Miami Zostavax Lawyer
Shingles is a viral infection that manifests as a painful rash that typically occurs in stripes of blisters that wrap around the torso. It is particularly prevalent in older populations. A number of vaccines have been developed over the years to decrease a person’s chances of contracting shingles, though some of these vaccines have either been ineffective, or outright dangerous. Zostavax is both. In fact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people who received the Zostavax vaccine in the past should be re-vaccinated with the new shingles vaccine, Shingrix. But worse than it being ineffective in some people, people vaccinated with Zostavax may develop serious side effects, including stroke, spinal cord inflammation, and even death. If you or a loved one were vaccinated with Zostavax and developed a serious medical condition as a result, the Miami Zostavax lawyers at Spencer Morgan Law are here to help.
How the Vaccine Zostavax Works
The Zostavax vaccine includes a weak form of the shingles virus (herpes zoster), which the body is forced to fight off after injection. When everything works perfectly, the body’s immune system develops an immunity to shingles after being vaccinated. However, this immunity only lasts a maximum of six years, and is only effective for half the population. And, for people who are immunocompromised, their immune systems may not win the battle against the tiny amount of the herpes zoster virus within the vaccine. As such, they can develop chicken pox or shingles. In even more serious cases, victims can suffer stroke, brain damage, and even death.
Serious Side Effects of the Zostavax Vaccine
Zostavax, which was manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Merck, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006, earning hundreds of millions of dollars annually until it was inevitably recalled in November of 2018. According to Merck & Co., Inc, Zostavax is intended for patients who are 50 years or older. While the typical side effects of a Zostavax vaccine include fever, muscle pain, headache, and even contracting shingles or chickenpox, far worse side effects exist. These include:
- Congestive heart failure;
- Brain damage
- Vision loss/blindness
- Hearing loss/deafness;
- Liver failure;
- Autoimmune disorders;
- Spinal cord inflammation; and
Contact a Miami Zostavax Lawyer at Spencer Morgan Law Today For Help
Whether you or a loved one got sick with the chickenpox or shingles at between three weeks and 12 months after receiving the Zostavax vaccine, or if you developed a serious illness or injury within two years of taking the Zostavax vaccine, we may be able to help you recover a large financial compensation from the manufacturer. Zostavax can cause brain damage, liver damage, blindness, stroke, and death. The compensation that we may be able to help you receive can go toward your medical bills, loss of joy of life, pain and suffering, loss of consortium in the event of the death of a loved one, and more. To learn more about your legal options, call the experienced Miami Zostavax lawyers at Spencer Morgan Law today at 305-423-3800 to schedule a free consultation.