Anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction experienced by individuals with severe allergies to certain vaccines. Millions of people in the United States suffer from anaphylaxis each year – with many occurring following the receipt of a vaccination.
How do Vaccines Trigger Anaphylaxis?
Should an individual have a preexisting allergy, when the vaccine enters the body, the immune system may react by releasing chemicals to fight it. This release of chemicals can trigger an allergic reaction which, depending on the severity of the allergy, may range from relatively mild to extremely severe. While most allergic reactions are mild and limited to the region of the body where the reaction is triggered, more severe allergies can lead to anaphylactic reaction or shock that impacts the entire system.
Most vaccine-related reactions are not a response to the immunizing antigen, but rather to an ingredient in the vaccine such as egg protein or gelatin. As a result, should an individual have a known allergy to these or other substances, it is important that they inform their doctor prior to being vaccinated. Although individuals with a family history of anaphylaxis are more likely to suffer an anaphylactic reaction, anyone having a serious allergy can potentially experience this dangerous reaction.
Signs of Anaphylaxis
Anaphylaxis typically occurs within the seconds or minutes following vaccination. The flood of chemicals triggered by the immune system’s response to the vaccine can trigger a wide range of symptoms. These symptoms may send the body into shock. Symptoms of anaphylaxis may include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Dizziness or feelings of light-headedness
- Swelling of the eyes, face, or tongue
A more complete description of anaphylaxis and the symptoms associated with it can be viewed in resources, published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institutes of Health.
What to do if You or a Loved One has Experienced an Allergic Reaction to a Vaccine
If you or a loved one has experienced an anaphylactic reaction to a vaccine, you may be entitled to compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program pays money to individuals with vaccine injuries, nationwide. To find out if you may have a claim under the VICP, contact vaccine lawyer Leah Durant for a free consultation. Our legal services are paid by the Vaccine Program, so legal representation of your claim will come at no financial cost to you.
Contact Vaccine Lawyer Leah Durant for a Free Consultation
The Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC specializes in representing clients who have suffered allergic reaction or injury as a result of a vaccination. To learn more about your rights under the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, contact the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC today.