Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccine Injury
Lawyer for Victims of Severe Vaccine-Related Side Effects
Pertussis—more commonly known as Whooping Cough—is a bacterial
disease that is both highly contagious and difficult to treat. The resulting
cough lasts for approximately six weeks. It is a particularly dangerous
condition for children—potentially leading to pneumonia, seizures
or brain damage—and can be fatal to infants. Though post‑infection
antibiotics only marginally abate its intensity, pertussis can be effectively
prevented through vaccination—which has led to widespread pertussis
Pertussis vaccinations most commonly occur through an injection of DTaP
or DTP—which also provides immunity against diphtheria and tetanus.
The adult booster against pertussis is known by the name, Tdap. Because
instances of pertussis have increased in recent years, pregnant women
often receive a pertussis vaccination as a means of protecting their unborn
child against the disease.
Are there any risks associated with a pertussis vaccination?
Some mild side effects associated with the DTaP vaccine are: pain and swelling
at the injection site, rash, mild fever, irritability, drowsiness, fussiness,
vomiting, and loss of appetite after a shot.
The health risks associated with a pertussis inoculation are exceedingly
rare and are generally regarded to be much less of a threat than the disease
itself. Nevertheless, with millions of vaccinations occurring each year,
vaccine‑related injuries do occur. Though objective numbers are virtually
impossible to come by, it has been estimated that approximately 50 injuries
occur per every 15 million vaccinations.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) lists the following rare but severe
problems that can follow injection of the DTaP vaccine:
- Long‑term Seizures
- Altered Consciousness
- Permanent Brain Damage
Suffering a vaccine-related shoulder injury?
When being vaccinated, we understand that there is a certain amount of
pain involved. We are usually warned that there may be swelling or tenderness
after the injection is administered. But if symptoms other than swelling
and tenderness such as frozen shoulder, brachial neuritis, and / or injuries
to the nerves at the site of the injection are present after six (6) months,
you may have suffered a shoulder injury. We can help you file a claim
so that you may receive compensation for your injury.
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At Jeffrey S. Pop & Associates, we help families from all over the
country who have had the rare misfortune of suffering a vaccine‑related
injury. Our experience in this extremely specialized field of medical
law is unparalleled—as is the attention we give to each of our clients.
If you don't have a case, we'll be the first to tell you; but
if you do, we'll see it through to the end.
Our consultation is free, and you never have to pay anything out of pocket!
Contact us today to get started.