Nevada Man Diagnosed With Guillain-Barré Syndrome After Getting Flu Shot

Nevada Man Diagnosed With Guillain-Barré Syndrome After Getting Flu Shot

Shane Morgan of Las Vegas, Nevada was vaccinated against influenza on Nov. 2, 2018. Within 36 hours, he began exhibiting symptoms of influenza. “About 36 hours after he got the flu shot he started to get sick,” said Mr. Morgan’s wife, Monique.

After a week of being ill at home, Mr. Morgan told  his wife that he could not feel his legs and arms and that she should to take him to the hospital. “He’s like I can’t feel my legs… I need you to take me to the emergency room,” said Mrs. Morgan.1

Mr. Morgan, who had previously been “perfectly healthy,” was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of Centennial Hills Hospital in Las Vegas on Nov. 14, where he was placed on a ventilator and feeding tube. Doctors diagnosed him as having Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS).1 2

“I never dreamed that any of this could ever happen,” said Mr. Morgan.2

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states the most common side effects of the influenza vaccine are soreness, redness and/or swelling at the injection site, headache, fever, nausea and muscle aches and that, as with any vaccine, more serious adverse effects may occur and could include fainting, high fever or behavioral changes. The CDC advises watching out for post-vaccination signs of a severe allergic reaction, which may include difficulty breathing, hoarseness or wheezing, swelling around the eyes or lips, hives, paleness, weakness, rapid heart beat or dizzines.3

The CDC admits that GBS is also a potential risk associated with the seasonal influenza vaccine.3 GBS is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the peripheral nervous system (the network of nerves located outside of the brain and spinal cord), resulting in muscle weakness, sometimes paralysis and breathing difficulties, which in rare cases may lead to death.4 5

Although most people recover from GBS, some retain residual symptoms such as excessive fatigue, sensory disturbances, muscle weakness, and chronic pain.GBS was added to the Vaccine Injury Table (VIT) of the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) created under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 in March 2017.6 The VIT states that “For each subtype of GBS, the interval between the first appearance of symptoms and the nadir of weakness is between 12 hours and 28 days. This is followed in all subtypes by a clinical plateau with stabilization at the nadir of symptoms, or subsequent improvement without significant relapse. Death may occur without a clinical plateau.”  

In addition to seasonal influenza vaccines, GBS has also been reported as a potential side effect of other vaccines including Merck & Co.’s live attenuated MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) II vaccine, as well as hepatitis B, meningococcal polysaccharide, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) and polio vaccines.7 8


1 Barker T. UPDATE: Former Wyoming County Man Hospitalized After Getting A Flu Shot. WOAY TV Nov. 18, 2018.
2 Hart G. Las Vegas man blames flu shot for triggering rare disorder. WEAR TV Nov. 30, 2018.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Flu Vaccine Safety Information. Oct. 23, 2018.
CDC. Guillain-Barré syndrome and Flu Vaccine. Nov. 2, 2017.
National Institutes of Health. Guillain-Barré Syndrome Fact Sheet. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke June, 2018.
6 Vaccine Injury Compensation Program Vaccine Injury Table. Revised Mar. 21, 2017.
7 Merck & Co. Recombivax HB Hepatitis B Vaccine (Recombinant).
8 Vernon N, Jhaveri P. Adverse Effects of Adolescent ImmunizationsThe Journal of the American Osteopathic Association March 2014; 114: S13-S17.

6 Responses to "Nevada Man Diagnosed With Guillain-Barré Syndrome After Getting Flu Shot"

  1. Elizabeth Ann (Jan) Patterson   December 6, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    We can beg, we can implore, we can publish, we can educate, we can holler and we can denounce, ut the propaganda is too strong & people resist the truth- it is maddening! So like The Glorious Gospel, u wonder, how cld anyone refuse this marvellous gift? All sin forgiven, eternal life with The Father, through The Blood of Jesus, so simple, but: it is often pressure exerted….otherwise, a mystery,: we cld all be SAVED, or well, no vaccine….

  2. Robert L . Wachsmuth sr .   December 6, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Using VACCINE INJURED Infants and Babies as a PROFIT MAKING SCAM.
    CDC Falsified documents of DEATH AND MUTILATION.

    Doctors Killing off my Family.
    Done By the American Murder by Association.
    Doctors Killing for a Living

  3. Andrea   December 6, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    I’m not at all surprised yet the majority of the public has been brain washed into thinking these are harmless shots that prevent illness. Obviously our government and these companies don’t mind getting people sick or worse.

  4. Vicki H   December 6, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    My brother-in-law asked the doctor to submit an adverse reaction to the government when my sister got GBS last year. The doctor seemed surprised like it had not even crossed his mind. At the hospital, the staff said they regularly get people there with this illness because they got the flu vaccine. My sister was told to never get the vaccine again for the rest of her life. Luckily she survived with minimal effects although the recovery was slow and painful. Until the doctors and hospitals submit data to the government with the true rate of side effects and adverse reactions, people will continue to believe that they are safe.

  5. Nannette   December 8, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    My husband was diagnosed with GBS while cruising in Australia
    . With 24 hours he was on a respirator and paralyzed. He spent 21/2 weeks in the hospital in Australia, 2 weeks s state side, one week on a step down ward and Several months at the Pollytrama center at the VA. All of this happened in 2016. He was in and out of the hospital in 2016 & 2017. Fortunately in 2018 there has been no hospital visits. My husband is a retired RN. He basically saved his own life by tell the ER doctor he thought the symptoms mirrored those of GBS. He had not had a flu shot when all of happened. And yes, he was told he could never have a flu shot.

  6. Bilbo Baggins   December 9, 2018 at 12:07 am

    some medical org tried to sweet talk me into vaccination….they got pist when I asked them for the contra indications


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