Four Nottinghamshire men aged between 20 and 57 have developed a condition that can cause paralysis and can even be life-threatening shortly after taking the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine. The condition, called Guillain-Barré Syndrome, has also been found in people who have had the AZ vaccine in Australia and India. The MailOnline has more.
All four cases were spotted in the Nottingham area, where around 700,000 people have had the AZ coronavirus jab.
British health chiefs have yet to offer a public breakdown of how many cases of the syndrome have been spotted in vaccine recipients across the entire country…
Cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome after AstraZeneca’s vaccine were described in two separate studies in the journal Annals of Neurology.
The complication – normally triggered by an infection – usually occurs in around one in 100,000 people in the U.K. and U.S..
But doctors in India who also uncovered the link say it was occurring up to 10 times more than expected.
One of the articles published in the journal broke down the cases spotted in Nottingham, which all occurred within ten days of each other.
Symptoms began 11 to 22 days after the first jab and all of the four men were aged between 20 and 57.
One had no relevant medical history. The three others had ulcerative colitis, asthma and high blood pressure.
None had been infected with Covid. They were treated with antibodies and steroid pills.
Dr Christopher Allen, a Clinical Neuroscientist at Nottingham University, who wrote the article, admitted they cannot be certain the jab caused the neurological illness and it could have happened by chance.
But it demonstrates the need for “robust post-vaccination surveillance”, he said…
The second paper by neurologists at the Aster Medcity hospital in Kochi, Kerala, identified seven cases of severe Guillain-Barré syndrome.
They were struck down within a fortnight of receiving the first AstraZeneca vaccine.
Lead author Dr Boby Varkey Maramattom said rates of the condition were between 1.4 and 10-fold higher than would normally be expected.
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