Blood Disorders from Vaccines
We help people who have suffered a blood disorder called thrombocytopenic purpura following a covered vaccine. The condition is also called immune thrombocytopenic purpura, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, or ITP. ITP is an autoimmune disease which causes a low blood platelet count which effects clotting and can result in internal bleeding and external bleeding underneath or from the skin. Besides abnormally low platelet counts, signs of ITP include:
These symptoms often lead persons to seek medical attention, which then leads to testing and diagnosis of ITP.
Have You Suffered a Blood Disorder From a Vaccine?
ITP is a rare disorder but is a known side effect of vaccines containing the measles virus, including the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Although studies have indicated no increased risk of ITP from other vaccines, the Program has compensated persons following seasonal influenza (flu), hepatitis A (Hep A), varicella (chicken pox), human papillomavirus (HPV, including Gardasil), and tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccines.
Criteria for Recovering an ITP Claim
Most claims based upon ITP involve the onset of the first symptoms between 7 and 30 days. To recover, ITP or its residual effects must meet one of three criteria: