Zostavax contains a “weakened” or “attenuated” form of varicella zoster, the chickenpox virus that also causes shingles. The drug is designed to stimulate the immune system in an effort to keep the virus dormant and prevent shingles. Zostavax is made by Merck & Co., and was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in May 2006.
Does Zostavax Really Work?
Shingles can be a debilitating condition, especially for seniors who most often develop it. However, it has recently been found that the Zostavax vaccination is effective in barely half the people who receive it, making the potential health risks associated with the drug not worth the benefits. In August 2014, the FDA required Merck to add “shingles” to the list of possible side effects of Zostavax warned about on the product’s labeling and packaging insert.
Zostavax Side Effects
- Injection site reactions (pain, redness, itching, swelling, warmth, bruising)
- Allergic reactions
- Vision damage / keratitis
- Joint and/or muscle pain
- Skin rash
- And more
Symptoms of Shingles
Shingles is a severe skin rash that tingles or burns at a single site on one side of the body. The rash typically appears within a few days of receiving the vaccination and can last for up to a month. Shingles is mainly a disease of the elderly, but younger persons can get it. One out of every 5 people who get it subsequently develop nerve pain that can persist for months or even years.
Has a Class Action Been Filed?
To date, no class action lawsuit has been filed over injuries allegedly caused by the Zostavax shingles vaccine, and it is unlikely that any such action will be entered in the future. However, our lawyers are reviewing potential individual lawsuits for people who got shingles or chickenpox after receiving the vaccination. If we determine that you have a valid claim against Merck, you may be entitled to compensation to assist with medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Do I have a Zostavax Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Zostavax lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new shingles vaccine injury cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by Zostavax side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.