The Td and Tdap vaccines provide important protections for children and adults. While the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend these vaccines for routine administration and consider them to be safe for the substantial majority of the U.S. population, a small percentage of Td and Tdap vaccine recipients will experience moderate to severe complications. As a result, it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of Td and Tdap vaccine injuries, and individuals who have been diagnosed with these injuries should consult with a vaccine injury lawyer promptly.
Injuries Linked to the Td and Tdap Vaccines (and Their Symptoms)
A number of injuries have been linked to the Td and Tdap vaccines. Although rare, these injuries can have severe (and potentially life-threatening) effects, and our firm has recently represented several Td and Tdap vaccine recipients in successful claims under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).
Some of the primary injuries linked to the Td and Tdap vaccines – and their associated symptoms – include:
- Anaphylaxis – Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can occur as the result of an adverse reaction to a Td or Tdap vaccination. Early symptoms include swelling, hives, low blood pressure, swelling, tightness in the chest, and difficulty breathing. Anaphylaxis can also cause vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramping and loss of consciousness; and, in severe cases, it can be fatal if not treated promptly.
- Brachial Neuritis – Brachial neuritis is a form of peripheral neuropathy, which is a disease characterized by disruption of the nerve signals traveling from the central nervous system to other parts of the body. It is also known as Parsonage-Turner Syndrome. Symptoms of brachial neuritis can include pain, weakness, limpness, loss of sensation, loss of muscle control and paralysis of the affected arm or shoulder.
- Shoulder Injuries Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA) – Shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration (SIRVA) are a class of injuries that result from mistakes during Td and Tdap vaccinations (among others). Early symptoms of SIRVA commonly include severe pain, pain that extends beyond the shoulder to other parts of the body, and limited range of motion. However, there are various types of SIRVA, each of which has its own unique symptomology.
- Vasovagal Syncope – Vasovagal syncope is characterized by fainting resulting from a sudden drop in blood pressure. Lightheadedness, feeling woozy or faint, and a low heart rate are all potential warning signs for vasovagal syncope resulting from a Td or Tdap vaccination.
For vaccine recipients, parents and other family members who have concerns about a possible vaccine-related injury, it is important to seek medical attention right away. Individuals and families coping with the effects of vaccine-related injuries should consult with a lawyer as well—as they may be entitled to compensation under the VICP.
Contact Vaccine Injury Lawyer Leah V. Durant
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an injury related to a Td or Tdap vaccine, we encourage you to contact us promptly for a free consultation. To schedule an appointment with vaccine injury lawyer Leah V. Durant, please call 202-800-1711 or get in touch online today.
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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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