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Flu Season 2017-2018: Flu Shot Injuries

With the start of the 2017-2018 flu season this past week, many people are depending on home remedies and over the counter medications to help stave off the virus. Some elevate their basic hygiene (washing hands, keeping surfaces clean), and some increase their fluid intake or manage their sleep and rest schedules with a more watchful eye. Here you can see our new blog post on this year’s flu season, which covers everything from symptoms to complications to differents types of treatments. For those that would rather not depend on home remedies or medicine from a pharmacy to prevent influenza, the flu...

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The 2017-2018 Flu Season: Facts, Symptoms, Complications and Treatment

Flu Season: 2017 - 2018 In literal terms, the flu season is an annually (yearly) recurring period of time that is characterized by the prevalence of influenza virus outbreaks. Due to the frequency of germ spreading actions (sneezing, coughing, etc..) in lower temperatures, the flu season occurs during the colder half of the year. Thus, the flu season typically lasts from October through March, occasionally until May, and reaches it’s peak around February. This year’s flu season follows suit; it officially began roughly one week ago (October 2017) despite unusually high temperatures around the country, and will run through until March 2018....

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The Vaccine Injury Table Has Been Revised to Include GBS and SIRVA

The Vaccine Injury Table is a chart that outlines vaccines and possible vaccine injuries that are recognized as compensable cases by the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). While vaccine injuries not listed on the table may also be compensated, if a vaccine injury fits within the parameters set forth in the Vaccine Injury Table, the burden shifts to the government to prove that the vaccine did not cause the injury. These “table cases” are often easier to prove in Court. As of late 2016, two common vaccine injuries, Guillain-Barre Syndrome (“GBS”) and SIRVA (“Shoulder Injury Resulting from Vaccine Administration”), were not...

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Potential Lawsuits for Reactions to The Zostavax Vaccine

Those who have suffered an injury from the Zostavax (shingles) vaccine remain ineligible for compensation through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP).  However, new information has come to light and victims may be eligible to pursue a direct claim against the pharmaceutical manufacturer. We are working with a law firm that is currently investigating the possibility of lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies involved in the production of the Zostavax (shingles) vaccination. Zostavax was developed as a vaccination against the chickenpox and shingles viruses, but the relatively new vaccine has been found to be ineffective, causing a range of very serious side effects. The drug...

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Effective Immediately: The Statute of Limitations for Shoulder Injuries and Guillain-Barre Syndrome Cases Has Been Extended [Retroactively] to March 27th, 2009.

Effective March 21, 2017, the vaccine injury table was amended to include: Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) from an influenza vaccine; and Shoulder injury cases (SIRVA).   This means that someone diagnosed with a shoulder injury or GBS following a flu vaccine as far back as March 20, 2009, could be entitled to money damages.   Accordingly, if you or someone you know had GBS or a shoulder injury from vaccination at any time from March 20, 2009 forward, and you or that person either did not know about the vaccine program in time to file a claim or the claim was filed within the past...

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2016-2017 Flu Season – Important Issues In Vaccine Safety

As we head into the upcoming flu season, it is important for parents to immunize themselves and their children against the influenza virus.  Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control Prevention encourages Americans to receive flu shots each year. While not 100% effective, an annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others.  Vaccine Reactions & Injuries Although flu and other vaccinations are generally safe, rare reactions and injuries do occur. For those who are planning on receiving...

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We Are Seeing A Definitive Increase In Shoulder Injury (“SIRVA”) Claims

SIRVA (“shoulder injury related to vaccine administration”) is caused by an injury to the musculoskeletal structures of the shoulder – ligaments, tendons, bursae –  due to trauma from a needle entering the bursa and/or rotator cuff, resulting in an inflammatory response. The injury is typically the result of injecting too high on the shoulder. Rather than entering the muscle tissue in the portion of the shoulder between the elbow and the joint, the needle enters the joint space, resulting in a physical trauma injury to the shoulder.

Max Muller of My Vaccine Lawyer Wins Compensation for a Victim of Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (“CIDP”)

Attorney Max Muller was retained by a man who suffered from CIDP as the result of a flu shot. Approximately three days after vaccination, he felt significant leg weakness and numbness which developed into an inability to walk over the following few days. He was ultimately diagnosed with CIDP and continues to undergo Intravenous Immunoglobulin (“IVIG”) treatments more than three years after diagnosis. Attorney Max Muller filed a petition in the Court of Federal Claims seeking compensation from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.  The case was complicated by the client's prior back injury from which he experienced leg weakness and tingling for...

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Paul Brazil Of My Vaccine Lawyer Wins Compensation For Woman Who Suffered Injuries From Multiple Vaccines

Attorney Paul Brazil was retained by a young woman who, on September 26, 2013, received several vaccinations at her primary care physician’s office including influenza, hepatitis A and human papilloma virus. Immediately following her vaccinations, her health rapidly declined. She developed severe fatigue followed by urinary incontinence and was taken to the emergency room where she was diagnosed with probable mononucleosis and discharged. Her health continued to deteriorate further. She began to lose sensory response and demonstrated extreme weakness. Soon after, she was intubated and diagnosed with transverse myelitis and encephalomyelitis. For approximately one week she was in and out of consciousness, and...

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