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A resident of South Carolina was routinely vaccinated for herpes zoster, otherwise known as “shingles”, as the vast majority of people over 50 years old do today in the United States. The vaccine is known as Zostavax (zoster vaccine) and has been given to over 36 million people since it’s approval by the Food and Drug Administration in 2006. Two months after receiving the Zostavax vaccine, the patient began noticing changes in his vision. As the condition progressed, the patient’s sight continually worsened until finally diagnosed with a condition known as “retinal necrosis,” an irreversible decaying of the retina.

Were you given the Zostavax shingles vaccine and experienced adverse reactions following the vaccination?

If you've experienced side effects following the Zoster Vaccine "Zostavax", you could qualify for compensation.

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Since the lawsuit there as been a flood of new adverse event reports and injury claims across the US against the popular zoster vaccine, Zostavax. The lawsuits allege that vaccine manufacturer Merck’s medication causes viral injuries. These injuries would include partial blindness, full blindness, permanent hearing loss, and in some cases even infect the patient with the Shingles virus.

More than 36 million Americans were vaccinated with the Zostavax shingles vaccine which equates to approximately $685 million a year for Merck. In 2017, The U.S. Center of Disease Control recommended that adults ask for an alternative vaccine called “Shingrix” instead of Zostavax due to the high number of injuries that appear to be due to the Zostavax vaccine. Shingrix, made by GlaxoSmithKline, has only recently been approved by the FDA, ironically a few days prior to the CDC’s recommendation.

Can Zostavax cause meningitis, encephalitis, and other neurological disorders?

Shingles is a condition that is caused by the dormant chickenpox virus known as “varicella zoster.” Being that Zostavax is a vaccine, it contains the live virus in very small doses in an attempt to make the body create an immunity. The virus contained in Zostavax may cause chickenpox and shingles. Both viruses have the capacity to cause serious and permanent damage to the nervous system including:

  • Varicella Pneumonia
  • Permanent Blindness
  • Encephalitis
  • Meningitis
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  • Vasculitis
  • Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis
  • Heart Failure
  • Shingles
  • Stroke
  • Death

What is the extent of the risk with the Zostavax vaccine?

Basically the Zostavax vaccine is the same vaccine we are given for chickenpox, however, Zostavax is not natural and significantly more potent. The natural varicella zoster virus has the ability to trigger the immune system in the body of the patient which will reduce the chances of the virus to damage the patient. Zostavax does not appear to activate the immune system in the same way as other vaccines are intended and therefore the body does not have the same defense against the virus.

The warning label on Zostavax states that the vaccine may cause:

  • allergic reactions
  • fever
  • hives at the injection site
  • joint pain
  • muscle pain
  • nausea
  • rash at the injection site
  • swollen glands near the injection site

Significant and Dangerous injuries to the brain and heart may occur:

  • Intense neuropathic pain
  • Encephalitis, an acute inflammation of the brain
  • Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
  • Stroke
  • Ataxia (trouble walking)
  • Hypertonia (increased muscle tone)
  • Hypotonia (decreased muscle tone), and
  • Hemiparesis (weakness on one-side of the body)
  • Cardiomyopathy

First and foremost, listen to your doctor’s recommendations regarding treatment and whether or not to take Zostavax or any other medications. Next, if you have suffered from any complications or injuries following a vaccination for the zoster virus with the medication Zostavax, get professional legal help by contacting Schmidt National Law Group today for a free case evaluation by calling 1-800-631-5656.

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