Guillain-Barré Syndrome Basics
Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) is a disease characterized by muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. GBS can last for weeks to months. Most people eventually recover completely or nearly completely, but some people have permanent nerve damage and between about two percent of people who develop GBS die. GBS affects people of both sexes and all ages, and has been reported in all races.
- CDC: Seasonal Flu and Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)
GBS is often preceded by an infection such as Campylobacter jejuni . Some studies also show a possible connection between influenza vaccination and GBS.
- CDC: H1N1 Fact Sheet: Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)
Getting GBS from a vaccination is very rare, and CDC has many systems to identify GBS cases.