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CALIFORNIA: No Link Found Between Vaccines, Guillain-Barre Syndrome


Chicago Tribune (05.24.2013) Aids Weekly Plus

After reviewing 13 years of data, researchers led by Dr. Roger Baxter of the Vaccine Study Center at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif. found no evidence of a link between being vaccinated for tetanus, hepatitis, pneumonia, or flu and developing Guillain-Barré syndrome, a disorder in which a person’s immune cells attack the protective coating on nerve fibers. The disease may lead to paralysis, which is usually temporary. The full report, “Lack of Association of Guillain-Barré Syndrome with Vaccinations,” was published online in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases (2013; doi: 10.1093/cid/cit222).


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