Why Do You Need a Flu Shot Each Year? (and Answers to More Common Questions about the Flu Vaccine)

Have you ever wondered why you need a flu shot each year? Are you wondering whether it is safe for you (or your child) to get a flu shot because of a recent diagnosis? Are you curious about how effective the flu shot really is at preventing influenza? If so, you are not alone. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently released an online publication that answers several common questions about the annual flu shot. Continue reading

Which Vaccines Can Cause SIRVA?

Shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration (SIRVA) are painful, debilitating and potentially long-term injuries that can lead to substantial medical bills and other financial and non-financial costs. They are among the most common types of vaccine injuries, and each year we help dozens of individuals obtain compensation for SIRVA under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). Continue reading

Who Is At Risk for Vaccine-Related Complications?

Although the CDC’s recommended vaccines are considered generally safe for most people, some individuals are at greater risk than others for experiencing vaccine-related complications. Understanding your risk level (or your child’s risk level) is important so that you can make informed decisions about whether—and when—to get vaccinated. While the risks of getting vaccinated can outweigh the benefits for some people, it is also important not to avoid immunization based on misguided assumptions. Here is some important information from the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP): Continue reading

Resources from National Infant Immunization Week 2022 Still Available from the CDC

Each Spring, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) to shine a spotlight on “the importance of protecting children two years and younger from vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs).” For 2022, the CDC placed particular emphasis on promoting timely vaccinations, noting “a troubling drop in routine childhood vaccination as a result of families staying at home” during the COVID-19 pandemic. Resources from NIIW 2022 are still available online. Here, vaccine attorney Leah V. Durant shares some of the highlights: Continue reading

The CDC is Still Encouraging Vaccination for the 2021-2022 Flu Season

While many people think of Spring as the end of flu season, the United States flu season doesn’t actually end until May. Additionally, even once flu season is over, getting the flu remains a possibility—and it can potentially be dangerous for individuals in high-risk populations. As a result, as the end of the 2021-2022 flu season nears, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are still encouraging vaccination against influenza. Here is some important information for individuals who have questions about influenza vaccination or concerns about getting a flu vaccine injury. Continue reading

Is It Worth Filing a Vaccine Injury Claim?

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has issued compensation awards to nearly 9,000 claimants since its establishment in 1988. However, more than half of all claims filed under the program have been denied. With this in mind, is it worth filing a claim if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a vaccine-related injury or illness? If so, is it worth hiring a vaccine injury lawyer to represent you? Continue reading

Should I Hire a Lawyer if I Have a Flu Vaccine Injury?

Each year, more than 100 million people in the United States get a flu shot. Of these flu shot recipients, only an extremely small percentage are diagnosed with vaccine-related injuries. But, while these injuries are rare, they do happen.

If you have been diagnosed with a flu vaccine injury, you should speak with a lawyer about your legal rights. Continue reading

My Shoulder Hurts – Do I Have a Vaccine Injury Claim?

Mild shoulder pain is a common side effect of most CDC-recommended vaccinations. The CDC advises that this pain should typically go away within a couple of days at most, and vaccine recipients generally should not experience any lingering or long-term effects. But, what if your shoulder pain isn’t “mild”? Or, what if it doesn’t go away? In some cases, vaccinations can cause shoulder injuries, and individuals who experience severe pain or other symptoms should both see a doctor and talk to a vaccine lawyer right away. Continue reading

What Injury Risks are Associated with the Rotavirus Vaccine?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the rotavirus vaccine for infants beginning at two months of age—with limited exceptions. While the approved rotavirus vaccines (RotaTeq and Rotarix) are generally considered safe, vaccine injuries still occur in a small percentage of cases. Learn what parents need to know about these risks from national vaccine injury attorney Leah V. Durant.

Mild Risks Associated with the Rotavirus Vaccine

Like all vaccines, the rotavirus vaccine carries a risk for certain side effects. The CDC classifies these side effects as “mild,” and they generally are not classified as vaccine injuries on their own. However, these side effects can also be symptoms of the vaccine injuries discussed below; and, as a result, parents whose children experience these side effects should monitor their children closely and seek medical attention promptly if necessary: Continue reading

Didn’t Get Vaccinated During the 2020-2021 Flu Season? The CDC Still Recommends Getting a Flu Shot

As flu season draws to a close, many people are realizing that they never got around to getting their annual flu shot. With everything going at the end of 2020 and the start of 2021, this is understandable. Despite low vaccination rates, the 2020-2021 flu season was one of the least-impactful on record (due in large part to social distancing and mask-wearing to prevent the spread of COVID-19), and the low number of flu-related deaths is being viewed as one of the few silver linings of the pandemic. Continue reading