From the Lupus Journal [1]:

Giant cell arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica after influenza vaccination: report of 10 cases

These 10 cases of inflammatory rheumatic diseases developed within 3 months of influenza vaccination (Inf-V). Clearly the vaccine was given to hundreds of millions worldwide, so this occurrence is very low indeed. Since that is looking at the general population, a more relevant stat would be to compare these 10 occurrences to the number of people who are susceptibile to potential function of immune adjuvants as triggers of autoimmunity post-vaccination.

Note: Adjuvants are added to vaccines to boost their efficacy


According to Medscape [2] An estimated 3% of the population in the United States is affected by a tissue-specific or systemic autoimmune disorder.  But the number of people that have not developed the diseases, but have a possible trigger, is much harder to evaluate.

People with a family member with the disease are more susceptible to it. As we quoted,  3% of the US population have an autoimmune disease, that represents 9 million people. Looking just at the genetics, assuming 10 members of their families are at higher risk, we have now 90 million people more susceptible to autoimmune disease.

10 cases reported out of 90 millions ain’t much, but if  you are at high risk…

Classen Immunotherapies [3] is more sanguine about the risk of vaccines for autoimmune diseases. The Lupus Journal result is almost reassuring in comparison.

Talk to your Doctor


  1. Lupus Journal : “Giant cell arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica after influenza vaccination: report of 10 cases”
  2. Medscape  ; “Environmental Epidemiology and Risk Factors for Autoimmune Disease” ;
  3. ; From Classen Immunotherapies ; “Vaccines alter risk of many autoimmune diseases”



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