To be sure, the World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that there is no connection between vaccines and auto-immune disorders. GBS (Guillain-Barre Syndrome) is a rare complication related to infections in which your immune system becomes over-excited and begins attacking healthy nerve tissue. As you may imagine, it can cause pain and weakness throughout your entire body. While the majority of people recover, it can cause paralysis, and in some cases, the nerve damage will be permanent.
GBS is linked to specific bacterial and viral infections. However, whenever there is a massive push to vaccinate the public, the rates of GBS escalate (slightly). While health authorities may not say that there is an established link between GBS and vaccination, they can’t eliminate the possibility that in a small section of the public, vaccinations can result in auto-immune dysfunction. It’s simply that the number of impacted people is so small that it doesn’t show up on their radar.
### Swine flu of 1976
In 1976, health authorities became concerned that a pandemic strain of the swine flu would harm the American public. There was a broadscale push for vaccination resulting in 45 million Americans getting a swine flu vaccine. Immediately afterward, there was an uptick in the number of GBS cases reported. However, it was not a huge uptick. In fact, it was only 1 or 2 additional cases per every million doses administered.
Studies resulting from the aftermath determined that an unvaccinated individual was still more likely to develop GBS than a vaccinated one. On the whole, then, the vaccine does something good, prevents infection, and prevents infections that result in GBS. However, in some cases it can result in GBS.
This is not uncommon in the medical field. In some cases, a remedy that cures or prevents an illness can exacerbate it. In this case, we don’t understand the link completely.
Regardless of whether or not the majority of people benefit from vaccines or they have a net-positive effect on society, those who are injured deserve to be compensated for their injuries.
### CDC: GBS occurs from vaccination “very rarely”
For the CDC to admit that GBS occurs at all due to vaccination is quite impressive. When the CDC receives word that an individual is claiming GBS from a vaccine, they immediately do everything in their power to disprove that claim. Only in cases where they cannot find a reasonable alternative explanation would they admit to the possibility that the vaccine caused the GBS. Nonetheless, GBS is a known complication of vaccination.
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