H1N1 flu shot may slightly raise risk of Guillain-Barre syndrome

03/14/2013 | HealthDay News

People who received the H1N1 influenza vaccine in 2009 are at a slightly higher risk than the general population for developing Guillain-Barre syndrome, according to a study published in The Lancet. Researchers looked at data from 23 million Americans who got the H1N1 flu shot during the 2009 outbreak and found that 77 developed Guillain-Barre syndrome within 91 days of receiving the vaccine. The vaccine prevented up to 1.5 million cases of flu and as many as 500 deaths, lead researcher Dr. Daniel Salmon said.

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