The chickenpox vaccine is a routine immunization to prevent infection with varicella, a highly contagious virus. Unfortunately, in rare cases, the vaccine itself causes life-threatening side effects — including severe allergic reactions, pneumonia, brain damage, seizures, and more.
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Chickenpox Vaccine Overview
Chickenpox is a common, highly contagious skin disease suffered by thousands of people every year. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VCV). In most cases, chickenpox infection causes an itchy, blister-like skin rash all over the body, fatigue, and fever. In some cases, chickenpox can become life-threatening. The risk is greatest for babies, adults, pregnant women, and people who have a weakened immune system.
Since the chickenpox vaccine was introduced in 1994, the number of life-threatening chickenpox infections has dropped significantly. The vaccine is the best protection against chickenpox. It consists of a weakened varicella virus, which triggers an immune response. Your body creates antibodies, which identify and destroy the chickenpox virus. This prevents a future chickenpox infection.
Chickenpox Vaccine Side Effects
For a small number of people, the chickenpox vaccine itself can have serious side effects. The most severe chickenpox vaccine side effects include allergic reaction, anaphylactic shock, high fever, seizures, pneumonia, and more. These severe side effects can cause serious injuries, permanent physical disability, intellectual disability, or death. The risk of febrile seizures is lower when children are given a chickenpox vaccine in one arm and an MMR vaccine in the other, as opposed to a combination MMRV vaccine.
Chickenpox vaccine side effects include, but are not limited to:
- Allergic reaction at the injection site, which may be life-threatening
- Soreness, redness, swelling at the injection site (may be severe)
- High fever
- Seizure (jerking or staring episodes), which may be caused by fever
- Severe brain reactions
- Low blood count
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is currently conducting a study of the MMRV vaccine, which combines Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella into one injection. Preliminary results from the study have found children who get the MMRV vaccine may be twice as likely to have a seizure within 7-10 days after getting the shot, compared to children who get two separate MMR or varicella (chickenpox) vaccines at the same doctor’s appointment.
Experts also warn that parents should not give a child aspirin or ibuprofen when they have chickenpox, and for 6 weeks after the disease. Giving aspirin during this time can cause Reyes syndrome, a serious illness that causes brain damage and liver damage. Giving ibuprofen during this time can cause severe infections.
Chickenpox Vaccine Lawyer
For most vaccine injuries, the court has a specific list of injuries and a timetable in which the injury must have occurred. For chickenpox vaccines, there are no specific injuries specified. This means that each claim is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. You must prove that there is a high probability that the injury was caused by the vaccine.
Most people decide hire a vaccine injury lawyer to handle their claim. Vaccine injury claims typically take 2-3 years to adjudicate. Unlike other drug injury claims, vaccine injury claims are handled in a special federal court in Washington D.C. Fortunately, so long as certain minimal requirements are met, the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) will pay for your attorney’s fees and legal expenses. The VICP does not pay the fees of people who represent themselves.
Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
If you decide to file a chickenpox vaccine lawsuit, you may receive up to $250,000 from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). Since this program was established in 1989, judges have awarded more than $2.4 billion in compensation to victims of vaccine injuries.
You are eligible to file a claim if you meet the following requirements:
- If you, your child, or if you are the legal guardian of someone who was injured by a vaccine
- If the vaccine injury was serious — either it lasted for at least 6 months, or required hospitalization, or needed surgery, or caused death
- A vaccine injury claim must be filed within 3 years of the vaccination, within 2 years of a sudden death, or within 4 years of a serious injury that eventually caused death
Do I have a Chickenpox Vaccine Lawsuit?
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