Local doctor weighs in on reports of immune system disorder after J&J vaccine

DELMARVA- The food and drug administration added a new warning about a rare neurological reaction to the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

The FDA said they reviewed reports of about 100 people developing Guillain Barre Syndrome after receiving the one-dose vaccine.

The syndrome is an immune system disorder that can cause muscle weakness and occasionally paralysis.

A local doctor at TidalHealth said this is something that’s been seen before in a variety of infections and vaccines.

He says while Guillain Barre Syndrome can be concerning for people and the possible side effects associated are not something to dismiss getting the COVID-19 vaccine is still beneficial.

“I think you do have to take it in consideration the benefit versus the risk of the vaccine itself and I pointed out the benefit is substantial versus the risk that to say you dont want to minimize that there are complications and there are side effects to even the vaccines,” Dr. James Trumble, VP Clinical Integration at TidalHealth, said.

Dr. Trumble said on a weekly basis in the United States we are seeing 50 to 100 cases of Guillain Barre Syndrome every week, and this was true before COVID-19 vaccines.

He added that while the syndrome does have substantial risks, like death, there are treatments.

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