Allergic or Anaphylactic Reactions
Vaccines, like any other medication, can cause allergic reactions. Our vaccine injury lawyers are skilled at handling cases of adverse reactions to vaccines such as the flu shot, TDAP/DTAP, HPV, and more covered under the National Vaccine Injury Program. In the past three years alone, our firm has obtained over $25 million in vaccine injury settlements. Our clients pay no attorney’s fees. Visit our results page for more info.
What is an Anaphylactic Reaction?
Anaphylaxis or anaphylactic reaction is a severe allergic reaction and can be potentially life-threatening. The reaction can occur within seconds or minutes of exposure to a foreign substance. The most common causes of anaphylactic reaction are drugs, foods, or insect bites.
Anaphylaxis symptoms include:
- Swelling of the tongue and/or throat
- Shortness of breath
- Abdominal pain
Treatment for Anaphylactic Reaction
In severe anaphylactic reactions, the universal treatment is epinephrine injection, usually referred to by the brand name EpiPen®. Epinephrine is injectable adrenaline.
The injection is performed in the thigh as soon as symptoms begin. The epinephrine works by relaxing and opening airways which makes breathing easier. The adrenaline also relieves itching, hives, and swelling.
We recently settled a vaccine injury claim for a child who suffered an allergic reaction to vaccination, which then led to a permanent beef allergy. Read about it here.
How does compensation for allergic reactions to vaccines work?
If you or your child suffered an anaphylactic reaction to a vaccine, you may be entitled to compensation from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. For more information, please contact us for a free consultation. We welcome the opportunity to speak with you.