← Return to COVID vaccine and Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS)

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I got a very bad case of GBS in 2008(coded twice). It took me approx. 6 years to start to heal. I have permanent nerve damage in which I will have to take Gabapentin for the rest of my life. I would love to have the vaccine, but do not want to risk being completely paralyzed again and going through the living hell in the hospital. I wish that someone could give me a truthful answer, based on facts and trial results, on whether I can have the vaccine.

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Hello @debbieker, Welcome to Connect. Here's some information from the CDC on safety of getting the vaccine if you previously had GBS.

"Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) - 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." -- COVID-19 Vaccines for People with Underlying Medical Conditions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/underlying-conditions.html

What information have you seen that gives you concern?