While receiving vaccinations is a safe and effective means for combatting disease, there are certain diseases and medical conditions that can increase an individual’s risk of an adverse reaction or other negative side effects. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) refer to these as “contraindications” and “precautions,” and it advises that:
“Contraindications (conditions in a recipient that increases the risk for a serious adverse reaction) and precautions to vaccination are conditions under which vaccines should not be administered. Because the majority of contraindications and precautions are temporary, vaccinations often can be administered later when the condition leading to a contraindication or precaution no longer exists. A vaccine should not be administered when a contraindication is present. . . . However, certain conditions are commonly misperceived as contraindications (i.e., are not valid reasons to defer vaccination).”
The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine has recently been in the news as a result of reports of measles outbreaks in several parts of the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), outbreaks have been reported in California, Illinois, New York, Texas and Washington, with more cases of measles already confirmed in 2019 (269 as of March 14) than all of 2016 and 2017 combined (206).
While the CDC recommends vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella for most individuals (with limited exceptions for pregnant women and individuals with certain other health conditions), “[d]uring an outbreak is when you see an influx of patients who would otherwise be vaccine-hesitant,” according to an infection control nurse in Washington quoted by CNN. Unfortunately, although getting the MMR vaccine can significantly reduce an individual’s risk of contracting measles, it carries certain risks as well. Continue reading
Each month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publish a newsletter highlighting recent news and updates in the world of immunizations. The CDC provides this newsletter, titled Immunization Works, to “national health care provider and consumer groups for distribution to their members and constituencies.” However, it is also free to the public online. Continue reading
Although 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
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
In 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