The CDC recommends vaccination as a way to protect you and your family against harmful and even life-threatening diseases. An incalculable number of lives have been saved since vaccination became a common preventative medical practice in the United States. General quality of life has also improved because some vaccines protect against uncomfortable or mobility-impairing conditions like chicken pox and polio.
The majority of vaccinations are administered without any problems. However, occasionally a person who receives a vaccine could experience dangerous side effects. Before you or your child receives a vaccine, you'll likely be warned to watch for the following possible symptoms of a vaccine injury.
The CDC regularly monitors the safety of vaccinations. However, vaccines, like any medication, come with a few potential risks. The most common of these are allergic reactions and shoulder injection injury.
If you have an allergic reaction to a vaccine, you are probably not reacting to the active ingredient in the injection. Rather, you might be allergic to an egg protein or a gelatin in the vaccine. Monitor yourself or your child closely after receiving a vaccine if you have a known sensitivity to these substances.
An allergic reaction to a vaccine comes on much like any other allergic reaction. In the first few minutes to the first hour after the injection, you might experience:
- Throat swelling
- Difficulty breathing
- Severe diarrhea
- Dropping blood pressure
- Racing heartbeat
An allergic reaction this severe requires immediate medical attention. Call 911 if you are not already at a doctor's office when the reaction occurs.
Vaccine-related shoulder injuries are rare, but they occur often enough that they are officially recognized by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.
A vaccine shoulder injury occurs when the medical professional gives the injection too high in the arm. Vaccines should be put into the deltoid muscle, but occasionally the needle hits the shoulder joint's bursa, a bubble of fluid. Hitting a bursa with a vaccination needle can lead to loss of joint mobility and severe pain. Both symptoms can persist for weeks or months.
If you experience shoulder pain after a vaccination, talk to your doctor. They can offer treatment options, such as steroids, pain medication, physical therapy, or surgery.
If you belong to the military, you may receive an adenovirus vaccine. Within six months of receiving this vaccine, some patients have experienced bloody urine or fecal matter, inflamed stomach or intestine, or pneumonia. The CDC cannot definitively link or separate the occurrence of these conditions from the vaccine itself.
If you experience these symptoms after receiving an adenovirus vaccine, seek medical attention and be sure the doctor takes note of your vaccination history.
Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Acellular Pertussis (DTaP)
There are reports that some children experience unconsciousness, seizures, brain damage, or even coma after receiving the DTaP vaccine. Such cases are incredibly rare. If these symptoms occur in a child after a DTaP vaccine, call 911.
MMR and MMRV
MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) or MMRV (measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella) are other vaccines commonly given to infants and toddlers. The most severe reported reactions include brain damage, loss of hearing, reoccurring seizures, or coma.
Because of these risks, some people should not receive this vaccine, such as those with tuberculosis, those with a history of seizures or weakened immune systems, or those who are pregnant.
This blog covers the major symptoms of the most common negative vaccine reactions and injuries. But remember, these symptoms occur in a very small percentage of people who receive vaccinations.
If you or your child experienced one of these severe reactions, talk to Vaccination Injury Lawyers about how to seek compensation.