Our Philadelphia Zostavax shingles vaccine lawyers are evaluating cases involving side effect injuries from the shingles vaccine Zostavax. Zostavax is a shot prescribed to older adults to prevent shingles, a painful and debilitating disease that can develop in anyone who has had chicken pox. Both chicken pox and shingles are caused by the herpes zoster virus.

The Zostavax shingles vaccine / injection / shot, manufactured by Merck & Co, has been associated with serious injury and death. The vaccine has an approximate effectiveness rate of only 50% and is particularly dangerous to people with weakened immune systems. As of May 31, 2018, at least 42,604 reports of adverse Zostavax shingles vaccine reactions were recorded by the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS). These included reports of:

  • 128 related deaths
  • 660 related disabilities
  • 850 hospital admissions

Shingles Vaccine (Zostavax) Side Effects

Adverse reactions to the Zostavax shingles vaccine include the development of shingles (herpes zoster), the very condition the vaccine is intended to prevent. Patients who develop shingles as a result of receiving the Zostavax shingles shot / vaccine can suffer the following severe effects of the shingles virus:

  • Philadelphia Zostavax Shingles Vaccine Lawyersherpetic neuralgia and post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), a condition characterized by chronic and debilitating pain and nerve damage
  • severe pain, itch, and numbness on the affected part of the body
  • burning, painful rash
  • permanent scarring
  • skin infections
  • encephalitis (brain inflammation)
  • vision problems and blindness
  • hearing loss
  • peripheral motor neuropathy
  • congestive heart failure
  • transverse myelitis (spinal cord inflammation)
  • paralysis of facial nerves
  • stroke
  • death

Zostavax Shingles Vaccine Lawsuits

Hundreds of Zostavax shingles vaccine lawsuits have already been filed against Merck & Co. On August 2, 2018, a federal judicial panel sent approximately 100 such cases to a judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Lawsuits filed by Philadelphia Zostavax shingles vaccine lawyers may allege that Zostavax manufacturer Merck & Co.:

  • produced and marketed an unreasonably dangerous drug that can cause serious injury and / or death
  • knew or should have known of the increased risk of dangerous and potentially deadly Zostavax side effects
  • withheld this information from physicians, other healthcare providers, and the public
  • failed to adequately warn healthcare providers and consumers of the increased risks of serious injury and death associated with use of the Zostavax shingles vaccine
  • caused serious injury and death to consumers that could have been prevented with timely and adequate warnings

Contact our Philadelphia Zostavax Shingles Vaccine Lawyers

If you or a family member suffered injuries (including shingles) or died after receiving a Zostavax shingles vaccine, you may be entitled to compensation from the vaccine manufacturer. Contact our Philadelphia Zostavax shingles vaccine lawyers, today, for a free evaluation of your case.