Seasonal Flu Vaccine Injuries
The flu vaccine is one of the most frequently administered in the United States. Its formulation changes from one “flu season” to the next, to protect against three (trivalent) or four (quadrivalent) different flu viruses expected for that season, which is usually from October and through May. The seasonal flu vaccine is normally given by an injection or a nasal spray.
One of the most common vaccine injuries resulting from the flu vaccine are injuries to the shoulder and surrounding structures and tissue where the shot is given. These are known as Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration, or “SIRVA,” injuries and can result in a variety of symptoms including:
Have you suffered a vaccine injury from the flu vaccine?
In addition to SIRVA Injuries, we help people who have suffered certain kinds of injuries following the seasonal flu (influenza) vaccine. The conditions are autoimmune disorders causing damage to the nervous system, mainly Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) or one of its subtypes called acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (AIDP), Miller-Fisher syndrome, acute motor axonal neuropathy (AMAN), and acute motor and sensory neuropathy (AMSAN).
This act formed the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program under the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Government. In the event a vaccine causes a serious problem, the NVICP may provide financial compensation to those individuals who it finds have been injured by a NVICP-covered vaccine.
GBS is an acute paralysis caused by dysfunction in the peripheral nervous system (i.e., the nervous system outside the brain and spinal cord). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), when a person is first experiencing GBS, the symptoms will include varying degrees of weakness or tingling sensations in the legs. In many instances the symmetrical weakness and abnormal sensations spread to the arms and upper body. Later, these symptoms can increase in intensity until certain muscles cannot be used at all. Then, in the most severe cases, the person is almost totally paralyzed, and sometimes require a ventilator to assist with breathing. While many persons recover from these disorders, some are left with permanent conditions or impairments, and almost all suffer some type of loss that may be compensated by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
While these conditions, along with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), are usually associated with the flu vaccine, they may also give rise to a claim following some of the other covered vaccines.
Most claims based upon GBS caused by the flu vaccine involve the onset of these first symptoms anywhere between 3 days to 6 weeks, and sometimes longer. To recover, GBS or its residual effects must meet one of three criteria: (1) lasted at least 6 months after the date of the vaccination, (2) resulted in you being in a hospital where you were required to have surgery, or (3) resulted in death. Our attorneys have experience handling these type of claims and can provide you with a free consultation and initial evaluation of your case.