As part of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, the United States government created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). The VICP is a no-fault alternative to the traditional tort system for processing vaccine injury compensation requests. Continue Reading
With increasing vaccine injury fears and the growing anti-vaccination movement, it is easy to forget the good that vaccines have done in eradicating disease from society. A new collection of artwork commissioned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is designed to remind people of the important role vaccines continue to play.
The Art of Saving a Life showcases the talents of 30 renowned artists including actress Mia Farrow and photographer Annie Leibovitz as well as international painters, sculptors, photographers, writers and musicians whose inspiration pieces demonstrate the positive effect vaccines have had on human history.
Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) is a paralyzing autoimmune disorder that develops when the immune system attacks the nerves. GBS symptoms can start out mild but can lead to paralysis, or in extreme cases, death.
Guillain-Barre symptoms include:
- Weakness or tingling sensations
- Difficulty walking
- Severe pain in lower back
- Difficulty with eye or facial movement
- Difficulty breathing, speaking or swallowing
- Difficulty with bladder control or intestinal function
- Increased heart rate
The exact cause of GBS is unknown, but the condition is often preceded by an infection or stomach flu, according to the Mayo Clinic.