Vaccines are essential for keeping children and adults safe from many diseases, and injuries from vaccines are rare. However, vaccine-related injuries do occur. The following are some other injuries from vaccines:
- Chronic arthritis. This is an autoimmune disorder that causes pain and swelling in the joints.
- Immunodeficiency. The immune system fights illnesses such as infections and cancers. Vaccine injuries can sometimes limit this function.
- Vaccine-strain measles viral disease. Symptoms of this infection include a fever, dry cough and skin rashes.
- Vaccine-strain polio viral infection. This disease can affect the central nervous system and may cause paralysis. It happens only with the oral polio virus vaccine, which is no longer used in the U.S.
- Vaccine-strain varicella viral disease. Varicella (chicken pox), and Zoster (shingles), can sometimes result from getting the varicella vaccination.
- Disseminated varicella vaccine-strain viral disease. This reaction to the chickenpox vaccine can cause widespread rash, encephalitis, hepatitis and pneumonia in the immunocompromised.
Have you been injured?
If you’ve been injured by a vaccine, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) allows you to file a claim within a certain timeframe. For most vaccine injuries, you must file a claim within three years from the day you first had symptoms. In the rare case that a vaccination caused the death of a loved one, you have two years to file a claim.
If you feel ill after a vaccination, you should see a doctor right away. Your doctor can advise you about treatments that can help.
Your next step should be to contact us to see if you’re eligible for compensation. Our vaccine injury attorneys have many years of experience with these claims, and we can provide the advice and counseling you need.
One of our attorneys is also a licensed physician, which means we ask the right questions to help you get the compensation you deserve. And since the VICP covers all your legal fees, you can focus on what matters most—your health and well-being.