The government has agreed to end the requirement for shielding guidance for people previously considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable. People previously considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable will not be advised to shield again, as the government agrees to end the requirement for centralised guidance for these groups following expert clinical advice. The closure […] Read More
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Acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (AIDP), characterized by the autoimmune destruction of Schwann cells with resultant myelin degradation, is the most common subtype of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS). GBS encompasses a myriad of autoimmune polyradiculoneuropathies, typically following an antecedent infectious process. Symptom onset is typically 1-3 weeks following an upper respiratory or gastrointestinal illness and consists of […] Read More
Should someone who has had GBS unrelated to COVID-19 vaccination have a COVID-19 vaccination? Yes, they should be vaccinated as recommended for their age and risk group. A causal link between COVID-19 vaccination and GBS has not been proven and there is no evidence of a higher rate of reporting of GBS following COVID-19 vaccination in individuals who have previously had GBS. Hence, the balance of risk benefit is in […] Read More
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We would like to inform you that we have updated the product information for Vaxzevria (formerly known as COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca). Following a review of the available data, a precautionary warning about Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) has been included in the Summary of Product Characteristics and Patient Information Leaflet for Vaxzevria. This is to help […] Read More
Latest update on the vaccine from our Medical Advisors There has been no rise in cases of GBS in January to March 2021. If vaccines caused GBS at a frequency of 1:100000 or more, we would have seen a doubling in cases. If the rate were 1 per million doses, we might only just see […] Read More
Vaccine Roll Outs: Tragedy and Triumph Dan Snow’s History Hit Paul Offit is on the US Food and Drug Administration’s advisory panel on vaccines. He talked Dan through the history of massive public vaccination programmes in the US, starting with the unprecedented campaign against Polio in 1955. During that vaccination 200,000 children were a form […] Read More
Government removes ban on UK-sourced blood plasma for the manufacture of immunoglobulins. Thousands of NHS patients to benefit from innovative medicines made from plasma Decision follows recommendation from expert scientists that the treatments are safe Thousands more critically-ill patients will soon be able to benefit from life-saving treatments made from UK-sourced blood plasma, as the […] Read More
Side effects are a natural part of the vaccination process. Not everyone will experience them. But the two COVID-19 vaccines cleared for emergency use in the United States, made by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, already have reputations for raising the hackles of the immune system: In both companies’ clinical trials, at least a third of the volunteers […] Read More