Paralysis is the complete loss of muscle function for one or more muscle groups. Major causes are stroke, physical and chemical traumas, poliomyelitis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), botulism, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Paralysis is most often caused by damage to the nervous system and often includes loss of feeling in the affected area.

Paralysis may be localized, or generalized, or it may follow a certain pattern. For example, localized paralysis occurs in Bell’s palsy where one side of the face may be paralyzed due to inflammation of the facial nerve on that side. Patients with paraplegia or quadriplegia often use equipment such as a wheelchair or standing frame for mobility and to regain some independence.

Vaccination has been verified in scientific documentation to cause numerous cases of paralysis. Vaccine-related paralysis often comes in the form of Guillain Barre syndrome, but often the cause is not known.