For most people, vaccines offer effective protection from many serious illnesses. Today, contracting polio or mumps is rare, and scientists often point to the success of these injections. However, while these vaccines may be useful in preventing certain diseases, for some people they can create other serious health problems. Every year, thousands of people report adverse effects of vaccines to the national reporting program. While it can be difficult to determine just how many people are affected and to what extent the vaccines cause the injury, a federal program acknowledges these negative consequences of vaccines and offers victims compensation for their injuries.
Types of Injuries Most Commonly Associated With Vaccinations
Many vaccinations are known to cause some soreness at the injection site and possible mild symptoms related to the disease associated with the vaccination. Unfortunately, some people experience significant symptoms that can cause pain, loss of body function, and even death. The most commonly reported injuries reported to the national database include:
- Shoulder injury. Shoulder injuries can occur both from the contents of the vaccine or from the administration of the injection. Injuries can range from frequent soreness or pain to the complete loss of use of the shoulder.
- Guillain-Barré syndrome. This syndrome has been linked to a number of vaccines, including the yearly flu shot. In these cases, one’s immune system turns on itself, causing damage to nerve cells, which in turn leads to muscle weakness and paralysis. While Guillain-Barré syndrome typically resolves within weeks, it can cause lasting nerve damage.
- Encephalitis. Encephalitis occurs when an infection or the body’s immune response to an infection affects the brain. Symptoms include headache, fever, fatigue, weakness, and pain. While many cases resolve with time, it can be unpredictable and should be monitored by a healthcare provider.
- Anaphylaxis. In some cases, a person is allergic to the vaccine or vaccine components. This can cause a strong reaction with symptoms that range from itchy hives to fainting and swelling of the throat.
- Myelitis. Though myelitis is not completely understood, it involves inflammation of the spinal cord that causes damage to motor and sensory nerves. Symptoms include blurred vision, depression, pain, weakness, paralysis, bladder and bowel dysfunction, and more. There is currently no cure for myelitis, though treatment may provide some relief.
Other reported issues include paralysis, coma, seizures, neuritis, and more. Even if your symptoms aren’t listed here, or you’re unsure if they are related to your vaccination, reach out to the experienced lawyers at Shannon Law Group, P.C. Our legal team has helped others just like you, and we can offer you the guidance and assistance you need to move forward best. Call us today, or take a moment to fill out our online contact form.