As a parent, you worry about your child's health. That is what you do. But with some symptoms, you may not be sure when you need to see a doctor. You may also not know if your doctor's diagnosis is the right one.
How do you know if your child's symptoms were caused by a vaccine?
Many serious types of vaccine injuries are rare. Your doctor may not have even told you about the risk of these symptoms when you decided to vaccinate your child. However, while these serious injuries are rare, they do happen. As a result, it is important to follow up on symptoms you see after your child receives a vaccine.
An example: immune thrombocytopenic purpura
One type of vaccine injury that can occur is immune thrombocytopenic purpura, which is referred to as ITP or idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. This condition can develop in children who receive a vaccine. It is a very rare condition that occurs in only one to three children out of 100,000. Since it is so rare, it is often difficult to diagnose. Some common symptoms include:
- Bruising of the skin
- Red, brown or purple dots on the skin, known as petechiae
- Bleeding such as nose bleeds, bleeding gums or slow healing of cuts
- Low platelet counts with normal red and white blood cell counts
ITP can occur in children who receive vaccines for measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), the flu vaccine and other types of vaccines. If you are seeing these symptoms after your child receives a vaccine, get your child checked by a doctor. This condition can be treated.
This is just one example of the types of injuries that can occur after a vaccine. Be sure to watch for serious side effects after your child receives a vaccine.
Covering the cost to treat your child
Medical bills can add up quickly, especially if they are the unexpected result of a vaccine. There are options, however. With many common vaccines, you may be able to bring a claim through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). This program provides compensation for individuals who are injured as a result of a vaccine. If the vaccine isn't covered by the program, you may be able to bring a lawsuit against the manufacturer. An attorney can help you determine the right path to get you the coverage you need to pay your child's medical bills.