Zostavax Shingles Vaccine
Zostavax is a vaccine designed to prevent shingles, an extremely painful rash similar to chickenpox. This vaccine, approved by the FDA in May 2006 for adults 50 years old and over, is manufactured by Merck and is the only live virus shingles vaccine currently available on the market. Recently, it has been discovered that not only is the Zostavax shingles vaccine not that helpful in preventing shingles, it can also lead to very serious side effects, including death.
Potts Law Firm is currently accepting cases for individuals who suffered complications from the Zostavax shingles vaccine. If you or a loved one suffered complications from the Zostavax shingles vaccine, contact Potts Law Firm for a free legal consultation at 888-902-6245.
What side effects have been reported with Zostavax Shingles Vaccine?
The Zostavax shingles vaccine has been linked to the following complications:
- postherpetic neuralgia (the burning that continues long after the shingles rash clears)
- nerve pain
- vision loss
- retinitis (nerve damage to the eye’s retina)
- neurologic infections
- meningitis (nerve damage or inflammation to the brain and spinal cord)
- encephalitis (nerve damage or inflammation to the brain)
- disseminated varicella (when the shingles virus spreads to other organs)
- secondary bacterial infections from the shingles rash
How does Zostavax Shingles Vaccine Cause Complications?
Typically a vaccine contains particles of a killed-off virus. When the vaccine is injected into your body, your immune system reacts and creates antibodies to fight the virus. Since the vaccine doesn’t contain a live virus, the patient doesn’t the disease from the vaccine.
However, the Zostavax shingles vaccine is an active vaccine comprised of live viruses which can cause shingles and other serious complications.
Yes. According to the National Vaccine Information Center (NCIV), more than 1,100 serious adverse events related to Zostavax shingles vaccine were reported. At least 90 of these were deaths associated with the shingles vaccine.
At Potts Law Firm, your case will be investigated thoroughly. Vaccine cases are very complex and require only the most skilled lawyers to litigate. Potts Law Firm is comprised of highly respected and experienced attorneys with superior staff to work on your case. Our team has a proven track record of national results.
We will request the medical records on your behalf and our experienced medical team will analyze the records and assist your lawyers throughout the case. In addition, a legal professional will be available to assist you with the entire process.