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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

With Flu Numbers at Record Lows, the CDC Still Recommends Vaccination

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing people throughout the United States and worldwide to stay home and maintain social distancing, flu cases are at record lows this season. According to CBS News, “High vaccine rates, in combination with face masks, social distancing, school closures, stay-at-home orders and a lack of international travel, have led to a record low number of flu cases.”

But, while this is perhaps a silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are still recommending immunization against influenza. In fact, the CDC says that getting immunized this year “is more important than ever.” As vaccine attorney Leah V. Durant explains, while it is important for people to follow the CDC’s guidance, it is important to be aware of the risk factors and symptoms of flu shot injuries and illnesses as well.

Should I Get a Flu Shot During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

The CDC is still recommending vaccination against the flu during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you can safely get a flu shot, and if your doctor has not advised against influenza immunization based on your personal health characteristics, then you should get a flu shot according to the CDC.

What are the Risks Associated with the Annual Flu Shot?

Like all vaccines, the annual flu shot carries certain risks. The most-prevalent of these is the risk of experiencing a shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA). Also, a very small percentage of flu shot recipients will be diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), an autoimmune disorder that can potentially have serious long-term effects.

What Should I Do if I Experience Symptoms of a Flu Shot Injury or Illness?

Anyone who experiences symptoms of SIRVA, GBS or any other flu shot injury or illness should seek medical attention promptly. Prompt diagnosis and treatment can be important for mitigating the risk of any long-term effects. In addition to seeing a doctor, you should also consult with a vaccine attorney, as you may be entitled to financial compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).

What Are My Legal Rights If I Experience a Flu Shot Injury or Illness?

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program provides “no-fault” compensation to individuals diagnosed with flu shot and other vaccine-related injuries and illnesses. Under the VICP, eligible vaccine recipients can receive compensation for their medical expenses, additional out-of-pocket costs, lost earnings, and pain and suffering.

Asserting your legal rights under the VICP involves filing a petition in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (also known as the Vaccine Court). Since this is a legal process, it is advisable to seek help from an experienced vaccine attorney.

Contact Vaccine Attorney Leah V. Durant for a Free Consultation

Vaccine attorney Leah V. Durant has more than a decade of experience representing individuals and families in claims under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. If you have questions about your legal rights pertaining to a flu shot injury or illness, you can call 202-800-1711 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation.

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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