Since 2010, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended “annual flu shots for everyone older than 6 months.”1 These vaccines are formulated to prevent people from becoming ill, specifically those with compromised immune systems. However, these vaccines sometimes cause adverse side effects that can be life altering, especially for children.
82.8% of Recent Vaccine Injury Cases Are from Flu Shots
According to the latest report on vaccine injury cases settled by the national Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) between 11/16/2016 and 8/15/2017, “275 of 332 cases were for injuries due to the flu vaccine.”2 The VICP only settles injury cases for vaccines recommended for children, such as seasonal flu or MMR vaccines.1 Some of the injuries reported were:
- Encephalitis (inflammation of the brain)
- Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA)
- Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
- Transverse Myelitis (TM)
- Kidney Failure / Death
Why Flu Shots May Cause More Injuries than Others
Influenza experts at the World Health Organization (WHO) formulate new flu vaccines each spring. Based on the previous year’s flu cases, these experts predict which influenza strains will be most common during the next flu season. This decades-old process “involves growing the influenza virus in millions of chicken eggs, over a period of about four months.”3 Because its formula changes every year, there is not enough time for new flu vaccines to undergo several trials and case studies before they are released to the public, unlike vaccines for polio and tetanus, for example.
To follow the CDC’s annual flu vaccine recommendation, influenza experts at WHO cannot guarantee their vaccine is 100% safe due to these production time restraints. As a result, hundreds of victims suffer each year from injuries caused by their annual flu vaccine.
Injured by Your Annual Flu Shot? Our Expert Lawyers Can Help
The good news is that if you or someone you love have been seriously injured from a flu vaccination, you have an 88.21% chance of receiving compensation from the VICP. Between 1988 and 2016, the VICP has resolved 3,008 of 3,123 total claims for flu vaccine injuries in favor of the victim.1 It is recommended that you first report a vaccine related injury to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
In order to receive compensation, you must file a legal petition with the Court of Federal Claims. Our attorneys at Shannon Law Group, P.C., are ready to help you or someone you love pursue a vaccine injury claim with the VICP. Please call us at (312) 578-9501 or fill out our contact form; we will answer your questions and schedule a free no-obligation consultation if you are eligible for compensation.