Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Injuries

Risks of Prevnar 13 (PCV13) Vaccine

The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) is an intramuscular injection to prevent infection by Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. Infection by this bacteria can cause pneumococcal disease, leading to severe illnesses, including ear infections, pneumonia, blood infections, and meningitis. The PCV13 vaccine protects against 13 of the 90 strains of pneumococcal bacteria known to exist.

Previous vaccines could not be given to children under 2 years of age. This posed a serious problem, as young children are at the greatest risk for pneumococcal bacterial infections. In 2000, the FDA approved PCV as safe for children under 2 years old. The current version, PCV13, was granted approval for all children in 2010.

PCV13 is routinely given to children at 2, 4, 6, and 12–15 months of age. Most states require proof that a child has received the vaccine before they can enter daycare or school. Older children and adults who have weakened immune systems from another illness or disease are also recommended to receive the vaccine. Each year in the U.S., more than 6,000 deaths are attributed to pneumococcal infections.

Side Effects of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine

Most individuals experience mild side effects, if any, after receiving the PCV13 vaccine. These can include:

  • Drowsiness or fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Redness and / or tenderness at the injection site
  • Mild fever
  • Headaches and chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Fussiness

Although rare, serious side effects can occur, including severe allergic reactions that can lead to death. These side effects and reactions can include:

  • High fever
  • Febrile seizures (convulsions caused by a fever)
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of the face and throat
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dizziness or weakness
  • Hives
  • Hoarseness or wheezing
  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • Peritonitis
  • Septic shock
  • Anaphylactic shock
  • Pulmonary infection
  • Asthma
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA)

Experiencing shoulder pain?

Did you know that any type of vaccination could cause intense shoulder pain? If you were recently vaccinated and you are now experiencing upper arm pain or long-term swelling at the site of the injection, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The same goes for individuals whose vaccinations resulted in lumps or nodules at the site of injection, injuries to the nerve at the site of injection, i.e. rotator cuff injury, frozen shoulder, or brachial neuritis. Complications from vaccination that last upwards of six (6) months and / or result in the need for surgical procedure are cause for legal action.

Call Vaccine Injury Lawyers with Over a 90% Success Rate*

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was created by Congress to assist individuals and families who have suffered a serious injury as a result of a vaccine. This programs awards compensation to injured individuals or their estates in the event of their death. The program also includes funds to cover attorney fees.

At Jeffrey S. Pop & Associates, our experienced vaccine injury lawyers have helped hundreds of clients nationwide receive compensation for the serious side effects they have suffered as a result of a vaccination. We offer client-focused, individualized attention to better understand your personal needs.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine or its improper administration, contact our vaccine injury lawyer to begin your complimentary case evaluation. We are available to speak with you by phone or email, and can even travel to you.

*Success rate does not include the infrequent filing to protect statute of limitation time limit where cases are not completely investigated.

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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