SUMMARY: Since the introduction of the first chickenpox vaccine in 1995, millions of Americans have avoided the pain and discomfort associated with this highly-contagious disease.Unfortunately, many children and adults who get vaccinated suffer dangerous and sometimes life-threatening complications.
What Vaccines are Available for Chickenpox? What are the Risks?
Chickenpox (also known as varicella) is a highly-contagious disease that is known for its hallmark blister-like rash that usuallyleads to extreme discomfort. Before the chickenpox vaccine was introduced in 1995, around four million children and adults contracted chickenpox every year. Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the chickenpox vaccine prevents more than 3.5 million cases of chickenpox annually, and saves 100 lives each year.
While there is no question that varicella vaccines are very effective at preventing chickenpox, unfortunately, many individuals who get vaccinated also suffer dangerous side effects. In some cases, complications from chickenpox vaccinationscan lead to life-threatening illnesses and injuries.
Current Vaccinations for Chickenpox (Varicella)
There are currently two chickenpox vaccines approved for use in the United States. These are:
- Varivax–Varivax is manufactured by Merck and is specifically intended for vaccination against varicella.
- ProQuad – ProQuad is also manufactured by Merck and is a combination vaccine that protects against chickenpox, measles, mumps and rubella.
Young children typically receive these vaccines in two doses – one between 12 and 15 months of age and another between the ages of four and six years.However, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) suggests that the second dose can be given at any time at least three months after the initial vaccination.For children and adults ages 13 years or older, DHHS recommends two doses at least 28 days apart.
The Risks Associated with Chickenpox (Varicella) Vaccinations
With limited exceptions, the CDC recommends that all children and adults get vaccinated against varicella.According to the CDC, getting the “chickenpox vaccine is safer than getting chickenpox.” Unfortunately, while this may be true for most people, many people suffer dangerous side effects after receiving the vaccine. Some of the most common risks associated with chickenpox vaccines include:
- Brain damage
- Febrile seizure
- Severe allergic reactions
- Shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration (SIRVA)
- Soreness and swelling at the injection site
The CDC has reported that individuals who get vaccinated with ProQuad experience fevers and rashes at higher rates than those who receive Varivax. Febrile seizures are also more common among ProQuad recipients and typically occur within five to twelve days after the first dose.
What to Do if You Experience Vaccine Side Effects or a Vaccine Injury
If you experience hives, swelling, difficulty breathing, fast heartbeat, or lightheadedness after being vaccinated for chickenpox, these may be warning signs of potentially dangerous side effects. We recommend that individuals experiencing adverse vaccine reactions seek medical attention right away and be sure to tell your doctor about your recent vaccination. If your condition is the result of being vaccinated with Varivax or ProQuad, you may be entitled to compensation from the government.At the Law Office of Leah V. Durant, PLLC, our practice focuses exclusively on helping victims pursue claims for vaccine related injuries.
Contact the Law Office of Leah V. Durant, PLLC about Your Chickenpox Vaccine Injury
If you or a loved one has become ill or suffered injuryas a result of a chickenpox vaccination, contact our office for a free consultation today. Vaccine attorney Leah Durant helps individuals fight for the compensation they deserve. To find out if you have a claim, contact vaccine attorney Leah Durant today.