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ITP After MMR Vaccine

Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is a blood disorder that causes issues with clotting. While not normally life-threatening, in some cases patients can experience symptoms lasting six months or longer, and ITP has the potential to cause certain potentially-serious complications. There has been no confirmed link between ITP and the flu shot, but several recent cases have established a link between ITP and the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).

Individuals diagnosed with ITP following an MMR immunization may be entitled to financial compensation for their medical bills, loss of income, pain and suffering, and other losses. Some vaccine recipients will be entitled to compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), while others may be eligible to file civil claims in state court. To find out if you have a claim for ITP after an MMR vaccine, call 202-800-1711 now for a free, no-obligation consultation with vaccine injury lawyer Leah V. Durant.

About Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)

As explained by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), “[idiopathic] thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is a bleeding disorder in which the immune system destroys platelets, which are necessary for normal blood clotting. People with the disease have too few platelets in the blood.” As a result of the immune system attacking the platelets necessary for clotting, individuals who contract ITP following an MMR vaccination can experience symptoms including:

  • Easy or excessive bruising
  • Superficial bleeding that appears as tiny reddish-purpose spots on the skin (usually on the lower legs)
  • Bleeding gums
  • Nose bleeds
  • Blood in the stool or urine
  • Unusually-heavy menstrual flow

Potential complications of ITP include bleeding in the brain and loss of blood in the digestive tract among all patients, and heavy bleeding during delivery among women who are pregnant. Additionally, the NLM warns that, “[p]eople with ITP should not take aspirin, ibuprofen, or warfarin, because these drugs interfere with platelet function or blood clotting, and bleeding may occur.”

While most patients’ symptoms will subside within four to five months, some patients may experience symptoms lasting six months or longer. In severe cases, patients can experience long-term health conditions, and relapses after symptom-free periods are also possible.

About the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine

The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine has been in use in the United States since 1971. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that children receive a first dose of the MMR vaccine between 12 and 15 months of age, with a second dose being administered between the ages of four and six years. Teens and adults who have not previously received the full two-dose schedule can receive MMR vaccinations as well.

Seeking Financial Compensation for ITP from the MMR Vaccine

According to the CDC, “[i]mmune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) . . . can happen after both natural measles infection as well as after getting the MMR vaccine. . . . The risk of ITP has been shown to be increased in the six weeks following an MMR vaccination, with one study estimating 1 case per 40,000 vaccinated children.” These findings are consistent with those published by Johns Hopkins’ Institute for Vaccine Safety, which reports that:

“[I]nfluenza, varicella, measles, mumps and rubella vaccines prevent ITP by protecting against natural infection. Measles-containing vaccines can very rarely cause ITP within 6 weeks of vaccination in children. However, these vaccines prevent many more cases of ITP than they cause. Influenza vaccines do not cause ITP. Other vaccines currently routinely recommended to the general population in the U.S.[] have not been shown to cause ITP.”

The MMR vaccine has also been shown to cause ITP in adults, with women generally being more susceptible than men. As a result of this correlation, adults and parents of children diagnosed with ITP after an MMR vaccination can seek financial compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) or in state court.

Filing a Claim Under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP)

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) is a federal government program that pays compensation to vaccine recipients who have been diagnosed with eligible vaccine-related injuries and illnesses. This includes ITP from MMR vaccinations where the claimant can demonstrate that he or she:

  • Received an MMR shot;
  • Experienced the onset of ITP symptoms within seven to 30 days of vaccination; and,
  • Experienced symptoms of ITP for six months or longer.

If each of these three conditions are satisfied, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (also known as the Vaccine Court) has indicated that it will concede the claimant’s case without trial. Learn more.

Filing a Claim in State Court

For those who are not eligible to file under the VICP, an alternative option is to file a claim in state court. This option may be available if your symptoms lasted less than six months. Our firm is actively pursuing possible multi-district or class action litigation for MMR-related ITP claims.

Q&A With Vaccine Injury Lawyer Leah V. Durant

Q: How does the MMR vaccine cause ITP?

In some cases, individuals diagnosed with measles can subsequently contract ITP. Since the MMR vaccine contains an attenuated measles virus, some individuals who receive the MMR vaccine will be at risk for ITP.

Q: How much will it cost to hire a lawyer to represent me?

It should cost you nothing out of pocket to hire a lawyer for your MMR-induced ITP claim. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) pays claimants’ legal fees separately from their awards of financial compensation, and our firm is handling all state court claims on a contingency-fee basis.

Q: Can I contact your firm if it has been less than six months since my MMR vaccination?

Yes. If you have been diagnosed with ITP following an MMR vaccination, we encourage you to contact us regardless of how long it has been since your diagnosis. We can begin working on your claim immediately, and if your symptoms last six months or longer we can file your claim under the VICP.

Schedule Your Free Initial Consultation Now

To find out if you are eligible to recover financial compensation for idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) resulting from an MMR vaccination, please contact us to schedule your free initial consultation with vaccine lawyer Leah V. Durant. Call 202-800-1711 or contact us online to discuss your claim as soon as possible. 


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