Can a vaccine cause arthritis?

According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 54 million adults in the U.S. were diagnosed with arthritis in the US between 2013 and 2015. That is more than 22 percent of the population.

Arthritis becomes greater as you age, and it is more common among women than men. While there are many causes of arthritis, there is one that is not often considered: vaccines.

Vaccine injuries and arthritis

While injuries from vaccines are rare, they do occur in a small percentage of individuals who receive vaccines. Arthritis is an injury that has been known to result from certain vaccines. In fact, it is on the table of listed complications for the measles mumps rubella (MMR) vaccine that is maintained by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).

VICP is a program that provides compensation to individuals who are injured as a result of vaccines. It is a government funded program, which has paid more than $3 billion to injured individuals in the US since 1988.

What if you were injured by a different vaccine?

If you experienced symptoms of arthritis days, weeks or even months after receiving a vaccine, it could be a sign that you were injured by that vaccine. Speak with your doctor about possible causes of your diagnosis and treatment options.

Even if your specific vaccine is not listed by VICP, you may still have the ability to bring a claim for compensation for your injuries. An attorney with experience handling vaccine injury cases can you explore your legal options for securing coverage for your treatment and other damages.

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