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Which Vaccines Can Lead to Guillain-Barré Syndrome?

Vaccine Injury Pros July 6, 2023

Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a rare and serious neurological disorder that affects a person’s nerves. Recent reports have shown that several individuals are developing GBS within days or weeks of receiving some vaccines, including Influenza, Epstein-Barr, Zika virus, or COVID-19 vaccines. If you have suffered Guillain-Barré syndrome, an injury, or illness after getting vaccinated, you may be entitled to pursue fair compensation. 

At Vaccine Injury Pros, we provide compassionate and skilled legal guidance for victims of vaccine-related injuries and illnesses, including GBS. Our experienced vaccine injury attorneys can guide you through the claims process and help you seek your rightful financial compensation. We proudly serve clients throughout the United States. 

What Is Guillain-Barré Syndrome?

Guillain-Barré syndrome can be described as a neurological condition which occurs when a person’s immune system attacks the nerves in the person’s body. Thus, causing the muscles to become weak or paralyzed. GBS usually affects the limbs, hands, upper body, and feet. The disorder is quite common among males and adults – 50 years or older. 

Symptoms of Guillain-Barré Syndrome

Here are some common signs and symptoms of Guillain-Barré syndrome: 

  • numbness 

  • issues with coordination and balance 

  • muscle weakness 

  • serious pain 

  • tingling in the upper body and arms 

  • walking difficulties 

  • difficulties in speaking 

  • breathing difficulties 

  • blurred vision 

  • difficulty in urinating or constipation 

  • paralysis – inability to move the arms, legs, or face 

If you or someone you know has suffered from Guillain-Barré syndrome after getting vaccinated, you need to reach out to a dedicated vaccine injury lawyer as soon as possible. Your attorney can enlighten you about some vaccines linked to Guillain-Barré syndrome and determine the best way to proceed with your injury claim. 

Common Vaccines Linked to Guillain-Barré Syndrome

Here are some common vaccines and infections that are linked with Guillain-Barré Syndrome: 

Influenza Vaccine

Influenza vaccines, commonly referred to as flu shots, are vaccines which protect the body system against infections caused by influenza viruses. Influenza vaccination is linked with a moderately increased risk of GBS incidents within one month of taking the flu shot.  

Shingles Vaccine

Shingles is a viral infection which causes a painful rash on the body. SHINGRIX, an FDA-approved shingles vaccine, has been reported to cause GBS within days or weeks after getting vaccinated.* 


Some other vaccines and infections that can cause Guillain-Barré Syndrome include: 

  • Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine 

  • Hepatitis A vaccine 

  • Hepatitis B vaccine 

  • Human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) 

Once you have been diagnosed with GBS, you need to seek immediate medical treatment as soon as possible. An experienced injury attorney can enlighten you about the next steps to take and work with a qualified physician to offer you the best medical treatments. 

What to Do If You Have Symptoms of Guillain-Barré Syndrome

If you’re experiencing muscle weakness, pain, tingling sensation, or numbness in your upper body, arms, or legs, or other symptoms of GBS, getting adequate treatment is crucial to avoid further complications. A qualified doctor can conduct a medical test to determine whether your nerves and muscles are functioning properly. 

In addition, the doctor will check your protein levels and take a sample of spinal fluid to test for GBS. If you’re diagnosed with GBS, it is important that you start your treatment immediately. A trusted lawyer will help document your medical expenses, treatments received, medical records, and how the condition has affected your life and work. Also, the attorney will help file your vaccine injury claims and help you seek your deserved compensation. You should contact an attorney as soon as you think you may have an injury.

Protect Your Rights After a Vaccine Injury 

Suffering from GBS after getting vaccinated can be a difficult and overwhelming experience. Thankfully, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) offers monetary compensation to individuals who have suffered an injury or illness after receiving a covered vaccine. At Vaccine Injury Pros, our attorneys are poised and ready to support and represent clients in their vaccine injury claims. 

As your legal counsel, we will determine whether the vaccine is covered by VICP and explore your options to recover damages. In addition, our team will fight vigorously to protect your rights and help you pursue fair financial compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost income, and the pain, discomfort, and suffering you were put through. 

Contact us at Vaccine Injury Pros today to schedule a simple case assessment with seasoned vaccine injury lawyers. Our firm can offer you the personalized attention and vigorous representation you need in your vaccine injury claims. From our office in Sioux City, Iowa, we proudly serve clients throughout the United States.

* This vaccine is not included in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, so we do not take these specific cases at our firm.