Reactions to Meningococcal (Bacterial Meningitis) Vaccines

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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 available. 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
  • Diarrhea
  • 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
  • Jerking
  • Hives
  • Rapid heartbeats
  • Difficulties breathing
  • Swollen face and throat
  • Hoarseness, wheezing, and difficulty in swallowing
  • Paleness
  • Stomach cramps
  • Anxiety

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 shoulder injuries.

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 can cause 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 firm immediately.


Assistance for Vaccine-Related Injuries

At 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.

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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