Zostavax Shingles Vaccine Lawsuit

Zostavax shingles lawsuit

People who developed shingles within six months of getting the shingles vaccine Zostavax may be entitled to compensation.

RPWB attorneys are reviewing the cases of people nationwide who developed shingles after taking the shingles vaccine, Zostavax. If you developed shingles within six months of getting the vaccine Zostavax, please contact us for a free, no obligation case review.

Why people are filing Zostavax shingles vaccine lawsuits?

For some patients, the Zostavax shingles vaccine caused the very thing it was intended to prevent. Zostavax used live attenuated strains of the shingles virus. The body is supposed to fight off the weakened version of the virus and develop immunity. However, in some cases, the virus jumpstarted dormant chicken pox and actually caused the person to develop shingles.

Even at its best, Zostavax was only effective for about 51 percent of the people who received the shingles vaccine, and was only effective in 18 percent of people 80 or older.

Injuries caused by the Zostavax shingles vaccine

People who received the Zostavax shingles vaccine between 2007 and 2017 and developed shingles within six months may be entitled to compensation.

The shingles caused by Zostavax also has led to a number of related injuries, including:

  • Stroke
  • Lupus
  • Meningitis
  • Encephalomyelitis
  • Systematic Pain Syndrome
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome

Despite clear science showing that Zostavax can cause shingles, the drug’s manufacturer, Merck, did not add it to the list of potential side effects until 2014.

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