Experts recommend getting the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine during childhood. Unfortunately, in rare cases, this vaccine can cause severe side effects — including life-threatening allergic reaction, high fever, brain damage, disability, or death. If you, your child, or your loved one has suffered an injury caused by this vaccine, you could be entitled to up to $250,000 if you file a pneumococcal conjugate vaccine lawsuit.
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Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Overview
The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine is a routine childhood immunization against several strains of the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. At least 90 types of this bacteria can cause illnesses which include pneumonia, blood infections, and meningitis, and deafness. Though the illnesses are rare, they can cause permanent disability or death. A major problem is that there are now several strains of the bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, which means that they are nearly impossible to treat.
The best way to prevent the diseases is with a pneumococcal conjugate vaccine. Today, most people get the PCV13 vaccine, which immunizes a child against the 13 most dangerous strains of the pneumococcal bacteria. In the past, most children were immunized with the PCV7 vaccine, which protected children against 7 strains of the pneumococcal bacteria. In rare cases, children with chronic illnesses may be given the PPSV23 vaccine.
Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Side Effects
The most common side effects of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine are mild and not life-threatening.
- 50% of children become drowsy, have a loss of appetite, and have mild redness and/or tenderness at the site of the injection.
- 33% of children have swelling at the site of the injection, or they develop a mild fever.
- 80% of children become irritable or fussy after the shot
- About 1 out of 20 children has a high fever, above 102.2 degrees F
Severe, life-threatening side effects are rare, but they do occur. One serious vaccine side effect is called anaphylaxis (also known as “anaphylactic shock”), in which an allergic reaction affects the entire body. The tongue and throat may swell, blocking the airway, causing suffocation, brain damage, permanent disability, or death.
Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Injury Claim
Do you have a pneumococcal conjugate vaccine injury claim? All potential vaccine lawsuits must first meet the following criteria:
- The vaccine must have caused a serious injury. It must have required hospitalization, or surgery, or lasted for six months or more, or caused disability or death.
- The vaccine must have caused an injury to you, or your child, or your family member who is now deceased or disabled. You may also be eligible to file a claim if you are a legal guardian of the person who was injured.
- The vaccine injury claim must be filed within three years for an injury, two years for a death, and four years for an injury that caused death.
Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine injury claims go before a special Vaccine Court in Washington D.C. There, experts review each case to determine if there is a good chance that the injury was actually caused by the vaccine. Vaccine injuries may be awarded up to $250,000 from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). This program, funded by a $0.75 tax on all vaccines, protects vaccine manufacturers from lawsuits while providing compensation to the victims of vaccine injuries.
Since the VICP was established in 1989, they have received 33 pneumococcal conjugate vaccine lawsuits. Of these, 29 were filed for an injury, and 4 were filed for a death. So far, the court has awarded compensation to 7 claims, and dismissed 20 claims.
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