Who Should Not Get Vaccinated? Recommendations from the CDC

who-should-be-vaccinatedAlthough the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccination as the best way to prevent the spread of the flu and other diseases, it also says that certain people should not get vaccinated. Since not getting vaccinated carries obvious risks, anyone who has questions about whether it is safe to receive a particular vaccination should consult their doctor.

The CDC provides specific recommendations for each approved vaccine with regard to the health risks that may outweigh the benefits of vaccination. Generally speaking, however, the types of factors that may lead your doctor to recommend against getting vaccinated include the following. Continue reading

Filing a Vaccine Injury Claim – The Do’s and Don’ts

What to do before filing a claim for vaccine injury compensation

conf-roomThere are many steps that one should take when filing a claim for compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. The good news is that for most of those steps, your interests will be represented by a lawyer who will walk you through exactly what to do and when to do it.

Prior to retaining counsel, there will likely be many questions that remain to be answered. This article will cover some of the facts an individual should know prior to filing a claim for vaccine compensation. Continue reading

Keeping Track of Your Losses After a Vaccine Injury

Under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), individuals diagnosed with vaccine-related illnesses and injuries can recover compensation for four categories of losses: (i) out-of-pocket expenses (including medical bills), (ii) loss of income, and (iii) pain and suffering, and (iv) the cost of future medical care. These losses can add up quickly, and the compensation available includes not only compensation for past losses, but for projected future losses as well. Continue reading

Sports Injury or Vaccine Injury? Many of the Symptoms are Similar

sports-shoulder-injuryThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends several vaccinations for children at all ages (and many states require them), and from the court to the field, youth sports involve inherent risks that can lead to a variety of neuromuscular and musculoskeletal injuries.

When children complain of pain in the days or weeks following a vaccination, it is important to determine the cause of their injuries. While the symptoms of many sport injuries and vaccine injuries are similar, treatment options can vary depending upon the specific injury diagnosed. Continue reading

Flu Shot Injuries: Symptoms, Treatment & Compensation

If you are experiencing pain or other unusual sensations or limitations following a flu shot, these could be symptoms of an illness or injury resulting from your vaccination. Each year, tens of thousands of people are diagnosed with vaccine-related medical conditions, many of them resulting from flu vaccine injections in the shoulder.

When you make an appointment to have yourself or your children vaccinated, it is important to make sure that you understand potential risks that may be involved. It is also important to make sure you know the steps for pursuing compensation for vaccine injuries. Continue reading

Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) – Potential Causes and Cures

Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) is a potentially-serious medical condition that remains subject to scientific study. The exact cause of GBS remains unknown and there is currently no known cure; however, researchers are continuing to explore causal factors and treatment options to prevent relapses in those who have been diagnosed.

Potential Causes of Guillain Barre Syndrome

To date, doctors have identified four primary factors that are known precursors to patients contracting Guillain Barre Syndrome. These are: Continue reading

Vaccine Shoulder Injuries – Why Misplaced Needles Can Cause Lasting Injury

While the sting from an injection is enough to make most children (and many adults) fear getting their annual flu shot, it usually goes away pretty quickly. But, what happens if the pain does not go away? What happens if it gets worse, and what happens if it is accompanied by swelling or limited shoulder mobility?

The sting from an injection is normal. Lasting shoulder pain from a flu shot is not. In many cases, shoulder pain following a flu shot is a sign of a potentially serious shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA). Continue reading

Have You or Someone You Love Experienced Pain or Illness Following Vaccination? Get Valuable Information on How to Seek Help

Experiencing pain or an illness following vaccination can be frightening. Whether it’s you or a family member, knowing what to do – and where to turn for help – can be a challenge.

At the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC, we represent clients who have suffered a vaccine-related illness or injury nationwide. We have also developed numerous resources for individuals who have been harmed by vaccines. The following are 10 of our most popular articles on vaccine-related injuries and how to go about filing a claim for compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). Continue reading

Will the Use of “Ouchless” Measles Vaccines Reduce the Risk of Vaccine Shoulder Injury?

woman-shldr-painIn the United States, measles has largely been eradicated thanks to the introduction of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine in 1971. The MMR vaccine is typically administered in a series of two doses; and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these two doses are 97 percent effective in preventing contraction of this potentially-fatal disease. Each year, less than 1,000 people in the United States contract measles, and in some years the number of reported cases is less than 100.

Unfortunately, like all vaccines, the measles vaccines (including MMR) are not without their own risks. Continue reading

What is Guillain Barre Syndrome and Can It Result from the Flu Vaccination?

Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) is a rare but dangerous medical condition that has been linked to the annual flu shot. In many cases, individuals who contract GBS after getting vaccinated against the flu are eligible to recover their medical expenses and other losses through the federal government’s National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).

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