The Shingrix vaccine is helpful for the prevention of shingles, a painful and debilitating condition caused by the reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus. While the vaccine is highly effective in reducing the risk of shingles, it can come with side effects.
In rare cases, more severe side effects, such as difficulty breathing, may occur. If you experience these symptoms after receiving the Shingrix vaccine, you can file a lawsuit to seek compensation. It is advisable to consult a lawyer from a vaccine injury law firm that has dealt with such cases before. This may bolster your claim and enhance your chances of receiving proper compensation.
Shingrix vs. Zostavax: Evaluating the Risks and Efficacy
Shingrix and Zostavax are two vaccines designed to protect against shingles (varicella-zoster virus). However, there are notable differences between them in terms of efficacy and potential side effects.
Studies have shown that Shingrix is 68 to 91% effective in preventing shingles and its complications, even in older adults. Common side effects of Shingrix include pain and swelling in the area of injection, as well as mild flu-like symptoms. These side effects are generally short-lived.
On the other hand, Zostavax has been reported to be less effective (51%) in reducing the risk of shingles. Also, its efficacy tends to decrease with age.
The side effects of Zostavax include redness, pain, and swelling at the injection site. Some individuals may experience headaches or a mild rash. However, serious side effects such as fainting are rare.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends Shingrix over Zostavax as the preferred shingles vaccine. Shingrix has demonstrated greater effectiveness and longer-lasting protection. Moreover, Zostavax is no longer available in the US market.
The Serious Side Effects of Shingrix
In very rare cases, a serious nervous disorder, namely Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), was reported after the Shingrix shot. Also, fainting and severe allergic reactions may be associated with Shingrix administration.
Complications with Shingrix Administration
Unfortunately, those who experience these side effects may refrain from their daily normal activities. Additionally, victims may experience intense pain or discomfort that can limit their ability to move the affected arm freely. Jobs that require physical labor or repetitive movements may be particularly affected if there is severe pain, swelling, or restricted mobility.
The disruption of daily life can contribute to mental and emotional strain. Your lawyer will consider all these complications when terminating the damages for compensation.
Legal Landscape: Shingrix Vaccine Lawsuits and Patient Rights
There have been reports of shingles vaccine lawsuits, specifically targeting the Shingrix vaccine. These cases have been put together into a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) due to commonality in the allegations made by the victims. The core claim among these cases is that the shingles vaccine is deemed unsafe and is purportedly linked to zoster-related injuries.
Patients have rights when it comes to medical interventions such as vaccinations. Also, informed consent is a cornerstone, and patients have the right to be adequately informed about the benefits and possible risks that may show up following vaccination. Failure to provide this information may be grounds for legal action.
If you have been injured by a Shingrix vaccine, you can consider legal action to seek damages. Our lawyers are ready to listen to your case and help you file a lawsuit within the stipulated timeline. Contact us today, and let us review your case to determine its merit.