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Does Hepatitis vaccine cause Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)?

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Does Hepatitis B vaccine cause Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)?Can't find a definitive answer
Submitted: 11 months ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Ravoof replied 11 months ago.

Dear customer,

Thanks for your question.

Please read the below linked document from WHO which clearly states that there is no causal relationship between hepatitis B vaccine and GBS.

http://www.who.int/vaccine_safety/initiative/tools/Hep_B_Vaccine_rates_information_sheet.pdf

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Expert:  Dr. Ravoof replied 11 months ago.

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
It says "A review of case reports of adverse events and positive re-challenge of symptoms after hepatitis B vaccination has been
interpreted as suggesting that vaccination could cause or trigger GBS in certain susceptible vaccine recipients (Geier et al., 2004).Also here it says "The temporal relationship between GBS and hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination was suggestive of a vaccine-induced cause."
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15638054
Expert:  Dr. Ravoof replied 11 months ago.

Dear customer,

These are all case reports and not studies. Based on large number of studies WHO has concluded that there is no causal relationship between hepatitis B vaccine and GBS, and you may find this in the above linked document from WHO.

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
what about this then, "vaccination could cause or trigger GBS in certain susceptible vaccine recipients (Geier et al., 2004)". So it's possible but not highly likely right?
Expert:  Dr. Ravoof replied 11 months ago.

Dear customer,

Yes there have been case reports, but causality has not been established.

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Expert:  Dr. Ravoof replied 11 months ago.

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