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When a Flu Vaccine Allergic Reaction is Life-Threatening

By: Anapol Weiss

Vaccines save lives and protect us from the spread of disease, especially during flu season. People are vaccinated every day without problems, but a serious vaccine injury can occur on very rare occasions.

Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening, whole-body reaction that can start minutes or hours after a person receives a vaccination. It’s a medical emergency that requires immediate action.

This rare but severe allergic reaction to a flu vaccine — and numerous other vaccines — is often unpredictable, but it can kill or permanently injure a person when it happens. Victims may suddenly be unable to breathe, and in some cases they can suffer from cardiac arrest, shock or respiratory arrest. Complications from anaphylaxis can leave a person with permanent health problems.

The Vaccine Injury Compensation Fund (VICP) was created as a means for victims to seek compensation for unexpected health problems resulting from a vaccination.

Contact Anapol Weiss if you or a loved one suffered from a severe reaction to a vaccine. No one can change what happened, but we can navigate the legal process as you focus on recovery. You can also click on the button below for more helpful information about filing vaccine claims.