Luci Baines Johnson, the youngest daughter of former President Lyndon B. Johnson, was admitted to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota Friday for a suspected case ofÂ Guillain-BarrÃ© Syndrome. Â While instances ofÂ Guillain-BarrÃ© Syndrome (also known as GBS) are rare, occuring in only 1-2 people per 100,000, the disease can become quite serious, affecting the nervous system and causing paralysis in extreme cases.
What does this mean for the average person? Â What contributes to the onset of this potentially devastating disease? Â While evidence for a conclusive link is scarce, some researchers believe there is a link between the influenza vaccinations (both the seasonal and H1N1) and the onset ofÂ Guillain-BarrÃ© Syndrome. Â After the first mass-vaccination effort against H1N1 in 1976, hundreds receiving the vaccine came down with and were subsequently diagnosed with GBS, with some of those cases being fatal. Â While this past year's H1N1 vaccinations did not show a similar trend, I erred on the side of caution, having been pregnant this past flu season, and opted to not get the vaccination.
Did you feel comfortable getting the vaccination? Â Did you, with or without reservation, give it to your children?
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