CDC Resource Addresses Common Vaccine Safety Questions and Concerns

When it comes to making decisions about immunizations, it is extremely important to make sure you are relying on accurate and up-to-date information. Recognizing that false information about vaccines is becoming increasingly prevalent, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have published a list of resources designed specifically to “help answer common questions about vaccine safety.” Here is an overview of some of the most important information contained in these resources from vaccine injury attorney Leah V. Durant:

The Risks of Vasovagal Syncope (Fainting) After a Vaccination

According to the CDC, “[r]eports from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) shows that fainting after vaccinations is common in adolescents.” The CDC notes that more than 60 percent of all reported cases of vasovagal syncope (fainting) following vaccinations involve adolescents between the ages of 11 and 18 based on VAERS data. However, the CDC also notes that  these data are not necessarily comprehensive, as “syncope may not always be reported.”

While vasovagal syncope is not necessarily dangerous on its own, the primary risks associated with fainting involve the possibility of suffering traumatic injuries in an uncontrolled fall. According to the CDC, seven percent of syncope cases reported to VAERS were coded as involving “serious” injuries suffered in falls, with 12 percent involving head injuries.

Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) as a Vaccine-Related Illness

We have seen an increase in National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) claims involving Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) in recent years. While the CDC notes that, “it is more likely that a person will get GBS after getting the flu than after vaccination,” there is now a well-established link between the flu shot and GBS.

Since the precise cause of Guillain-Barre Syndrome remains unknown, avoiding the risk of GBS from immunization is difficult. With this in mind, one of the best things vaccine recipients can do is learn about the symptoms of GBS and be prepared to seek medical attention if necessary.

Multiple Vaccinations at Once: Following the CDC’s Recommended Immunization Schedules

With regard to getting multiple vaccinations at once, the CDC writes, “Scientific data show that getting several vaccines at the same time does not cause any chronic health problems. . . . The recommended vaccines have been shown to be as effective in combination as they are individually.” As long as parents and vaccine recipients follow the CDC’s recommended immunization schedules, they generally should not face any issues related to receiving multiple immunizations during a single doctor’s visit.

Unique Safety Risks Associated with Individual CDC-Recommended Vaccines

While some health risks exist with respect to all CDC-recommended vaccines (i.e., vasovagal syncope and shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration (SIRVA)), individual vaccines carry their own unique risks as well. The CDC maintains an index of resources with information about the risks associated with individual vaccinations.

Contact National Vaccine Injury Attorney Leah V. Durant

If you or your child has been diagnosed with a vaccine-related injury or illness, you may be entitled to financial compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). For a free, no-obligation consultation with national vaccine injury attorney Leah V. Durant, call 202-800-1711 or tell us how we can reach you online today.

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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