Reactions to Meningococcal (Bacterial Meningitis) Vaccines
Protect Yourself with an Experienced Vaccine Injury Lawyer
Meningococcal disease can cause serious blood infections as well as life-threatening
illnesses affecting the brain and spinal cord. This disease is the leading
cause of bacterial meningitis in the U.S. for children 2 to 18 years old.
Of the more than 1,000 individuals affected each year, 10-15% will die
as a result of this disease. Nearly 20% of the remaining survivors will
lose a limb, develop nervous system disorders, become deaf, or suffer
from mental retardation, seizures, or strokes.
Anyone can acquire the disease, but it is most common in infants less than
a year old and individuals aged 16-21. Certain medical conditions, such
as a lack of a spleen can create an increased risk. Recent outbreaks on
college campuses nationwide have highlighted the threats to students living
in dorms, and therefore have amplified the number of vaccinations being
given. In the United States, there are two kinds of meningococcal vaccines
Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) is given to individuals 55 years of age and younger.
Side Effects and Complications of the Meningococcal Vaccine
Given the severity of meningococcal disease, the benefits of MCV4 are considered
to outweigh the risks. Although many prefer to vaccinate against this
disease, rare complications can arise as a result of vaccination.
Common side effects of meningococcal vaccinations include:
- Mild fever
- Redness, pain, swelling, or a lump at the injection site
- Headache or tiredness
- Mild skin rashes
- Joint or muscle aches
- Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite
- Fussiness or irritability
Severe allergic reactions to the vaccine require immediate medical attention.
These reactions can include:
- Severe weakness in arms and legs occurring 2 - 4 weeks after vaccination
- High-grade fever (between 103-104 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Acute weakness and fatigue
- Dizziness and fainting
- Rapid heartbeats
- Difficulties breathing
- Swollen face and throat
- Hoarseness, wheezing, and difficulty in swallowing
- Stomach cramps
Occasionally, recipients of the meningococcal vaccine can develop Guillain-Barré
syndrome, leading to neurological symptoms such as muscle weakness and
tingling or numbing. In addition, an improperly administered vaccination
may cause serious
Experiencing shoulder pain after a vaccine or surgical procedure?
If you are experiencing a rotator cuff injury, frozen shoulder, and/or
brachial neuritis after a surgical procedure or after receiving a vaccination
shot, you may be entitled to compensation. Oftentimes, these procedures
sharp shoulder pain at the site of the injection. If you've felt permanent swelling or
tenderness over the last six (6) months since the procedure, contact our
Assistance for Vaccine-Related Injuries
Jeffrey S. Pop & Associates, our experienced vaccine injury attorneys help clients nationwide who
have been injured as a result of a vaccine. At your
free initial consultation either by phone, email or in person, we can begin determining if you have
a valid case.
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) was created in
1986 to compensate individuals and their families who have suffered side
effects from certain vaccines. This same fund covers the plaintiff's
attorney fees whether your case is won or lost, as long as it is filed
"in good faith and with a reasonable basis." This means that
you can seek adequate compensation at no cost to you.
If you suspect a loved has suffered injuries from the meningococcal vaccine,
contact our vaccine injury law firm for helpful information.