If you are the victim of rubella vaccine side effects, you are not alone, and you may have a rubella vaccine lawsuit. In rare cases, the rubella vaccine can cause brain damage, seizures, high fever, and other serious events. If you were injured by the rubella vaccine, you could be entitled to as much as $250,000 from the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).
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Rubella Vaccine Overview
The rubella vaccine is a routine childhood immunization against rubella, a highly-contagious viral illness, also sometimes called German measles. People who are infected with rubella typically have a skin rash all over their body, muscle aches, bloodshot eyes, and other ailments. Rubella is very dangerous when pregnant women are infected, because it can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, or severe birth defects.
Since the rubella vaccine was invented in 1969, most children in the U.S. are immunized against this disease. Nearly all children receive the MMR vaccine, which is a combination immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella. Some people get the MMRV vaccine, which also immunizes against varicella (chickenpox), but this vaccine is linked to higher rates of rash, fever, and seizure than the MMR vaccine.
Rubella Vaccine Side Effects
The chances of suffering a rubella vaccine side effect are very low — much lower than the risk of getting rubella. However, experts know that severe, life-threatening side effects are possible. These side effects can cause serious injury, disability, or death.
The following side effects have been associated with the rubella vaccine, or combination vaccines containing the rubella antigen:
- High fever (above 105)
- Febrile seizures (jerking or staring), which are caused by fever, and occur in one per 3,000 children
- Allergic reaction, which is life-threatening in approximately 1 per 1,000,000 children
- Low blood platelet count after the vaccine, which may cause a permanent blood disorder in 1 per 30,000 children
- Thrombocytopenic purpura (blood disorder)
- Body rash
- Swollen, painful glands in the face, cheek, or throat
- Lowered consciousness, coma
- Encephalopathy (encephalitis)
- Brain damage
- Vaccine-Strain Measles Viral Infection (when the rubella vaccine is combined with the measles vaccine)
- And more
Rubella Vaccine Injury Claims
If you have a rubella vaccine injury claim, the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) could award you up to $250,000 for your injury. The VICP is a federal program that Congress established in 1989 with a $0.75 tax on all vaccines.
Experts at the federal Vaccine Court in Washington D.C. review each case, and decide whether there is sufficient evidence that the vaccine caused the injury. If there is a high likelihood that the rubella vaccine caused your injury, the experts will award compensation. Each case could be eligible for a maximum of $250,000 for pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, lost income, legal expenses, and more.
Since the VICP was established, the court has reviewed 193 rubella vaccine lawsuits. There were 4 claims for death, and 189 rubella vaccine injury claims. The court dismissed 123 cases, and awarded compensation to 70 cases.
The VICP has reviewed more than 900 MMR vaccine injury cases, and awarded compensation in approximately 50% of the cases.
Qualifications for a Rubella Vaccine Lawsuit
- You must file within the time limit, so act quickly. You have three years for an injury claim, two years for a claim for death, and four years for a claim for injury that later caused death.
- Only people directly harmed by the vaccine may apply. You may apply if the vaccine hurt you, your child, or your deceased/disabled family member. Legal guardians of injured people may also apply.
- The VICP only accepts claims for serious injuries. You must submit proof that the injury lasted for at least six months, or needed hospitalization or surgery, or caused a permanent disability or death.
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