Have You or a Loved One Suffered from a Painful Shingles Outbreak or Other Injuries after Receiving the Zostavax Shingles Vaccine?
The McEwen Law Firm is investigating claims that Merck’s Zostavax shingles vaccine can cause serious side effects in the months after the vaccine is administered. If you or a loved one has experienced a health problem after receiving the Zostavax vaccine, we want to hear from you. Fill out our free, no obligation form to speak with our litigation team.
Zostavax Vaccine May Cause Shingles
Merck introduced Zostavax in May 2006 as a vaccine for the prevention of shingles among older individuals. It was the only approved shingles vaccine in the United States until late 2017. The vaccine uses a stronger version of the chickenpox vaccine Varivax and was designed to reduce the risk of getting herpes zoster – better known as “shingles” but has since been found to potentially increase the risk of shingles outbreaks.
Thousands of complaints have been filed about the vaccine and adverse events which include health problems such as: rash, severe skin disease, peripheral neuropathy, cellulitis, myalgia, arthralgia, lymphadenopathy, actinic keratosis, vision loss from herpes keratis, facial paralysis, pneumonia, brain inflammation and other complications.
In October 2017, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practicesbegan recommending a new shingles vaccine over Zostavax. Shingrix, the new vaccine manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, uses a “subunit vaccine” which has been shown to reduce the possibility of an adverse reaction and, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, can be safely used on most people with weakened immune systems and long-term health problems.
Shingles Vaccine Lawsuit
A Zostavax lawsuit has been filed on behalf of individuals who received the Zostavax vaccine and contracted shingles.
The lawsuits allege that Merck & CO became aware that the vaccine could cause patients to contract shingles during its pre-market approval trials but failed to list shingles as a possible side effect. In February 2018, the CDC updated its Zostavax warnings to indicate the vaccine can cause rash or shingles.
As a result, potential cases are being reviewed for the development of painful shingles outbreaks following the vaccine administration which may result in side effects such as:
- Painful rash and blisters “Shingles”
- Vision or hearing loss
- Post-Herpetic Neuralgia (PHN)
- Encephalitis, paralysis and other neurological problems
- Cardiomyopathy and other cardiac issues
- Pneumonia and other lung problems
- Skin infections and bacterial superinfection
Potential Zostavax lawsuits are also evaluated for Individuals who have developed auto-immune diseases, including:
- Guillain-Barre Syndrome
- Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
- Transverse Myelitis (TM)
- Bell’s Palsy or Facial Paralysis
- Hemorrhagic Stroke
- Optic Neuritis
- Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIPD)
If you believe that you may be eligible to participate in a Zostavax lawsuit, please contact the McEwen Law Firm right away.
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