Hepatitis A is a viral infection that usually originates from a feces contaminated water or food source. Common throughout the world, Hepatitis A is more prevalent in the United States among food handlers and in restaurants. Hepatitis A spreads from close contact with an infected person. Once contracted, Hepatitis A targets the liver of the person recently infected.
Since the 1990s, the Hepatitis A vaccine has become increasingly standard for children and older adults. Children typically receive the Hepatitis A vaccine along with a booster shot between one and two years of age. The estimated efficacy of the vaccine is 20 years. In recent years, the United States has seen a steady growth of Hepatitis A outbreaks throughout the country, primarily in the restaurant industry. Due to the relatively new standard of administration of the Hepatitis A vaccine, many older Americans are unvaccinated and susceptible to the infection. You can read more about this year's outbreak here.
Injuries from the Hepatitis A Vaccine
As demand for the vaccine grows across the country, medical providers and state health departments are scrambling to keep up. If you have recently received the Hepatitis A vaccination, or plan on receiving one soon, it is important to be alert for allergic and/or adverse reactions. Telltale symptoms of an adverse reaction include the following:
The above could be early signs of serious illness including Guillain-Barre Syndrome (“GBS”), Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (“CIDP”), and Parsonage-Turner Syndrome (“PTS”). Improper administration of the vaccination, can also result in shoulder-related injuries. Common shoulder injuries related to improper administration include:
If you have suffered from any of the above adverse reactions and/or shoulder injuries within six months of receiving the Hepatitis A vaccine, contact My Vaccine Lawyer today for a free case evaluation. Speak directly with one of our attorneys to discuss potential compensation for your vaccine injury.