Zostavax, which is produced by Merck & Co Inc. Pharmaceuticals, is a vaccine designed to prevent shingles in people age 50 and older who have already experienced chickenpox.
Shingles appear on the body as a very painful rash with blisters, usually on the torso. Symptoms can last days or even weeks. It can also reoccur many times.
Due to such painful and sometimes frequent symptoms, many people jumped at the chance to protect themselves against this painful virus with the Zostavax vaccine.
However, numerous people have experienced adverse side effects as a result.
Possible Side Effects of Zostavax
Possible side effects of Zostavax include
- Hearing problems
- Liver failure
If you or a loved one have experienced these or any other
side effects after receiving the Zostavax vaccine, you may be entitled to
compensation for your injuries. Please contact VanDerGinst Law today.
Zostavax Causes Shingles?
A potential major adverse side effect of Zostavax is that it can cause the very thing it hopes to prevent, shingles.
How can a shingles vaccine that is supposed to protect consumers against shingles end up causing it?
The vaccine Zostavax uses the herpes zoster virus, or shingles, to try to get a response from the body’s immune system.
Vaccines usually use a weakened form of the virus that will give the body a “test run” if it were to encounter the virus and build up an immunity.
However, for some people with weakened immune systems or other complications, the Zostavax vaccine may cause shingles because the body was not able to fight off the herpes zoster virus.
To top it off, this vaccine has been shown to ONLY
work in 50% of cases, and it only lasts for around six years if it does
If you or a loved one have inadvertently contracted the shingles virus after receiving the Zostavax vaccine, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Please contact VanDerGinst Law today.
A lawsuit has already been filed alleging Merck was aware
the vaccine could cause patients to contract shingles and the company failed to
warn consumers of the risk until 2014 — seven years after the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) approved the vaccine.
To qualify for this lawsuit, you must meet certain criteria:
the Zostavax vaccine after 2006
shingles at least three weeks after but within one year of vaccination
with shingles by a medical professional
Have You Suffered a Personal Injury Due to Zostavax?
If you or a loved one has contracted shingles or suffered from one of the many side effects after receiving the Zostavax vaccine, you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical bills. Don’t wait—contact VanDerGinst Law now.
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If you’ve been injured due to Zostavax, contact us today.