The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was launched in 1988. It’s a no-fault system established through federal law and it offers a forum for claims of harm from vaccines. The program currently covers claims arising from 15 childhood vaccines as well as the seasonal flu shot. Over the past 30 years, the program has awarded claims to almost 7000 people harmed by vaccines.
Measles outbreaks have occurred in 22 states and as a result, adults are wondering if they are immune to the measles virus, or whether they should get a measles booster vaccine. The alarming number of outbreaks, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has blamed as a deliberate misinformation campaign by anti-vaccine activists, has many Americans questioning they efficacy of the MMR vaccines they have previously received.
Although May is late in the 2018-2019 flu season, flu activity in Delaware and across the U.S. remains elevated with an increase in the number of influenza A (H3N2) viruses circulating over the last month. H3N2 viruses are typically associated with more severe illness in older adults. While anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms should seek treatment quickly, it is especially important for individuals 65 years and older to do so due to the number of health complications that the influenza virus can cause.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for vaccinating employees who respond to medical incidents in the workplace are mandatory requirements under OSHA regulations, the Eighth Circuit has recently ruled. The Circuit Court was tasked with whether Walmart was required to administer Hepatitis B vaccines to its employees who rendered first aid in the workplace.
At nearby Temple University, over 100 confirmed cases of mumps have been confirmed as an outbreak hit the university hard after just a few documented cases in February 2019. Across the United States, it’s not just the mumps that have seen outbreaks. The number of measles cases in the US jumped to the second-highest level in 25 years.
According to a new research brief released in March 2019 by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), the number of influenza hospitalizations in Pennsylvania increased from 5,328 in fiscal year 2017 to 8,647 in fiscal year 2018. This 62% increase shows substantial variation in the number of hospital admissions for influenza, a pattern that is similar to national trends.
Guillain-Barré syndrome is the most common and most severe acute paralytic neuropathy, with about 100,000 people developing the disorder every year worldwide. GBS can be preceded by infections, by viral and bacterial, or by vaccination. While somewhat uncommon, cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome have been linked to recent influenza vaccines.
In order to handle vaccine cases, an attorney must be admitted to the United States Court of Federal Claims and licensed in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Licensed vaccine attorneys must possess the vast knowledge and intricacies of the vaccine court, the applicable law, the medicine and the science. Not every personal injury attorney has this specialized knowledge. In fact, there are very few vaccine attorneys nationwide.
SIRVA, or Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration, manifests as shoulder pain and limited range of motion occurring as a result of the administration of a vaccine injection. While some degree of pain may be expected from any shoulder injection, the improper administration of a vaccine can cause severe, often debilitating, pain, which can lead to complications. Pain lasting longer than a few days is not associated with the normal side effects of receiving a vaccination.