remains unknown. This has made finding treatment options a challenge. While researchers are currently evaluating potential new treatments, the current options focus on managing symptoms and reducing the risk of relapse without providing a cure. As a result, for many individuals the battle with GBS is lifelong, and this often leads to substantial medical bills coupled with long-term pain and suffering.
Guillain-Barre Syndrome: An Overview
GBS is a disorder that causes the body’s immune system to attack the nervous system. This “autoimmune” response targets either the myelin sheath or the axons within the nerve cells depending on the specific variant of GBS diagnosed, causing pain and other symptoms that may either onset quickly or develop gradually over time.
Although most cases of GBS are treatable, in severe cases the body’s autoimmune response can cause difficulty breathing, low blood pressure or a sudden increase in heart rate. These factors turn a diagnosis of GBS into a medical emergency. As a result, anyone getting vaccinated should be aware of the risk of GBS and know how to spot symptoms that may require immediate medical care. Learn more about the symptoms of GBS.
Guillain-Barre Syndrome: The Link to Vaccinations
While researchers are still working to discover the cause of GBS, we now know that a link exists between certain vaccinations and GBS. Specifically, it is well documented that individuals receiving flu and tetanus vaccinations are at risk for the disorder. In fact, under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), the government now awards compensation to individuals diagnosed with vaccine-related GBS – though securing compensation for GBS and other “off-table” conditions requires the help of an experienced vaccine attorney.
Guillain-Barre Syndrome: Physical, Emotional and Financial Recovery
What does the future look like for individuals diagnosed with GBS? The answer greatly depends on the specific variant diagnosed, as well as the speed and quality of medical treatment provided. While some variants can be managed fairly easily with appropriate treatment, others can require surgery and long-term rehabilitation and recovery.
In any case, it is important for individuals diagnosed with vaccine-related GBS to learn about their rights under the VICP. Even limited medical treatment can be costly, and the VICP provides coverage for lost income (past and future) as well as other losses. Learn more about how to obtain compensation for vaccine-related GBS.
Help for Individuals Diagnosed with Vaccine-Related GBS Nationwide
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with GBS following a flu or tetanus vaccination, contact GBS Vaccine Lawyer to learn more about your legal rights. For a free and confidential consultation, call (202) 775-9200 or contact us online today.