Hepatitis B Vaccination, Nerve Diseases Not Related

June 5, 2002

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Contrary to several consumers' groups voiced concerns, a federally funded scientific panel has found no evidence to link nerve diseases to hepatitis B vaccinations.

The panel recommended further research, but concluded there is no proof the vaccine causes neurological diseases in infants. Some groups have questioned whether the vaccines were responsible for specific neurological disorders, including transverse myelitis and Guillain-Barre syndrome. Both disorders reportedly cause muscle weakness and loss of reflexes. Guillian-Barre was reportedly previously linked to a 1976 vaccine against swine flu.

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