Can Vaccines Cause Autoimmune Disorders?

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Vaccines are generally labeled as safe by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t side effects that could drastically affect your life. These vaccinations are available for a wide range of diseases, including the common flu, Hepatitis, measles, polio, and many others. If you’re considering one of these vaccines for yourself or someone you love, you should do your research before deciding if the potential risk is worth the vaccination. In almost every case, the risk of vaccination is lower than risks associated with forgoing vaccination, but there are certain complications that, while rare, could spell trouble.

Just because a vaccine is available doesn’t mean it must be administered. Many people who choose not to vaccinate themselves against the new strain of flu that emerges every year or so do not ever contract the disease. Some experts will claim this is due to herd immunity, or the prevalence of vaccination rates in the rest of the population that prevents the disease from spreading to those who aren’t protected. While this is certainly a contributing factor, it’s also possible that a person’s natural immune system could be strong enough to fight off disease without the need for vaccination. Ironically, if you do opt for vaccination, it’s also possible that the vaccine might cause any number of autoimmune disorders.

Some experts still debate what causes these autoimmune disorders to develop, but a large portion believe vaccines might play a role. If you are considering vaccination, ask your doctor if there are any risks or side effects that you need to know about. Those who are curious about the subject and have questions about autoimmune disorders can find answers to the most common questions about these conditions below.

Vaccine-Related Autoimmune Disorders FAQ

What is an Autoimmune Disorder?

Autoimmune disorders are diseases that affect the immune system of the human body. These conditions cause the body to have a heightened immune system response, which means the body actually starts attacking its own tissues. In some cases, immune system diseases could result in low immune system activity, which is referred to as immune deficiency.

With autoimmune diseases, the body’s overactive immune response causes damage to tissues that the body mistakenly believes are foreign. It’s believed that vaccines have the ability to trigger autoimmune diseases since they are designed to train the immune system to fight a specific target. If a vaccine continuously activates the immune system against a threat that doesn’t really exist, the body can experience the damage the immune system meant for the disease.

What immune diseases are linked to vaccines?

Immune disorders encompass a wide range of conditions, and a lot of those conditions are linked to vaccines. Some of them include:

  • Chronic Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Hepatitis
  • Connective Tissue Disorder
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Lupus
  • Kawasaki Disease
  • Guillain Barre Syndrome
  • Neuromyelitis Optica
  • Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura

What vaccinations are thought to cause immune conditions?

Immune deficiency and autoimmune conditions are thought to be connected to a number of vaccinations. A few of those vaccines that scientists believe are linked to immune conditions include:

  • Flu Shots
  • HPV Vaccines
  • Tetanus Shots
  • Hepatitis A & B Vaccines

What are my options if I’m experiencing an immune disorder after a vaccination?

In some cases, you might be entitled to compensation for developing an immune condition after a vaccination. The federal government’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program offers financial relief without filing any lawsuit against the medical institution that issued the vaccine.

Learn more about Vaccine Related Autoimmune Disorders.

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