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Flu shot reduces risk of rare Guillain-Barré Syndrome in most cases, study finds

January 15, 2015

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Ottawa Citizen

Fear of developing Guillain-Barré Syndrome is often cited by health-care workers as a reason not to get a flu shot.

But new research suggests that in most cases the flu vaccine actually reduces the risk of the rare disorder by cutting the risk of influenza.

Two Ottawa researchers — Kumanan Wilson, physician and senior scientist at The Ottawa Hospital and professor of medicine at the University of Ottawa, and Steven Hawken, a scientist at The Ottawa Hospital — were involved in the study published Wednesday in the U.S. Centre for Disease Control’s journal Emerging Infectious Diseases that assessed the effect of seasonal influenza vaccine on the risk of acquiring Guillain-Barré Syndrome (or GBS).

Guillain-Barré is a rare, but serious, autoimmune disorder that causes muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. Most patients require hospitalization and about one-quarter require intensive care. Four per cent of patients will die within one year of developing the condition.

About 20 people out of every million…

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3 Comments
  1. if you believe that ???? they will say anything to sell sell sell…

  2. What a BIG LIE….

  3. I can’t bevelie I’ve been going for years without knowing that.

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