GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME FOLLOWING VACCINATION IN THE NATIONAL INFLUENZA IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM

UNITED STATES, 1976–19771

Oxford Journals
American Journal of Epidemiology

LAWRENCE B. SCHONBERGER, DENNIS J. BREGMAN, JOHN Z SULLIVAN-BOLYAI, RICHARD A. KEENLYSIDE, DONALD W. ZIEGLER, HENRY F. RETAILLIAU, DONALD L EDDINS and JOHN A. BRYAN

Because of an increase in the number of reports of Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) following A/New Jersey influenza vaccination, the National Influenza Immunization Program was suspended December 16, 1976 and nationwide surveillance for GBS was begun. This surveillance uncovered a total of 1098 patients with onset of GBS from October 1, 1976, to January 31, 1977, from all 50 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. A total of 532 patients had recently received an A/New Jersey influenza vaccination prior to their onset of GBS (vaccinated cases), and 15 patients received a vaccination after their onset of GBS.

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