The Flu Shot and GBS

Nikki Nobbe - Vaccine Injury AttornetyHave you been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) after having a flu shot? It is important to know that if you have suffered from GBS in the days or  weeks following a vaccination you could have a claim the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) and should discuss your situation with us.

The Mayo Clinic identifies that the influenza or childhood vaccinations can be a cause of GBS. While GBS can be caused by other health issues, the VICP, a program administered by the federal government, also recognizes that GBS following influenza vaccinations can occur, in fact it is included on the Vaccine Injury Table.  Meaning that if you had an influenza vaccination and suffered from GBS within 3 to 42 days after having your vaccination, the VICP presumes that the vaccination is the cause of your injury. If your injury resulted in inpatient hospitalization and surgical intervention or your injury lasted for six months or more, or it is anticipated you will suffer from the disorder for that length of time, you would meet the criteria for a table claim.

It is important to note that if you are diagnosed with GBS outside that time frame you may still have a claim and you should contact us. Our consultation and investigation of your claim is completely free, there is no charge for speaking with us about your case.

We have worked with many clients who have suffered from GBS and understand the toll and financial burden the injury can cause. The VICP was established to compensate individuals that suffer from this type of injury and acknowledges that vaccine reactions can, and do occur. If you are suffering from GBS as a result of a vaccination you may be eligible for compensation including lost wages, unreimbursed medical expenses, and what is called “pain and suffering” meaning compensation for all you had to endure as a result of GBS, including the pain, stress of hospital stays, grueling physical therapy and the like.

You can contact us about a possible Vaccine Injury by visiting our contact page, emailing me directly at Nnobbe@MooreHeffernanLaw.Com or calling our firm toll free at 1-844-589-2889. You can learn more about the Claim Process here and about GBS here.


The GBS/CIDP Foundation International has identified the month of May as GBS/CIDP Awareness Month. For many, until a diagnosis of this disorder is made to an individual or someone they know- most people have never heard of GBS or CIDP. As I have written about before, awareness of the Vaccine Injury Program “VICP” is very important, this includes awareness as to the types of injuries that can result from a vaccination.

“GBS” is short for Guillian-Barre Syndrome and is a disorder that causes your body’s immune system to attack and damage your nerves. CIDP, which stands for Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, is similar to GBS.  Often, symptoms include tingling and weakness in the feet and legs that spreads to the upper body, paralysis, difficulty breathing, rapid heart rate, changes in blood pressure, and difficulty with bladder control or bowel function.

While the exact cause of GBS is unknown, the medical community has identified that it usually appears after an infection. It is also accepted that it can occur after vaccinations, even noted as a possible “rare” cause by the Mayo clinic here: It is also recognized as a “table claim” by the VICP, meaning that if within three to forty-two days after receiving the seasonal flu vaccine you begin to experience symptoms of GBS, the VICP presumes that the vaccination is the cause of your injury. If you were hospitalized and required surgery or have suffered from the injury for over six months, or it is anticipated you will suffer from the disorder for that length of time, you would meet the criteria for a table claim.

We have worked on several cases involving clients who have suffered or had a child who suffered from GBS or CIDP. While we recognize that monetary awards can never take the place of what you or your loved one had to and still may have to endure as a result of their injury, the purpose of the VICP is to compensate for the suffering that has resulted and provide reimbursement for certain expenses. Compensation for expenses includes payment for unreimbursed medical expenses, and for any lost wages that were caused by your injury. In the event one cannot work again, payment for future wages may also be sought.  Our clients have received awards ranging from $100,000 to over $900,000.

If you or a loved one has received a diagnosis of GBS or CIDP and had an influenza vaccination in the weeks or months prior to that diagnosis, it is important to speak with an attorney regarding a possible claim with the VICP. We are happy to visit with you and discuss any questions about the VICP and claim process you may have and will do that, and if you would like, evaluate your case, free of charge.

You can contact us about a possible Vaccine Injury by visiting our Contact page. You can also email me directly at  And you can learn more about the NVICP and the firm’s representation of persons with possible Vaccine Injury claims by visiting the Vaccine Injury page and other articles in our Blog.

Richard Moeller - Vaccine Injury Attorney