Vaccines are essential for keeping us healthy and safe from diseases. But sometimes, vaccines have negative side effects. When a vaccine side effect causes permanent damage or long-lasting symptoms, these side effects are often referred to as vaccine injuries in the legal world.
Vaccine injuries can be scary and have long-term effects that could change the way you have to live your life. You may also be eligible to receive compensation for these injuries and your recovery care thanks to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).
Vaccine Injury Time Table
One important aspect of a vaccine injury case is the statute of limitations. You only have a certain amount of time to file a claim after experiencing a symptom or someone died from the vaccine injury.
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.
A vaccine injury is any type of adverse side effect experienced after having a routine vaccine that has prolonged implications or leads to a permanent/long-lasting injury, condition, or illness. Vaccine injuries are rare, but they do occur to both adults and children yearly. Some of the most common vaccines that may lead to permanent or long-lasting conditions include Diphtheria and Tetanus vaccines, Pertussis vaccines, Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccines, flu vaccines, and Hepatitis vaccines.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has an anonymous online reporting system they encourage individuals to utilize when they experience serious side effects after having a routine vaccination. This system is called the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) and its results are used by the CDC and another government agencies to determine how safe most vaccines are and what the most reported side effects tend to be.
Tetanus, often referred to as lockjaw, is a bacterial infection that causes painful muscle spasms and may lead to death. Tetanus is only contracted through a cut or wound that becomes infected through contact with contaminated metal, dirt, or soil. One of the most common ways individuals get tetanus is through puncture wounds caused by dirty nails, glass, knives, or other unsterile sharp objects.
When the bacteria are given time to travel through the bloodstream and to the nervous system, this is when tetanus symptoms begin. Common early symptoms of tetanus include headache, muscle stiffness, fever, palpitations, muscle spasms, difficulty swallowing, and restlessness.
One of the most common childhood vaccinations is the DTaP vaccine or diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine. The DTaP vaccine is a safer variant of the DTP vaccine which is no longer used in the U.S. Thousands of children are protected from heavily-contagious diseases from this vaccine that is given in 5 doses throughout a child’s early development.
There’s also an adult and adolescent variant of the DTaP vaccine that’s referred to as Tdap. DTaP is not licensed for adults, adolescents, or children older than 7. Tdap is a single-dose vaccine and is recommended once between the ages of 11 and 64. There is another variant of Tdap referred to as Td that protects against tetanus and diphtheria only.
In the legal world, we use the term vaccine injuries when referring to serious injuries, ailments, negative reactions, or conditions that result after having a routine vaccination. These types of injuries do not happen very often, but they are still a risk that most doctors and nurses are reluctant to discuss. Most doctors and health professionals claim that routine vaccines are completely safe and pose zero risks. This claim is not accurate. Any risk must be considered, especially when it comes to keeping our loved ones safe.
So, what are the actual chances of suffering a vaccine injury or adverse reaction that may lead to serious implications? The answer to this question is complicated—in part due to the fact that many vaccine injuries are not reported.
When you receive a vaccination, the last thing you expect is to suffer from medical complications or debilitating side effects afterwards. These types of complications are often referred to as vaccine injuries in the legal world. If you or someone you know has suffered from a vaccine injury in Wisconsin, you may be wondering how common these complications really are.
The short answer to the above question is that vaccine injuries are quite rare. The pros of vaccinations still heavily outweigh the cons. These types of injuries are still a risk, however, and must be considered. Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common vaccine injuries organized by the vaccine they are related to. This list may be a resource to those who have suffered from vaccine complications as well as their families.
It is impossible to know how much your child will benefit from a vaccine. Exposure to disease is not something that can be measured, and you will never know how many times in their lifetime your child is exposed to a disease and protected by their vaccine. Research shows that vaccinations have saved millions of lives. In the United States, diseases such as measles, diphtheria, smallpox, mumps, and polio have almost completely been eradicated since the introduction of vaccines.
Even though these diseases are no longer a common threat, doctors say it is still important for children in the United States to receive the vaccine. Serious disease is still a threat to children in other countries, and traveling internationally without the protection of vaccinations can be very dangerous. Children who never have or never will travel internationally are still protected by their vaccines when they are around other individuals who have traveled abroad and been exposed.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone over the age of six months old to receive some form of the influenza vaccine for the 2016-2017 flu season. However, there are some rare cases, according to the CDC, where the Influenza vaccine is not recommended. This includes:
- Children younger than six months
- People with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine, including gelatin, antibiotics, or another ingredients.
The CDC also recommends that if you are planning on getting the influenza vaccine that you receive the injectable version. These include the inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) and the recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV). The live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), also known as the “nasal spray” flu vaccine, should not be used during the 2016-2017 flu season, as it has been determined to be ineffective.
At Urban & Taylor, S.C., we’re committed to informing U.S. citizens about the invisible dangers of regular, routine vaccinations that are advertised as being safe 100% of the time. The truth is that our safety is never guaranteed when we receive a vaccination– even for one as routine as a flu shot.
One of the most dangerous vaccine injuries and conditions is caused by the flu shot, in fact. This condition is called Guillain Barré Syndrome, and while rare, it can lead to major implications and lifelong debilitating consequences. Here’s everything you need to know about Guillain Barré Syndrome.