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
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
- Hoarseness or wheezing
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome
- Septic shock
- Anaphylactic shock
- Pulmonary infection
- 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 an 80% 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.
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.