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Guillain-Barre Syndrome (Flu GBS)

When Can Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) Be Linked to a Flu Shot?

Guillain-Barre Syndrome (also called “GBS” and “Guillain Barre”) is a rare autoimmune disorder that presently has no known cause and no known cure. However, there is a recognized link between Guillain Barre and the flu shot. Guillain Barre is an “on table” injury for the flu shot under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), and we have helped many individuals file successful Guillain Barre flu shot claims.

So, when can Guillain-Barre Syndrome be linked to a flu shot?

Timing is a Critical Factor for Linking Guillain Barre to a Flu Shot

For purposes of filing a VICP claim, timing is a critical factor for linking Guillain Barre to a flu shot. Under the VICP, an injury or illness is presumed to be vaccine-related if a vaccine recipient’s symptoms onset within the timeframe prescribed by the Vaccine Injury Table.

The Vaccine Injury Table states that Guillain Barre is presumed to result from a flu shot if, “[the] time period for first symptom or manifestation of onset. . . after vaccine administration” is:

  • Not less than three days; and,
  • Not more than 42 days.

In other words, if symptoms of Guillain Barre onset immediately or within the first two days following administration of a flu shot, or if symptoms appear after 42 days, then it is not presumed to be vaccine-related. This does not necessarily mean that compensation is unavailable, although it does mean that a vaccine recipient would need proof of causation in order to file a successful claim under the VICP.

Proving the Timing of Guillain Barre Symptoms

Given the importance of timing, individuals who have concerns about Guillain Barre following a flu shot should take steps to document the onset of their symptoms. Principally, this involves seeing a doctor promptly for a diagnosis. Medical records are essential for pursuing a successful VICP claim; and, if your doctor diagnoses you with GBS within the 3-42 day window, this should be strong evidence in support of your claim.

Of course, seeking a prompt diagnosis is important for protecting your health as well. While the effects of Guillain-Barre Syndrome vary greatly between patients, GBS can potentially have serious and long-term complications. Although there is currently no known cure for GBS, treatment options are available, and starting treatment promptly can minimize patients’ risks in some cases. If you are able to file a successful VICP claim, your award should cover the costs of your treatment—in addition to providing compensation for your loss of earnings and your pain and suffering.

Speak with a Lawyer about Filing a Guillain Barre Flu Shot Claim

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome after receiving a flu shot, we strongly recommend that you speak with a lawyer. Our firm represents individuals and families in VICP claims nationwide, and we provide legal representation at no cost to our clients. To speak with national vaccine lawyer Leah V. Durant about your legal rights, call 202-800-1711 or request an appointment online today.

Leah Durant Bio

Experienced litigation attorney Leah Durant focuses on representing clients in complex vaccine litigation matters. Leah Durant is the owner and principal attorney of the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC, a litigation firm based in Washington, DC. Leah Durant and her staff represent clients and their families who suffer from vaccine-related injuries, adverse vaccine reactions and vaccine-related deaths. The Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC is dedicated to assisting individuals in recovering the highest level of compensation as quickly and efficiently as possible. To learn more, contact vaccine attorney Leah Durant today.

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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