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Flu Vaccine, Guillain-Barre Syndrome (Flu GBS)

Flu Shots and Potential Adverse Reactions

by Leah Durant

Individuals have been known to experience adverse reactions from their annual flu vaccines. One of the most common of these reactions is Guillain-Barre Syndrome, or GBS, but other types of adverse reactions can occur. GBS is a severe paralytic illness. Because it is administered annually, the flu shot is one of the most common vaccinations received in the United States. Although most people have only minor reactions, many people can be affected each year. The Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC, specializes in cases involving adverse reactions to flu vaccinations. Vaccine attorney Leah Durant understands how the flu shot can cause Gullain-Barre Syndrome and represents GBS clients in their cases before the Court of Federal Claims, all at no charge to the client. While GBS may be transient, it can be devastating to those who suffer from it. The Law Offices of Leah V. Durant PLLC, also represents those who suffer from the more chronic type of GBS, often referred to as Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, or CIDP. Those who suffer from CIDP face years of neurological symptoms with little relief. Vaccine Attorney Leah Durant focuses on GBS and CIDP cases and her legal fees and costs are paid by the court, not the client.

Vaccine attorney Leah Durant also represents those who have suffered shoulder injuries as a result of receiving a flu shot, or any other vaccine. Individuals can be injured by the method that the flu vaccine is administered, not just by the contents of the vaccine. Flu shots are generally administered using needles and if administered improperly, can cause damage to the shoulder. Compensation is available from the Vaccine Injury Fund if your flu shot has caused a shoulder injury. If your doctor has diagnosed you with shoulder pain, adhesive capsulitis, torn rotator cuff, bursitis or tendonitis after receiving a flu shot, or any other vaccination, you should contact the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC, immediately.

If you have suffered from a negative flu shot reaction, Guillain-Barre Syndrome , shoulder pain, or any other illness subsequent to receiving a flu shot, please contact us today. Vaccine attorney Leah Durant is available to provide you with a free telephone consultation. This vaccine attorney is a seasoned litigator whose practice is dedicated to serving those injured by vaccines.

Little Known Facts about Flu Vaccines

Flu vaccines are comprised of different strains each year. There are many flu viruses, many more than a single vaccine could protect against. Each year, scientists from the Center For Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration attempt to determine what vaccine strains will be prevalent during the following flu season. Flu vaccines are then manufactured based on those educated guesses. Consequently, the influenza vaccine ingredients can vary from year to year. Some years, the flu vaccine is more effective than others in preventing individuals from suffering with the flu vaccine.

Is the flu vaccine safe for the general public?

Seasonal flu season can run from as early as October to as late as May. Not everyone should receive a flu shot. Those who have allergies to eggs should consult with their physician before receiving a flu vaccine. In addition, people who have previously suffered from a severe allergic reaction after receiving the flu shot should generally avoid vaccination. It is also recommended that those who are suffering from a moderate to severe illness, with or without fever, should wait until they have recovered before receiving their flu vaccination. People who have had Guillain-Barre Syndrome should not receive a flu shot without consulting with their physician. If you have received a flu shot and developed Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) or the more chronic form Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) in the days or weeks later should contact the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant PLLC today. Vaccine cases involving flu vaccine and GBS/CIDP are common and are often successful. Compensation can be awarded for past and future medical care, pain and suffering lost wages. In addition, any Medicaid liens can be discharged. The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program pays for your attorney, not the client who has suffered from GBS or CIDP so call the Law office of Leah V. Durant, PLLC today.

Generally Accepted Side Effects Resulting From the Flu Shot

You cannot get the flu from receiving a flu shot. However, there are some medically accepted side effects. These include serious disease processes such as Guillain-Barre Syndrome, or GBS. Other recognized side effects include permanent shoulder injuries related to the administration of the vaccine, also known as SIRVA. Less serious symptoms such as runny nose, wheezing, headaches, vomiting, muscle aches, cough, sore throat, and fever have all been reported after flu vaccines. Allergic reactions, particularly for those who have severe egg allergies, have also been associated with flu vaccines. As with any vaccine, receiving a flu shot can result in soreness, swelling and redness at the injection site.

Finding the Right Lawyer to Handle Your Vaccine Case

Congress enacted the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 in order to compensate people who suffer from injuries after receiving vaccines. On October 1, 1988, the Act created the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program to establish an adequate supply of vaccines, stabilize vaccine costs, and to establish and maintain an accessible forum to hear the claims of those who were injured by vaccines. Those who have been injured by a flu vaccine, or any other vaccine, must file a claim with the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, DC, also referred to as the “Vaccine Court.” Compensation is paid to individuals who demonstrate that their injury was due to a vaccine. The Court has specialized rules and procedures which are unique to vaccine litigation lawsuits. Most lawyers are not familiar with the specialized rules and procedures which govern vaccine proceedings at the Vaccine Court, and most lawyers are not even admitted to practice at the Court of Federal Claims.

Leah Durant has been admitted to practice at Court of Federal Claims since 2008. Her office is located literally steps away from the Vaccine Court. Her practice specializes in vaccine claims and she represents clients from all over the country. Because the Court of Federal Claims has national jurisdiction over all vaccine matters, Vaccine Attorney Leah Durant can represent you at the Court no matter in which of the 50 states or U.S. territories you reside. Few law firms understands vaccine litigation at the Vaccine Court better than the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC.

Vaccine lawsuits are claims against a government-administered fund and this fund also pays for the services of vaccine attorneys like Leah Durant. In other words, vaccine attorneys provide their services at no cost to the vaccine-injured person. The Court decides the amount of fees and costs to which your vaccine attorney is entitled and this amount is separate and apart from the amount awarded to claimants for their vaccine injuries. There is no contingency arrangement permitted and the vaccine attorney’s fees are entirely determined by a judge or special master of the Court of Federal Claims and paid from the government-administered trust fund.

If you or a loved one has experienced an adverse reaction to the flu vaccine, including but not limited to Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, or shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (also known as SIRVA), you are encouraged to call the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC, immediately to discuss your case. Compensation may be available for your vaccine injury and no one will handle you case more efficiently and professionally than the vaccine attorney at the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC. Contact us at 202-775-9200 or by emailing You may also use the form below.



About Leah Durant

Leah Durant is a former U.S. Department of Justice trial attorney who specializes in vaccine injury claims covered by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. These cases are filed before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (more commonly known as the “vaccine court”) in Washington, DC, where she has been admitted to practice since 2008. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Leah Durant is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park and received her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. Leah Durant’s legal practice concentrates on litigating complex vaccine injury and medical related cases. She has an extensive legal background and has experience representing individuals with complex medical claims.


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