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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Did You Experience an Allergic Reaction to a Vaccine Containing Gelatin or Egg Protein?

For individuals who are allergic to gelatin or egg protein, getting immunized with certain vaccines can carry the risk of anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic (or “hypersensitivity”) reaction; and, while it is rare overall, it presents a significant concern for individuals who have these allergies. As a result, prior to getting vaccinated, individuals who have gelatin or egg protein allergies should consult with their physicians to determine whether it is safe to do so.

Which Vaccines Contain Gelatin?

Gelatin is used as a preservative in various vaccine formulations. For example, gelatin may be present in vaccines including (but not limited to) those used to prevent:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP)

  • Influenza (nasal spray formulations)

  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and the separate vaccinations for each of these diseases

  • Rabies

  • Singles

  • Varicella (chickenpox)

Which Vaccines Contain Egg Protein?

Egg protein is used in the production of certain vaccines. While egg protein is not necessarily an ingredient of the final vaccine itself, it is still possible for individuals who have egg allergies to experience an adverse reaction. Egg protein is used during the manufacturing process of vaccines including (but not limited to):

  • Influenza (flu shot formulations)

  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)

  • Yellow fever

What Should You Do if You Experience an Allergic Reaction to a Vaccine?

For individuals who experience allergic reactions to vaccines, seeking medical attention should be the first priority. Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening in some cases, though it is more common for patients to recover with appropriate medical care.

After obtaining treatment, your next step should be to speak with a vaccine attorney. Under a federal program called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), individuals who are diagnosed with vaccine-related injuries and illnesses can secure financial recoveries for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You can hire a vaccine attorney to handle your VICP claim at little or no out-of-pocket cost; and, while seeking compensation under the VICP involves filing a claim with the “Vaccine Court,” the process is streamlined, and many claimants receive compensation in as little as two to three months.

Another key aspect of the VICP is that you do not need to prove fault in order to recover compensation. In other words, if you have been diagnosed with anaphylaxis following a vaccination, you do not need to prove that the vaccine was “defective” or that your health care provider made a mistake. As long as you file your claim on time (and you otherwise qualify), with the help of an experienced vaccine attorney you should be able to recover the compensation you deserve.

Discuss Your Legal Rights with National Vaccine Attorney Leah V. Durant

If you or a member of your family has been diagnosed with anaphylaxis following a vaccination, you may be entitled to financial compensation under the VICP. To find out, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with national vaccine attorney Leah V. Durant. Call 202-800-1711 to request an appointment, or contact us online and we will respond promptly.


Leah Durant Bio

Experienced litigation attorney Leah Durant focuses on representing clients in complex vaccine litigation matters. Leah Durant is the owner and principal attorney of the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC, a litigation firm based in Washington, DC. Leah Durant and her staff represent clients and their families who suffer from vaccine-related injuries, adverse vaccine reactions and vaccine-related deaths. The Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC is dedicated to assisting individuals in recovering the highest level of compensation as quickly and efficiently as possible. To learn more, contact vaccine attorney Leah Durant today.


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