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Zostavax side effects and lawsuit information

Zostavax is a vaccine that is used to prevent shingles. Shingles can be understood as a rush that is caused by a virus known as Vericella zoster. This virus also causes chickenpox. If a person contracted chickenpox as a child, the virus does not go away completely. It can remain dormant in the body for many years and later remerge as shingles. In the US, about a million cases of shingles are reported every year.

Shingles usually affect seniors. That is why vaccination to prevent it is recommended for people above fifty years old. Zostavax is one of the commonly used vaccines for this purpose. Unfortunately, like other anti-shingles vaccines, Zostavax has some ingredients that can cause severe allergic reactions in some people. Zostavax is associated with a number of mild and severe side effects.

Mild Zostavax Side Effects

Researchers have tested the impacts of Zostavax on thousands of people, and in most cases, the vaccine is safe and without any serious side effects. When allergic reactions occur, they are generally mild. Some people have reported mild side effects such as itching, swelling, soreness, and redness around the area of the skin where the vaccine was injected. A few people have also experienced headaches after being injected with Zostavax.

Severe Zostavax Side Effects

In relatively rare cases, people have gone through serious allergic reactions in response to Zostavax shingles vaccine. The reaction is known as anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is associated with problems such as;

  • Dizziness
  • Troubled breathing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Swelling on the face
  • Rapid pulse
  • Redness of the skin
  • Hives
  • Hearing loss
  • Eye infection, retinal damage, and even blindness
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Stroke
  • Encephalitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Death

In some cases, Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening. Fortunately, its treatment is available. Therefore, if you experience any severe side effects after being vaccinated with Zostavax, it is imperative for you to seek medical attention immediately.


If you or your loved one has suffered any of the severe side effects of Zostavax, you may be entitled to compensation. However, like other anti-shingles vaccines, Zostavax is not covered under HRSA Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Therefore, you have to file a lawsuit against Merck & Co for you to get compensation for the injuries you or your loved one has suffered due to Zostavax.

The Takeaway

Overall, it is apparent that although it may be necessary to take the Zostavax vaccine to prevent shingles, the vaccine can cause Anaphylaxes, a severe allergic reaction that can even be fatal. Therefore, if you experience any of the severe side effects of Zostavax, you should seek immediate medical attention. You can also sue Merck & Co to get compensation for the injuries suffered.
If you are looking for a reliable advocate to help you in filing a successful Zostavax lawsuit, Daniels Stark is the answer. We have a team of highly experienced injury lawyers, who are committed to the highest standards of professionalism, and they will stop at nothing to ensure that justice is done.

Over the years, we have worked with dozens of satisfied clients, and our track record is above board. Therefore, you can count on us to get the compensation you deserve for the injuries suffered after taking vaccines against shingles. Get in touch with us today for more information about our firm and services.

If the manufacturer is negligent, you deserve compensation to cover the costs of hospital stays, rehabilitation, physical therapy, additional medication, and even emergency surgery. You also may be entitled to receive compensation for the mental and emotional strain you and your family endured. Contact Daniel Stark by filling out a free initial consultation form or by calling us toll free at (800) 474-1233.

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