The MMR vaccine is given to protect against measles, mumps, and rubella. In rare cases, the vaccine causes serious side effects — including seizure disorders, permanent brain damage, severe allergic reactions, blood disorders, and more.
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MMR Vaccine Overview
The MMR vaccine is an immunization against three highly contagious viral diseases:
- Measles: This is a respiratory illness that causes fever, bloodshot eyes, cough, rash, muscle pain, and other debilitating symptoms.
- Mumps: This causes very painful swelling of the salivary glands. It can also cause high fever, headache, and affect the central nervous system or other organs.
- Rubella (German measles): This causes a severe rash all over the body. Other symptoms of this disease include fever, headache, muscle pain, and more. When pregnant women get this disease, it can cause birth defects and miscarriage.
The MMR vaccine is a childhood vaccine. It is given in two doses. The first dose is given at age 12-15 months, and the second dose is a booster shot that is given when the child is 4-6 years old. If there is an outbreak of measles, mumps, or rubella, children may be vaccinated earlier.
MMR Vaccine Side Effects
Side effects of the MMR vaccine are far less common than measles, mumps, or rubella. Furthermore, the risk of side effects is lower for the MMR vaccine than the MMRV vaccine, which combines MMR with the Chicken Pox vaccine. Children who get the MMRV vaccine are about twice as likely to have a fever-induced febrile seizure than children who get separate MMR and Chicken Pox vaccines.
Severe MMR vaccine side effects include:
- Swelling of the glands in the cheek or neck
- Seizure (jerking or staring) caused by fever (occurs in one per 3,000 doses)
- Temporary pain and stiffness in the joints
- Low blood platelet count, which can cause a permanent blood disorder (occurs in one per 30,000 doses)
- Severe, life-threatening allergic reaction (occurs in one per 1,000,000 doses)
- Long-term seizure disorders
- Lowered consciousness
- Permanent brain damage
- Encephalopathy (encephalitis)
- Chronic arthritis
- Thrombocytopenic purpura (blood disorder)
- Vaccine-Strain Measles viral infection
- And more
MMR Vaccine Injury Claims
Do you have an MMR vaccine injury claim? You may be entitled to significant compensation for your pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, lost income, and legal fees. To help the victims of vaccine injuries, Congress established the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) in 1989. Each vaccine injury claim is eligible for up to $250,000 in compensation, and the VICP has paid out more than $2.4 billion since it was established.
If you decide to file an MMR vaccine lawsuit, you may wish to hire a vaccine injury attorney. Your attorney can help you make the best case possible, for the highest amount of compensation possible. The claim must be filed in a special Vaccine Court in Washington D.C. There, experts review each case and decide whether to award compensation. If they are convinced that the vaccine is responsible for the injury, they will award compensation.
Before you can file an MMR vaccine injury claim, you must meet the following requirements:
- The MMR vaccine must have caused injury to you, your child, or your family member who is disabled or deceased. You may also file an MMR vaccine lawsuit if you are a legal guardian of a disabled adult or a child who was injured.
- There is a limited amount of time to file a claim. You have two years for a claim of death, three years for an injury, and four years for an injury that caused death.
- Only serious injuries are eligible for compensation. The MMR vaccine injury must have lasted for at least six months, or caused disability or death, or required hospitalization or surgery.
Up until January 1, 2012, the VICP has reviewed 901 MMR vaccine injury claims — 845 for injuries and 56 for deaths. The VICP awarded compensation for 328 cases and dismissed 460 cases.
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