Reply To: Pneumonia Vaccine

March 4, 2012 at 2:46 am

The truth is that the incidence of GBS and CIDP is the same for people who have been vaccinated for influenza and those who have not. There are studies cited elsewhere on this forum which show that. That does not mean that a flu vaccine cannot trigger acquired neuropathies, but that persons who can acquire a neuropathy in that way are equally susceptible to acquiring it from the virus in the environment. The common factor is the susceptibility of the individual.

It certainly isn’t necessary to have an immunization to develop CIDP. I have never had a flu shot (but not because I have any opposition to them), and I had no vaccines of any kind for several years before developing CIDP. My case was not caused by an immunization.