Meningitis Side Effects 
& Meningitis Vaccine Injury

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What is the meningitis vaccine? It is a meningococcal shot used to prevent infection by Neisseria meningitidis bacteria often administered to young teens.

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What is the meningitis vaccine?

Also known as a Meningococcal vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") suggests that the Meningitis vaccine should be administered to children at the ages of 11 and 12 years old, followed by a booster dose at the age of 16. In addition, the CDC states that young adults aged 16 to 23 are eligible to receive the Serogroup B meningococcal vaccine. In the United States, there are three (3) licensed and FDA approved Meningitis vaccines: Meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine (MPSV4), Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4), and the Serogroup B Meningococcal vaccine. It is common for institutions such as colleges and universities to require this vaccine to prevent a meningococcal infection outbreak among large groups.


Have you suffered a meningitis vaccine injury?

The Meningococcal vaccine, more commonly known as the Meningitis vaccine, can cause various adverse reactions and injuries. The Meningitis vaccine is administered to prevent Meningococcal disease, which is a serious bacterial illness. The Meningococcal bacteria is the leading cause of bacterial meningitis, a deadly infection that can lead to the covering of the brain and spinal cord. As one of the most common vaccinations administered across the country, subsequent injuries and illnesses can and do happen. If you have suffered an adverse reaction or SIRVA injury after receiving the Meningitis vaccination, you may be entitled to compensation from a federal trust fund called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

Recently, My Vaccine Lawyer's founding partner Max Muller was interviewed by NBC Philadelphia about Meningitis vaccine injuries from vaccines along with the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, a federal compensation program for vaccine injuries in the United States. In addition to vaccinations such as the MMR vaccine, HPV vaccine and Rotavirus vaccine, an increasing number of injuries have been attributed to the Meningitis shot. If you have suffered mild problems such as a fever, cough or other side effect you should call your healthcare provider right away.

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Symptoms of the meningitis vaccine

The Meningitis vaccine may cause various severe allergic reactions. As many as half of the people who receive the Meningococcal vaccine will experience mild side effects, including pain at the injection site or shoulder pain. Following a vaccination, each person's immune system can respond differently. Some immune responses initiate fevers, headaches, fatigue, and chills. These are common vaccine side effects following an injection.


Compensation for meningitis vaccine injuries

If you suffer a serious reaction such as difficulty breathing, brain damage or a severe illness such as Guillain-Barré Syndrome after receiving a Meningococcal vaccination, you can seek compensation through the vaccine injury compensation program ("VICP"). Through the VICP, the government has paid billions of dollars to individuals who have suffered from serious adverse events caused by the administration of certain vaccines. The attorneys at My Vaccine Lawyer have handled thousands of cases for vaccine injuries and can provide you with a free consultation to evaluate your case. You may also be compensated for the following: (1) reimbursement of medical expenses; (2) applicable lost wages; and (3) pain and suffering.

  • Reimbursement of Medical Expenses: Any medical costs incurred for treatment of the vaccine injury or its common side effects are reimbursable by the VICP. Reimbursable expenses are limited to what the injured party has paid or will pay related to the injury, and will not be applied to any portion of treatment paid for by a health insurance provider. The exception to this rule applies in cases where state Medicaid has paid for some or all treatment. Medicaid is the only entity that is able to subrogate against a compensation award for a vaccine injury. In light of this rule, it is crucial that the injured party advise their attorney if they have been a Medicaid recipient during or leading up to treatment. In cases where catastrophic injuries have occurred and in-home nursing or home modifications are necessary, the VICP will estimate expenses that an injured party will incur in the future. Petitioners can recover damages for those medical expenses in addition to expenses they have already paid. This includes any costs incurred from visiting a physical therapist, receiving a cortisone injection, or undergoing a surgical procedure.
  • Lost Wages: If a vaccine injury or related treatment causes an injured party to miss work and lose income, the VICP will reimburse the party for those wages. Even in cases involving workers’ compensation, a petitioner can seek the difference between the benefits received through workers’ compensation and the actual wages lost. Standard pre-reimbursement tax deductions apply.
  • Pain and Suffering: Although each injured party experiences some degree of pain and suffering, the extent is largely determined by the circumstances of the claim. The key factors for determining a monetary value for pain and suffering can be narrowed down to symptoms, treatment and residual effects on an injured party’s life. The type and duration of treatment coupled with the severity and duration of symptoms speak to the injured party’s experience. Those factors, in addition to any residual or permanent effects on the party’s life are used to quantify the claim and determine an award.

If you suffered an adverse reaction, illness or injury after receiving the Meningitis vaccine, you may qualify for compensation from a federal trust fund called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. It is important to note that there is no charge for your case evaluation, so contact us today and speak directly with one of our industry leading vaccine injury attorneys.



Page last reviewed and updated: January 20, 2021

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