Polio Immunization Injury Attorneys
Government Assistance for Vaccine Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control, polio, or poliomyelitis,
was one of the most feared diseases in the first half of the twentieth
century. During that time, about 35,000 people were infected yearly in
the U.S. By 1979, polio was considered to be eradicated in the United
States due to new vaccines and stronger disease control efforts. Unfortunately,
it continues to run rampant through third world countries.
Infections caused by poliovirus have no known cure. The virus spreads through
human contact, and invades the brain and spinal cord. In nonparalytic
polio, the disease will last up to 10 days and cause symptoms such as
fever, fatigue, back and neck pain and stiffness, muscle weakness, and
meningitis. Paralytic polio is more serious, causing loss of reflexes,
severe muscle aches, and paralysis. A poliovirus infection can also lead to death.
Types and Side Effects of Polio Vaccines
There are two types of polio vaccines: OPV, a live vaccine given orally, and IPV, an inactivated polio vaccine
given by injection. Both were commonly used in the U.S. until the year
2000, when the use of OPV was discontinued. OPV can cause a rare, but
serious side effect known as vaccine-associated paralytic polio (VAPP).
In countries where polio is still considered a significant threat, OPV
is still being administered. In addition to VAPP, the OPV vaccine has
also been associated with anaphylactic shock and Guillain-Barre syndrome.
The IPV vaccine is provided as an injection in the leg or arm. IPV is normally
administered in 4 doses given at 2 months, 4 months, 6-18 months, and
between 4-6 years of age. Additionally, adults travelling to countries
still experiencing polio infections are advised to get a booster immunization.
Side effects of the IPV vaccine are usually mild and can include pain at
the injection site, low fever, body aches, and vomiting.
Infrequently, recipients of IPV can have severe adverse reactions. These
Did your vaccination result in shoulder injury?
Like all other vaccinations, the polio vaccination has been known to cause
shoulder injury and upper arm pain in some individuals. If you experienced
permanent swelling, tenderness, lumps, or nodules at the site of your
injection, you may be able to seek compensation. Vaccine complications
such as rotator cuff injury, brachial neuritis, frozen shoulder, and injury
to the nerves at the site of injection are all cause for legal attention.
Complications experienced for six (6) months or longer, as well as complications
that resulted in surgery, should be discussed with a vaccine injury attorney.
U.S. Congress Aid for Vaccine Injuries
Subsidized by a tax placed on all vaccines, the Vaccine Injury Compensation
Trust Fund provides financial compensation for individuals, their families,
or their estates who have been injured by certain vaccines, including
IPV and OPV. This compensation can include medical costs, payments for
pain and suffering, lost wages and attorney fees.
The experienced vaccine injury attorneys at
Jeffrey S. Pop & Associates, have helped clients across the country receive compensation for the adverse
effects they have suffered as a result of a vaccination. We can provide
experienced representation and client-focused services to help you pursue
compensation. Let our dedicated team work with you today.
Contact our vaccine injury law firm
if you or a loved one is suffering serious side effects from the OPV or
IPV polio vaccine. Our firm has over a 90% success rate!* Your
initial case consultation
by phone, email, or in person is always free.
*Success rate does not include the infrequent filing to protect statute
of limitation time limit where cases are not completely investigated.