Brain conditions, such as pressure on the brain, affect many body functions which can include thought, memory, speech, and movement.
The brain also regulates the function of many organs, and when problems occur, they can be severe. In rare cases, certain vaccines can cause brain conditions. Our vaccine injury attorneys can help you file for compensation at no cost to you.
If you believe you have experienced a vaccine injury that has affected your brain, take our free quiz to see if you’re eligible for vaccine injury compensation.
Brain and neurological conditions related to vaccines may include:
- Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM). This condition is a sudden inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.
- Encephalitis. This is an inflammation of the brain.
- Encephalopathy. Refers to a number of different conditions that affect the structure or function of the brain.
- Headaches. Headache a common problem that is associated with a number of medications and other issues.
- Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH). IIH symptoms include an elevated pressure inside the cranium, or skull. It can lead to vision loss.
- Narcolepsy. This is a sleep disorder in which people have trouble staying awake during the day and may fall asleep suddenly.
- Optic neuritis. This occurs when inflammation damages the protective myelin covering of the optic nerve that sends visual information from the retina to the brain.
- Seizures. These sudden electrical disturbances in the brain cause changes in movements, feelings, consciousness and behavior.
- Tinnitus. Tinnitus is a condition that causes ringing in the ears.
- Transverse myelitis. This condition causes the entire width of the spinal cord to become inflamed, resulting in weakness and numbness.
- Vasovagal syncope, or fainting. This happens when something triggers the nervous system to slow the heart rate, which leads to a rapid drop in blood pressure and fainting.
What Vaccines Are Known to Cause Brain and Neurological Conditions?
A number of vaccine injuries that affect the brain can occur after vaccination. The most common vaccines to cause brain and neurological conditions are:
- Diphtheria, Tetanus or Pertussis (DTap, DT, Td, Tdap, DTP-Hib)
- Influenza (Flu)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- Measles, Mumps, or Rubellla (MMR or MMRV)
- Varicella/Chickenpox (VAR)
Brain and neurological conditions caused by a vaccine may be serious, and you might be eligible for compensation. Take our free quiz now to find out if you qualify for vaccine injury compensation.
Common Brain and Neurological Conditions That Can Be Caused By Vaccines
Brain and neurological vaccine injuries can include:
- Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH)
Encephalitis Vaccine Injury
Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain, which can cause pressure on the brain. It’s usually caused by an infection. Viruses are the most likely cause, which typically affects children and older adults as well as those with compromised immune systems.
Symptoms of encephalitis can be similar to those of the flu, including headache, fatigue, fever and achy muscles and joints. It’s important to see a doctor if these symptoms progress to:
- General confusion
- Loss of consciousness
- Loss of sensation or paralysis in the face or body
- Muscle weakness
In young children and infants, symptoms of encephalitis can include bulging fontanelles (soft spots), nausea, vomiting, body stiffness, irritability and difficulty with feeding. If your child has these symptoms, they should be seen by a doctor immediately.
Encephalopathy Vaccine Injury
Encephalopathy refers to a number of brain conditions that can be temporary or permanent. They range from mild memory loss to dementia and seizures. In rare cases, encephalopathy can be a vaccine injury.
Symptoms of encephalopathy include:
- Personality changes
- Poor concentration
- Problems with memory
If you have symptoms of this condition after a vaccination, see a doctor right away.
Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension Vaccine Injury
Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is also called pseudotumor cerebri. It occurs when the pressure inside your skull increases, often for unknown reasons. HII symptoms are similar to those of a brain tumor, and can include:
- Loss of peripheral vision
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pain in the neck, shoulder, or back
- Seeing light flashes
- Severe headaches
- Vision loss or double vision
When idiopathic intracranial hypertension is linked to other conditions it’s called secondary intracranial hypertension. IIH has been linked to conditions such as Addison’s disease, anemia, blood-clotting disorders, sleep apnea, kidney disease and others.
If you or your child has IIH symptoms, you should see a doctor right away.
Am I Eligible For Vaccine Injury Compensation For My Brain or Neurological Condition?
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) includes brain or neurological conditions as a covered injury.
If you or a loved one has developed brain or neurological conditions, take our vaccine eligibility quiz to see if you qualify for compensation. Our experienced vaccine injury attorneys can file a claim for you with the VICP at no cost to you.