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Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Injuries

What are Risks of a 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, blood infections, and meningitis. The PCV13 vaccine protects against 13 of the 90 strains of pneumococcal bacteria known to exist. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these vaccines have helped individuals in the following situations:

  • 75 in 100 adults who are 65 years of age or older have been protected from pneumococcal disease by the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
  • 8 in 10 babies have been protected from serious infections called “invasive pneumococcal disease” from the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
  • 45 in 100 adults have been protected from pneumococcal pneumonia from the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
  • 1 dose of pneumococcal polysaccharide has protected 50 to 85 in 100 adults against invasive pneumococcal disease

Who Should Receive a Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine?

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.

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Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Side Effects

Most individuals experience mild side effects, if any, after receiving the PCV13 vaccine. If an individual does experience side effects of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine they usually include:

  • Shoulder Injury
  • 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.

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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 program 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 PCV13 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.

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Attorney Jeff S. PopJeffrey S. Pop attended the University of Southern California as his undergraduate and went to California Western COL for his law degree. He was admitted to practice in 1972. He is affiliated with the Beverly Hills Bar Association, The American Trial Lawyer Association, the Consumer Attorneys of California, and many more. Jeffrey S. Pop has been chosen by SuperLawyers every consecutive year since 2006.

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 evaluationWe are available to speak with you by phone or email, and can even travel to you.

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DISCLAIMER: Any information submitted is confidential. 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. Your inquiry will be responded to by our team within 24 business hours.

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