Vaccines can trigger autoimmune disorders. Your body’s immune system works in careful balance. Despite tremendous progress, this beautiful system is not entirely understood. What is known is that the body’s immune system is constantly creating autoimmunity, but the system keeps it in check. Sometimes an event like vaccination can throw this system out of whack creating autoimmunity.
There are some people who think you must have a genetic predisposition to develop autoimmunity, yet others do not think a genetic factor is necessary. However, Vaccines are one of the most effective preventative measures against infections and viruses. They have led to the elimination of smallpox and poliomyelitis in countries worldwide. Moreover, their global use has reduced the spread of common and severe infectious diseases associated with high mortality.
Despite these evident benefits, vaccines are often the topics of conflicted discussions. The recent correlation between autoimmune disorders and vaccines around the world is one area of discussion.
General concerns about protection and safety are the primary reasons for concern about vaccines.
Autoimmune Disorders: Causes & Symptoms
An autoimmune disorder occurs when the immune system attacks healthy cells by mistake. In response to an unfamiliar trigger, the immune system starts producing antibodies that, instead of protecting the body or fighting viruses, attack its own tissues. More than 80 types of autoimmune disorders have been identified.
Here are the most common types:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
In the case of RA, the immune system attacks the joints and connective tissues, which may cause soreness, redness, and stiffness. If left untreated, RA causes permanent joint damage that decreases the patient’s ability to walk and move comfortably. Oral or injectable medications can reduce immune system overactivity and relieve the RA symptoms.
When the body attacks its nerve system, the symptoms may include headaches, poor coordination, blindness, and muscle spasms. The disease comes in multiple forms that progress at rates that vary from patient to patient.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
IBD causes inflammation of the intestinal wall. Two types of IBD that cause inflammation are ulcerative colitis, which affects the colon, and Crohn’s disease, which attacks the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Oral immune-suppressing drugs can control IBD.
GB syndrome attacks the nerves controlling the muscles in the upper and lower body. The first symptoms are weakness in the muscle joints, followed by the inability to walk or even move. Plasmapheresis, or filtering the blood, is the main treatment for this syndrome.
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (HT)
In this disorder, thyroid production slows and may lead to thyroid hormone development, also known as hypothyroidism. Common symptoms are weight gain, constipation, depression, and fatigue. Consuming daily oral medications restores cell production and normalizes body functions.
The exact cause of autoimmune disorders is still unknown. One possible reason is that microorganisms or drugs may trigger certain changes that misinform and confuse the immune system. Another theory is that some people have genes that make them susceptible to an autoimmune disorder.
While the symptoms differ between patients, an autoimmune disorder may cause severe consequences, such as the destruction of healthy body tissues, changes in organ function, and unusual growth of an organ.
Depending on the type of disorder, the disease may affect one or more organs and tissues, including skin, red blood cells, joints, muscles, thyroid, connective tissues, and blood vessels.
Hemolytic anemia is a condition where the body attacks blood cells that carry oxygen to other parts of the body. People who develop hemolytic anemia experience fatigue, dizziness, weakness, fever, and confusion. They will have dark urine, yellowing of the skin and eyes, an enlarged spleen, and liver.
Macrophagic Myofasciitis (MMF)
Macrophagic myofasciitis is an inflammatory condition that affects the muscles. The first sign of MMF is generally muscle pain with chronic, debilitating fatigue. The muscle pain primarily affects the legs and its made worse by exertion. Some macrophagic myofasciitis suffers have joint pain and persistent fever. Diagnosis of MMF is based on a surgical biopsy of the deltoid muscle.
Juvenile dermatomyositis is an inflammatory disease of the muscle, skin, and blood vessels. This condition causes the victim to lose strength, usually when they have an infection. The body attacks the muscles causing profound weakness. Children with JDM can have difficulty getting out of a chair or difficulty turning over in bed. Some JDM sufferers can have severe symptoms including profound weakness or difficulty swallowing. Children often develop rash or skin changes ranging from mild redness to more severe ulcer formation. Sadaka Associates has successfully linked the MMR vaccine to this debilitating condition and was able to get him compensation.
Systemic Juvenile Arthritis (SJIA)
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is the most common type of arthritis in kids and teens. About 10% – 20% of children with JIA have a rare and serious subtype called systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (SJIA). “Systemic” means it may affect not only the joints but other parts of the body, including the liver, lungs and heart. SJIA, sometimes referred to as Still’s disease, can occur any time during childhood, but it most commonly starts at about two years of age. Boys and girls are equally affected. SJIA also differs from other subtypes in that it’s the only one considered an auto-inflammatory rather than autoimmune disease. SJIA is more severe and can be more challenging to diagnose and treat than other types of juvenile idiopathic arthritis. It is a lifelong disease for many patients and can continue into adulthood.
Thrombocytopenia is any disorder in which there are not enough platelets. Platelets are cells in the blood that help blood to clot. This condition is sometimes associated with abnormal bleeding. Thrombocytopenia is often divided into three major causes of low platelets: low production of platelets in the bone marrow; increased breakdown of platelets in the bloodstream (called intravascular); and increased breakdown of platelets in the spleen or liver (called extravascular).
Juvenile Inflammatory Myopathy
The juvenile idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (JIIM) are a group of rare, chronic, autoimmune illnesses that affect muscle and, to a lesser extent, skin. The presence of new-onset weakness and, in juvenile dermatomyositis, typical rashes, should lead to consideration of these diagnoses. Careful evaluation to exclude alternative diagnoses is needed. Investigations include a variety of blood tests, imaging, and possibly muscle biopsy. Validated clinical assessments are available for monitoring. Standard treatment includes corticosteroids and methotrexate and often extends beyond 1 year. Outcomes are generally good, but disease persistence remains problematic. Early involvement of providers with expertise in JIIM is essential. Juvenile Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathies – PubMed (nih.gov)
Autoimmune Disorders Caused By Vaccines
With the increased manifestation of autoimmune disorders comes a curiosity about what may be triggering them. Do vaccines cause autoimmune disorders?
The potential connections of autoimmune diseases and vaccines have become a common discussion, and questions are often raised concerning the potential risk of autoimmune disease after vaccination.
What vaccines cause autoimmune disorders?
The recognition that some autoimmune disorder symptoms occur after vaccination leads to the theory that they are connected. Some researchers have speculated that:
- Hepatitis B increases or worsens the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. (There is no actual evidence of this research.)
- Swine flu vaccine causes Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
While there is no evidence that vaccines cause autoimmune disorders, doctors continue to examine this topic using epidemiological and crossover studies. In some situations, medical experts and researchers use case studies to understand patients’ experiences with certain conditions.
What are the risks of immune disorders from vaccination?
If you are concerned about yourself or your loved one being vaccinated against hepatitis, flu, MMR, or any other common condition, you might familiarize yourself with potential side effects. While the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that vaccination is safe, many vaccines are known to have connections with rare but potentially fatal medical conditions.
What should I do if I get a vaccine and now I’m experiencing immune disorders?
If you or your loved ones have any symptoms of an autoimmune disorder after vaccination, you may be entitled to compensation under the government’s National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). The VICP provides patients an opportunity to obtain no-fault compensation without having to file a traditional lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company or a hospital.
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