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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.

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Friday, June 12, 2020

What are Ordinary Side Effects of the MMR Vaccine?

The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is one of the standard childhood vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC also recommends MMR vaccination for adults who have not previously been vaccinated. Like all CDC-recommended vaccines, the MMR vaccine is generally safe for most people.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

What are the Injury Risks Associated with Adult Vaccinations?

When getting vaccinated, it is important to be aware of both the side effects of the particular vaccine as well as the signs of related vaccine illnesses and injuries. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explain, “Usually vaccine side effects are minor .

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Monday, June 8, 2020

What Should I Do if My Child has an Adverse Reaction to a Vaccine?

If your child has had an adverse reaction to the flu shot or any other vaccination, there are a few steps you will want to take to ensure your child’s wellbeing and to make sure your family has the financial resources it needs to manage the costs of your child’s illness or injury. Here, national vaccine lawyer Leah V. Durant explains what parents need to know:

1. Seek Medical Attention for Your Child Promptly

All vaccines have potential side effects; and, for many vaccines, the risk of side effects is particularly high among children. However, in some cases, what appear to be side effects can actually be symptoms of a potentially-serious

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

How Can I Find Out if I am Allergic to a Vaccine?

Having an allergic reaction to a vaccine can potentially lead to serious consequences. A severe allergic reaction is known as anaphylaxis, and the effects of anaphylaxis can range from swelling and hives to anaphylactic shock.

So, how can you find out if you are allergic to a vaccine?

Consult with Your Doctor

As with all medical questions, if you would like to find out if you are allergic to a vaccine, you should consult with your doctor. Your doctor can review your medical history, order any necessary tests and determine if you are at risk of having a severe allergic reaction to a particular vaccine.

Review the Vaccine’s List of Ingredients

When someone says that he or she is allergic to a vaccine, what that person really means is that he or she is allergic to a particular vaccine ingredient.

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Monday, June 1, 2020

When Does the CDC Consider a Vaccine “Safe”?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers all approved vaccines to be generally safe for most people. In fact, on its website, the CDC simply states, “Vaccines are safe and effective.” However, all vaccines have known side effects, and getting vaccinated can lead to serious medical issues in some cases.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Can a Vaccine Cause Chronic Arthritis?

There are several different types of illnesses and injuries that have been linked to vaccinations. Some of these, such as encephalopathy, are linked to specific vaccines (DTP, DTaP, MMR and MMRV), while others, such as shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration (SIRVA), are risks for all vaccine recipients.

Chronic arthritis falls into the first category. Under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP), chronic arthritis is listed as an<a href="https://vaccinelaw.com/lawyer/2018/02/12/Filing-a-Claim/Filing-a-Vaccine-Injury-Claim-Tips-to-Consider-Before-Hiring-a-Vaccine-Injury-Lawyer_bl33238.

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Saturday, May 9, 2020

5 Fast Facts About GBS and the Flu Vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the annual flu shot for most people. According to the CDC’s data, the flu shot prevents millions of recipients from getting influenza each year, and tens of thousands of people avoid influenza-associated hospitalizations as a result of getting vaccinated.

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Monday, March 16, 2020

New CDC Video Series Answers Common Questions about the HPV Vaccine

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommended vaccines. The CDC

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Overall VICP Claim Statistics: 2019 Final Data

The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) publishes monthly updates on vaccine injury claims under the National Vaccine Injury Program (VICP). On January 1, 2020, it published year-end data for 2019.


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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Flu Shot Safety - How to Prevent Injuries This Season

Getting the flu shot is important. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend it for most people, and scientific research has shown that the flu shot protects millions of Americans against influenza each year.

However, getting the flu shot can also result in adverse reaction.

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