Merck & Co. is facing lawsuits by several individuals who were injured as a result of the Zostavax shingles vaccine. According to FiercePharma, these injuries include vision impairment, brain injuries and paralysis. Additionally, this vaccine may have led to the wrongful death of some patients.
While only a few lawsuits are currently pending in Pennsylvania courts, there could be additional lawsuits as more individuals come forward with their injuries. With any vaccine injury, it can often be difficult to initially diagnose the cause of the injury. However, as awareness grows around the side effects of Zostavax, more individuals may connect their side effects and serious injuries with the vaccine.
What is Zostavax?
As we age, our risk of getting shingles increases. To help prevent this, Merck & Co. created the shingles vaccine, Zostavax.
Zostavax is currently the only shingles vaccine approved for use in the United States, and it is approved for people who are 50 years of age or older. The CDC recommends a shingles vaccine for all adults over the age of 60, and they recommend that individuals should be re-vaccinated every five years.
Were you injured after receiving a shingles vaccine?
Your first priority if you are experiencing a serious side effect should be your own health. Seek medical attention to get the treatment you need as soon as possible.
If you believe your side effects and injuries were caused by Zostavax, an attorney can help you determine if you have a case. The Zostavax vaccine is not currently covered by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. This means that you may be able to bring a claim directly against the manufacturer, which could result in more compensation. This includes compensation to help cover medical bills, lost income and damages for your pain and suffering. Your lawyer can evaluate your case and help you take action.