Most children are immunized with the Hib vaccine during childhood, which protects them against a bacteria that causes serious infections that include pneumonia, meningitis, blood infections, and more. Though the Hib vaccine is one of the safest vaccines, it can have severe side effects. For example, a life-threatening allergic reaction could cause death. If you are the victim of a serious Hiv vaccine injury, you are not alone.
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Hib Vaccine Overview
Before the Hib vaccine was invented, more than 20,000 children suffered a serious infection from a bacteria called Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). Today, Hib infections are rare, with a few dozen cases in the U.S. every year. The Hib vaccine can cause several life-threatening infections, including:
- Meningitis: This infection primarily affects the protective lining around the brain. It can also infect the spinal cord and cause infection of the blood.
- Pneumonia: This is a lung infection that can make it very difficult to breathe.
- Epiglottitis: This is a severe throat infection, in which the epiglottis (the covering that prevents food from going into the windpipe) becomes severely inflamed.
- Infections affecting the joints, bones, and blood
Most children are immunized against Hib before their fifth birthday, and most preschools and elementary schools require proof of this immunization. The child must have four shots, at ages 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 12-15 months. Some children get the Hib vaccine in combination with the DTaP vaccine, because the vaccine schedule is similar. Hib is also sometimes combined with the Polio vaccine or the Hepatitis B vaccine.
Hib Vaccine Side Effects
The Hib vaccine is one of the safest vaccines, and side effects are rare and usually mild. The most commonly reported Hib vaccine side effects include tenderness, redness, or swelling at the site of the injection. Common side effects that are more serious include low fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions/shock, and prolonged crying.
Another risk is that the Hib vaccine temporarily lowers a child’s protective antibody levels, which temporarily increases their vulnerability to Hib infection.
Although rare, the Hib vaccine is known to cause anaphylaxis, which is a severe whole-body allergic reaction that can cause the tongue and throat to become severely swollen within minutes or hours of the shot. Oxygen deprivation can cause severe organ damage, organ failure, brain damage, disability, or death.
Guillain-Barré syndrome is another potential side effect of the Hib vaccine. This neurological disorder causes chronic pain, weakness in the muscles, and can cause paralysis. However, because this disorder is very rare and no one knows what causes it, experts are still unsure whether the Hib vaccine actually causes Guillain-Barré syndrome.
Hib Vaccine Injury Claim
If you or someone you know was harmed by the Hib vaccine, you could receive up to $250,000 in compensation if you file a Hib vaccine injury claim with the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). Experts at a special federal Vaccine Court review each claim to determine whether there is a high likelihood that the vaccine actually caused the injury in the claim. Each case may be awarded up to $250,000 for pain and suffering, medical expenses, legal expenses, and more.
Do you qualify for a Hib vaccine injury claim? Certain minimal requirements must first be met. The VICP only compensates serious injuries — the injury must have lasted at least six months, caused disability or death, or required hospitalization or surgery. Furthermore, only certain people are eligible to apply — people who were directly harmed by the vaccine, parents of children or family members who were injured, or legal guardians of injured people. If you have a Hib vaccine injury claim, you must file before the time limit expires — within three years of an injury, two years of a death, and four years of an injury that caused death.
As of June 2012, the VICP has received 25 claims regarding the Hib vaccine. Of these, 22 are due to injuries, and 3 are for deaths. The VICP has decided to dismiss 12 cases, and they have awarded financial compensation in 9 cases. The rest of the cases have yet to be decided.
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