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Vaccines Not to Blame for Onset of Guillain-Barré Syndrome: A Study

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Vaccines, including those used in protecting against influenza, do not put a person at increased risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome despite wide-spread concerns, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Disease.

The retrospective study spanned 13 years starting in 1994 and included 415 confirmed cases of individuals with Guillain-Barré syndrome - only 25 percent of which had received any vaccine in the six weeks prior to the onset of the disease.

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