Influenza (Flu) Vaccine Injury

Injury Attorney for the Flu Vaccine

Influenza—or "the flu" for short—is an all-too-common infectious disease caused by the influenza virus. It is transmitted through the air by coughs or sneezes and can result in fever, chills, runny nose, sore throat, coughing, and muscle pain in its ever-expanding wake. Nausea and vomiting are frequent symptoms for children.

What kind of risks are associated with the influenza vaccine?

Most people have no side effects from the flu shot or flu vaccine. Some common side effects include: soreness at the injection site, fever, vomiting, headache, sore throat, rash, wheezing, and runny nose. However, the flu vaccine has been reported to cause life-threatening conditions such as:

  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)
  • Transverse Myelitis (TM)
  • Neuromyelitis optica (NMO)
  • Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
  • CIDP
  • Optic neuritis
  • Brachial neuritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Seizures
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Encephalopathy
  • Cerebellar ataxia

This is not an exhaustive list of severe side effects that have been linked to the flu vaccine. Severe reactions to the flu vaccine must be taken seriously. If left untreated, it could lead to death or permanent injuries, especially to the shoulder.

Whether the flu vaccine is administered by injection (the flu shot) or by nasal spray—and whether it includes live or inactive cultures—there remains a very small risk of severe injury.

Because the flu virus regularly mutates, flu shots have to be regularly modified to keep up with the changing virus. This makes long term analysis and review more difficult, which is why vaccines are constantly monitored and evaluated.

At Jeffrey S. Pop & Associates, we play an important role in the evaluative process by bringing to light people who have been injured as a result of vaccination.

Compensation for flu vaccine related injuries

The claims are adjudicated in a "no fault" system. They are not filed against a vaccine manufacturer, hospital, clinic or doctor. The claim must be filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington D.C. All claims must be filed within three (3) years of the adverse reaction. The amount of compensation awarded depends on the extent of the flu vaccine related illness.

According to the HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration), nearly 47% of flu-vaccine related claims that were filed have been compensated.


How Our Vaccine Injury Attorneys Can Help

Our decades of legal experience have helped us emerge as a national leader in vaccine-related litigation. If you've suffered any severe symptoms in the aftermath of an influenza vaccination, please contact us immediately for a free evaluation. The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program pays reasonable attorneys' fees and costs separately from any compensation award. Therefore, as a Petitioner, you do not need to worry about any out of pocket expenses to prosecute your case. The client-focused approach of our vacccine injury lawyers ensures that you'll get the attention you deserve!

Helpful links:

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm

http://adc.bmj.com/content/83/6/488.short

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/vaccine-selection.htm

How long do I have to file

my claim in the VICP after my vaccinations?

With respect to a vaccine-related injury, the statute of limitations requires that you file a claim with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims within 3 years from the onset of first symptoms. In the event of a vaccine-related death, a claim must be filed no later than 2 years from the date of death.

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DISCLAIMER: With respect to a vaccine‑related injury, the statute of limitations requires that you file a claim with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims within 3 years from the onset of first symptoms. In the event of a vaccine‑related death, a claim must be filed no later than 2 years from the date of death.
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