Anaphalaxis / Anaphylactic Shock

Anaphylactic shock — an intense and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction also known as anaphylaxis — can occur when adults or children have been exposed to an allergen in a vaccine. This serious condition causes the body’s immune system to go haywire. More often than not, vaccine reactions are mild to moderate and clear up without further complications.

What vaccine causes it?

Any vaccine can cause anaphylaxis. And, the reaction may not even result from the viral or bacterial strains included in the vaccine. Proteins from vaccine production, preservatives, or gelatins used to stabilize the vaccine may also cause anaphylaxis.

What are the symptoms?

Signs of a reaction often include:

  • Blue or purple skin
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Low blood pressure
  • Swelling in the throat, windpipe, and vocal chords
  • Death due to obstructed airways and circulatory collapse

Autopsies may show evidence of acute emphysema and small amounts of eosinophilia — the elevation of a white blood cell that fights certain illnesses — in the liver, spleen, and lungs. However, no precise way exists to diagnose anaphylaxis in an autopsy.

When do symptoms appear?

Symptoms usually begin to appear within minutes, though can take up to a few hours after a vaccination.

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We can help you or a loved one move past the trauma of anaphylactic shock due to a vaccine injury. Our experienced attorneys can file a claim on your behalf with the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). Along the way, you’ll gain a steadfast legal ally supporting you through the entire process. Contact us today and begin a new path forward.