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Hepatitis B Vaccine Injuries
hepatitis A, hepatitis B is an infectious, viral disease of the liver. Unlike hepatitis
A, hepatitis B is primarily spread through sexual contact with an infected
partner. Perinatal transmission of the disease from an infected mother
to her unborn child is another major source of transmission in developing
countries. Around the world, an estimated 350 million people are chronic
carriers of hepatitis B.
Hepatitis B vaccinations have been commonplace in the United States since
the early 1990's. Ninety-five percent of children who receive a hepatitis
B vaccination are sufficiently immunized against the disease and will
remain largely protected for the rest of their lives. Children who are
born to a hepatitis B infected mother are generally immunized at birth.
Several inactivated virus vaccines, including Recombivax HB, GenHevac B,
Hepagene, and Engerix-B, can prevent hepatitis B. Twinrix is a vaccine
against both hepatitis A and B. Hepatitis B vaccine may be given by itself
or in the same shot with other vaccines. In the United States, infants
receive 3 doses of hepatitis vaccines. CDC recommends anyone through 18
years of age who did not get the vaccine when they were younger should
also be vaccinated. However, these vaccines can also carry serious consequences.
Side Effects of Hepatitis B Vaccine
Most people who receive the hepatitis B vaccine experience no problems;
however, mild and severe side effects have been associated with the Hepatitis
B vaccine. Mild side effects include soreness, redness, or swelling at
injections site, fever, and mild rash. Serious side effects to the hepatitis
B vaccine are rare but can be very serious.
The likelihood of suffering a severe and life-threatening allergic reaction
to the hepatitis B vaccine is estimated at a million to one. Of course,
there are millions of vaccinations each year, which means these kinds
of reactions do happen to some individuals.
Possible severe reactions and diseases that have been associated with hepatitis
B vaccine include:
- Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)
- Transverse Myelitis (TM)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
- Neuromyelitis optica
- Optic neuritis
- Brachial neuritis
- Graves Disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Cranial nerve palsies
- Cerebellar ataxia
This is not an exhaustive list of severe side effects that have been linked
to the hepatitis B vaccine. Severe adverse reactions to the hepatitis
B vaccine should be taken seriously. If left untreated, they could lead
to death or permanent injuries.
Resulting Shoulder Pain from Hepatitis B Vaccine
If you have recently received a vaccine shot for Hepatitis B and are now
experiencing shoulder pain, you should contact our firm immediately. Many
vaccines can cause swelling or
tenderness in the upper arm or shoulder at the site of the injection. Vaccines improperly administered can cause
serious shoulder injuries such as bursitis, torn rotator cuff, tendonitis,
and adhesive capsulitis.
Compensation for Hepatitis B vaccine related injuries
If you or someone in your family are among the unfortunate few who have
suffered a severe illness or injury as a result of a hepatitis B vaccination,
contact Jeffrey S. Pop & Associates today. Our knowledgeable and compassionate legal team is experienced in
vaccine injuries and we represent clients across the country.
Our consultations are free. From start to finish, you'll never pay a dime out of pocket!