Reply To: GBS not from flu shot

October 24, 2013 at 2:54 am

Spencer, the common flu virus should not trigger the GBS. There is always a chance that you could get GBS again. But your chance is no greater than if you never had GBS.

In my case, the GBS was triggered by a virus that mimicked my nerve fibers. My autoimmune system responded by producing antibodies to kill-off the virus, and the antibodies killed-off my nerve fibers too.

It is extremely rare to get that kind of virus (such as cytomegalovirus and Epstein Barr virus). The chances of getting the virus from the common flu here in the U.S. or Hawaii are probably 1 in 1,000,000. You would have a better chance of getting hit by lightening or winning the lottery!