Preventing Shingles May Actually Cause Shingles

By Michael London on August 23, 2018

What is Shingles?

Anyone who has already had the chicken pox virus has the greatest risks of developing Herpes Zoster, more commonly referred to as shingles. Even though shots are normally given to those over the age of 50, shingles can develop in people of all ages but the risk increases with age.

When shingles develops, a rash of blister appears on the skin, generally on one side of the body. This is a sign that the virus, which has been dormant in the nerve cells, has been reactivated and traveled from the nerves and followed a path out to the skin.

Shingles can be very painful because the virus inflames the nerves and the pain can last for months, even after the rash has healed. For some, the paid may even be chronic and severe.

What is Zostavax?

Zostavax, which is manufactured by Merck, is one of two shingles vaccines available in the United States. The Vaccine is made with a small amount of weakened live varicella-zoster virus (chickenpox virus) in order to activate the immune system. After fighting the weakened version of the virus, the body builds immunity. Unfortunately, Zostavax only works in 50% of patients and even then it will only last about six years. So in an attempt to prevent shingles, some patients might have unintentionally contracted the virus from their shingles vaccination. 

What are the possible side effects/symptoms?

However, new information has come to light and victims may be eligible to pursue a direct claim against the pharmaceutical manufacturer.

The FDA reports that Zostavax side effects can include the following:

  • Acute myelitis
  • Allergic reactions
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Blindness
  • Brain injuries
  • Chickenpox
  • Corneal Band Keratopathy
  • Death
  • Encephalitis
  • Eye disorders, including necrotizing retinitis
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Hearing loss
  • Herpes Zoster Keratitis 
  • Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus
  • Herpes Zoster Oticus
  • Herpetic Uveitis
  • Hives
  • Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)
  • Joint pain
  • Meningitis
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea
  • Necrotizing Retinitis
  • Paralysis
  • Post-Herpetic Neuralgia (PHN)
  • Ramsay Hunt
  • Rash
  • Retinal Uveitis
  • Shingles
  • Spinal Cord Inflammation
  • Stroke
  • Stroke
  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Vasculitis
  • Vision impairment

Why File a Lawsuit Against Merck?

The shingles vaccine, Zostavax, may cause serious injuries, including shingles, blindness, and even death. Injured patients are now filing lawsuits against Zostavax’s manufacturer Merck (and its owner, Bayer) for failing to warn about the potential side effects.

According to the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), more than 36,000 adverse events have been reported, including reactions, hospitalizations, injuries, and deaths. Patients who received the vaccination and experienced serious side effects and complications are filing lawsuits alleging that Merck failed to adequately warn physicians and their patients about the serious risks associated with the drug. In fact, numerous health issues have been reported in Zostavax recipients including serious eye disorders like necrotizing retinitis and keratitis. 

A lawsuit can result in compensation for the following:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering

Injured by Zostavax?

If you or a loved one were injured because of the Zostavax vaccine, we can help you hold Merck accountable. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation. It costs nothing unless we secure a jury award or settlement for you.

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