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Why i can't have a flu shot since i had guillian- barre syndrome ?

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Dr. Dennis Giannini
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 36 years experience
Precautionary : No one knows exactly what causes guillain-barre syndrome or why some people get it and other do not. Most people who get guillain-barre syndrome do so after having a bacterial or viral infection. In some cases, it has been connected to certain immunizations, such as the flu vaccine, and can even occur spontaneously.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
ACTUALLY, NOT CLEAR: During prior flu seasons, espec. With influenza a, seemed to be an association with guillain-barre and flu, but also seems association with campylobacter jejuni, and ebstein-barr virus. Article in new england journal of medicine cast great doubt as to whether any relationship to any vaccine, but many physicians remain reluctant. Maybe, ok to get dead virus injection, not live nasal virus.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Can I get a flu shot even though I've had guillian-barre syndrome?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Feel it's OK: There have been many concerns that vaccines can cause Guillain-Barre in the general community, but the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine debunked that rumor years ago, and there appears to be little if any risk with a flu shot. The fact that you had Guillain-Barre in past and recovered would affirm that acquiring this again in the future is very unlikely indeed.

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