Are Childhood Vaccines Safe?
There has been much controversy in the news lately concerning the safety and potential side effects of vaccinations. Amidst the recent Republican presidential debates, questions were raised regarding concerns that immunizing your child or immunizing them in large doses could increase the incidence of autism. While medical research disputes the claim that childhood vaccinations are linked to increases in autism, there are always associated risks that parents should be aware of when getting their child vaccinated. Injuries caused by child vaccines can be severe and life threatening. Knowing the truth regarding the risks and side effects associated with childhood vaccines can help to allay unfounded fears, as well as help parents know the signs and symptoms to watch out for.
Side Effects of Childhood Vaccinations
Vaccines are used to provide immunity against dangerous and potentially lethal diseases by injecting small doses of the agent that causes the disease, which in turn stimulates the production of antibodies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccines are constantly monitored to ensure safety and reduce risk, and the benefits associated with receiving a vaccine generally far outweigh the potential risks involved. At the same time, any vaccine has the potential for side effects. Side effects associated with childhood vaccinations range from mild to severe, and include:
- Red or swollen areas where the vaccine was administered
- Tiredness and tendency to sleep
- Running nose and upper respiratory problems
- Stomach upsets and vomiting
- Stiffness in bones and joints
- Allergic reactions
In some cases, rare, serious side effects can occur, such as seizures, deafness, and brain damage.
Compensation for Vaccine Injuries
Mild reactions and side effects as the result of having your child immunized usually disappear in a matter of hours or days. More severe reactions may cause permanent, long-term damages. While vaccines are considered safe and recommended for all children, the government does recognize the potential for problems. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) was established in 1988 to ensure that people injured as the result of being vaccinated would receive compensation. Taxes on vaccines have been used to establish a fund to compensate victims and their families who file illness or death-related vaccination claims. Of the 2.5 billion doses of vaccine administered in the United State in the last 10 years, only 3,223 injury claims have been filed to date. Of this number, less than 2,000 injured parties have received compensation. While the families of children injured by vaccines are welcome to file a claim on their own for NVICP benefits, the program does acknowledge the value in these clients being represented by an attorney, and will cover attorney’s fees on behalf of injured parties.
Reach Out to a Skilled Attorney Today
If you have a child or loved one who has suffered injuries as the result of a vaccination, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm. Our experienced South Carolina personal injury attorneys will fight to ensure your case is heard, and that you to receive the compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation on your case and to learn how we may be of assistance.