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COVID vaccine and Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS)

Autoimmune Diseases | Last Active: Sep 27, 2021 | Replies (47)

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Hi @cff, I can understand your hesitancy in getting the COVID vaccine given your history of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). And at the same time, you surely don't want to be hospitalized again due to the COVID infection.

According to the CDC:
"People who have previously had GBS may receive a COVID-19 vaccine. To date, no cases of GBS have been reported following vaccination in participants in the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials. One case of GBS was reported in a vaccinated participant in the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine clinical trial (compared to one GBS case among those who received placebo). With few exceptions, the independent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) general best practice guidelines for immunization do not include a history of GBS as a precaution to vaccination with other vaccines." https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/underlying-conditions.html

This article may also interest you.
– Preventing COVID-19 outweighs ‘theoretical’ risk for Guillain-Barré syndrome with vaccine https://www.healio.com/news/neurology/20210407/preventing-covid19-outweighs-theoretical-risk-for-guillainbarr-syndrome-with-vaccine

What has your doctor recommended for you?

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My GP does NOT suggest I receive the Covid vaccine. I also had meningitis and last month Shingles. If not GB, what other affects might happen? I am 77 years old.