Man given Zostavax vaccination

The Zostavax allegedly causes serious side effects, including painful rashes, hearing loss, and even blindness. If you have been given the Zostavax and suffered from any of these side effects, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other losses. We work with experienced Zostavax lawyers across the country who are investigating these cases. They may be able to file Zostavax lawsuit on your behalf. There is no fee unless you receive a settlement or award. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our firm today at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online.

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What is the Zostavax?

Chicken pox virus used in ZostavaxZostavax is a vaccination generally given to patients over the age of 50 to help prevent the development of shingles (herpes zoster). The treatment works by boosting the immune system to help protect against the disease. The vaccine is made with a small amount of weakened, but live, chicken pox virus. By giving the patient a very small dose of the virus, the body’s immune system is activated and generally will fight off the virus, thus preventing Shingles. The Zostavax was initially approved by the FDA in 2006 and marketed by Merck as a safe and effective way to prevent shingles outbreaks. From 2006 until 2017, the Zostavax was the only vaccine of its kind, resulting in large profits by Merck.

Why is the Zostavax Allegedly Dangerous?

shingles from taking ZostavaxA large number of serious side effects have been reported in connection with the Zostavax. Patients who have had the vaccine have reported blindness, brain injuries, paralysis, liver damage, hearing loss, and the development of shingles or chicken pox. It has also been claimed that the Zostavax is only effective in preventing shingles about 50% of the time. A number of patients who received the vaccine have reported developing shingle-like symptoms right after the vaccine was administered. It is thought that this is due to the way the Zostavax works. The vaccine contains a small dose of live chicken pox virus. In some patients, the immune system may not be able to fight the virus off. This is especially true in patients who already have compromised immune systems.

What Are The Zostavax Side Effects?

Some side effects that individuals have suffered include, but are not limited to:

Zostavax Side Effects

  • Blindness
  • Brain Injuries
  • Chickenpox
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Hearing Loss
  • Hives/Rash
  • Death

Are There Zostavax Lawsuits?

Zostavax lawsuitLawsuits have been filed across the country alleging that the Zostavax caused serious side effects, including the development of shingles and chicken pox. Plaintiffs allege that they were never warned about the potential risks associated with the vaccine and that they may have elected not to have the vaccine if they did know they may develop these side effects. Plaintiffs claim that Merck knew of these serious risks but did not provide adequate warnings. Furthermore, many of the lawsuits allege that Merck knew that the Zostavax was only effective half of the time but continued to market the vaccine as a safe and effective way to prevent shingles.

Zostavax multidistrict litigation

Due to the number of lawsuits filed, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered that the Zostavax lawsuits be consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL) on August 2, 2018. This will allow the cases to go through the discovery phases of the trial together, saving time and keeping litigation costs down. It is expected that the number of lawsuits filed in connection with the Zostavax will continue to rise as patients continue to report side effects.

Contact an Experienced Zostavax Lawyer

Experienced Zostavax LawyerIf you or a loved one have been given the Zostavax vaccine and experienced serious side effects, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. We work with experienced Zostavax lawyers across the country who are investigating these claims and may be able to file a Zostavax lawsuit on your behalf. There are no legal fees unless you receive a settlement or award. Contact us toll-free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online with further inquiries.

Sources:

  1. https://www.drugwatch.com/vaccines/zostavax/lawsuits/
  2. https://www.masstortnexus.com/mass-torts-news/zostavax-mdl-2848-shingles-vaccine-consolidated-in-usdc-ed-pennsylvania/