Vaccines have been helping us ward off and eradicate illnesses for many years. They’re crucial for keeping us healthy and improving our immune systems. Many places, like public schools, require children to get vaccines before they attend.
But sometimes, vaccines can cause side effects or injuries. A certain vaccine might not have undergone enough testing, or it didn’t agree with your body. When this happens, the injuries can be mild or severe.
What Vaccines Have Caused Injuries?
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services states that, “any vaccine can cause side effects,” but some side effects lead to injuries and conditions that are more severe and have lasting potential than others. Vaccine injuries all have different timetables for symptoms to appear. The range can be from hours to months.
Here is the list of many of the top vaccine injuries in the U.S.:
- Adenovirus. The mild symptoms usually happen within two weeks of when the vaccine was administered. Symptoms include headaches, stuffy nose, sore throat, nausea, and fever. More serious problems are rarer, but can still happen within six months. People can get pneumonia, stomach inflammation, and or might see blood in their urine.
- Anthrax. While the chance of injury from the Anthrax vaccine are small, issues can still occur. After the shot is administered, the mild issues are tenderness, redness, itching, bruising, muscle aches, headaches, and fatigue. The severe issue is an allergic reaction.
- DTaP. This vaccine is for Diphtheria, Tetanus, and acellular Pertussis. This vaccine also has a small chance of injury. Mild symptoms are fevers, swelling, tenderness, and no appetites. Moderate symptoms, which are less common, are seizures, fevers, and non-stop crying. The rarest severe symptoms may include comas and permanent brain damage.
- Hepatitis A. Mild symptoms like soreness, slight fever, headache, and tiredness typically run their course and go away. Severe symptoms include fainting, shoulder pain, or an allergic reaction.
- Hepatitis B. The vaccine can cause soreness, or a slight fever.
- Hib. People can experience redness, swelling, or a fever. While mild, these problems are uncommon and begin after the shot and last a few days.
- HPV-Gardasil-9. Mild and moderate reactions are soreness, redness, fever, and headaches.
- Influenza (Inactivated). Flu shots can cause fever, headache, itching, soreness, redness, and itchy eyes.
- Influenza (Live). Children can experience symptoms of runny nose or congestion, a cough, fever, headaches, wheezing, or abdominal pain. Adults experience similar symptoms, but also chills and weakness.
- JE-IXIARO. Pain around the area of the shot can occur. Children could get fevers and adults can get headaches.
- MMR. This vaccine for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella can cause mild symptoms of fever, rash, and swollen glands. Moderate symptoms are seizures, temporary pain or a low platelet count.
- MMRV. The Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella vaccine can cause the same mild and moderate issues as the MMR vaccine. But this one also has rare severe problems. Deafness, seizures, coma, and permanent brain damage can occur.
- Meningococcal ACWY. Mild problems include redness and soreness, and there’s a chance of developing a slight fever.
- PCV13. People can become drowsy, lose their appetite, or the area of the shot can be tender. Slight fevers can also occur.
- PPSV23. When people can also have soreness around the area of the shot, and a small amount of people might develop a fever.
- Polio. There aren’t many side effects for this vaccine, but it still has the common possibility for tenderness or redness around the area of the shot.
- Rabies. Mild problems are soreness, headaches, nausea, stomach pains, and dizziness. More serious problems could be hives, joint pain, and fever.
- Rotavirus. When babies get this vaccine, they might be irritable, or have gastrointestinal problems. There is a risk of intussusception, where infants have a blockage that requires surgery to fix.
- Shingles. People can experience headaches or swelling and itching at the injection site.
- Smallpox. Side effects can include swelling, shivering, anxiety, back pain, cough, dizziness, and more.
- Td. This Tetanus and Diphtheria vaccine is for adults. Mild symptoms include pain from the shot, redness, mild fever, headache, and tiredness. In some rare cases, the fever can reach over 102 degrees. Severe problems can cause severe pain or bleeding in the area where the shot was given.
- Tdap. This vaccine is a booster for DTaP. Mild problems are pain, redness, slight fever, tiredness, nausea, chills, body aches, and a rash. Severe issues include swelling, bleeding, and a lot of pain where the shot was administered.
- Typhoid. The inactivated vaccine can cause fever, headache, and redness. Live typhoid vaccine can cause fever or headache, and stomach pain issues.
- Varicella (Chickenpox). People can experience soreness, swelling, fever, or a mild rash. More serious symptoms are seizures or pneumonia.
- Yellow Fever. Fever, aches, soreness, and redness are the mild symptoms. The severe symptoms include allergic reaction, a nervous system reaction, and organ failure.
If you or a loved one has gotten an injury because of a vaccine, know that you’re not alone. The vaccine injury lawyers at Urban & Taylor, S.C. are experienced and compassionate people who want to help you with this difficult time. Getting injured from a vaccine can be a scary situation, and you deserve compensation for your injuries and suffering, and so you can turn your attention to recovery.
Call us today at (866) 720-7232 for a free consultation.
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