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Leah Durant on pros and cons of flu vaccine

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Now that flu season is upon us once again, many are considering the pros and cons of receiving a flu shot this year. Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory condition that is spread by coughing, sneezing, or close contact. A diagnosis of influenza can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Although a majority of complications from influenza infection occur in populations identified as high risk, even healthy people can become sick from the flu and spread it to others.

While the seasonal flu vaccine carries many more benefits than risks for a majority of people, vaccine attorney Leah Durant explains why, as with any drug, vaccination, or medical procedure, there is always a possibility of allergy, more serious adverse reactions, or even death following injection. In most cases, the side effects associated with seasonal flu vaccinations are mild and temporary, involving symptoms such as fever, fatigue, painful joints, aches, pains, and headaches. These symptoms can begin within 12 hours of vaccination and can continue for several days.

In some rare instances the seasonal flu vaccination can result in much more serious complications leading to neurological disorders or even death. Although vaccinations such as the seasonal flu shot have proven safe for a majority of people, vaccine attorney Leah Durant suggests that individuals make informed decisions when deciding whether or not to accept the flu shot this season.

Guillain-Barre (GBS) and Other Potential Adverse Reactions to Vaccines

Although no definite causal relationship has been established, vaccines have been associated with a number of neurological conditions such as Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS), Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP), Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM), seizure disorders, encephalopathy (brain injury), allergic reactions, blood disorders, shoulder injuries, immunologic disorders, and others. These and other serious neurological conditions associated with vaccinations can prove debilitating or even deadly.

The most serious reaction linked with flu vaccination is Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). Guillain-Barre syndrome is a rare, but serious autoimmune disorder that can occur within days or weeks of vaccination. In flu GBS, the immune system turns on itself and attacks healthy nerve cells.

Individuals diagnosed with flu GBS report tingling, pin prick sensations, numbing in the hands and feet and muscle weakness. These sensations often begin in the lower extremities and progress upward, sometimes resulting in paralysis of one or more limbs or the face. Recovery from GBS takes several months and can result in full recovery or lingering disability. In less than 5 percent of cases, a diagnosis of GBS can result in death.

Although other conditions, such as encephalopathy, optic neuritis, partial facial paralysis, and brachial plexus neuropathy have also been reported following the flu vaccine, no definite causal relationship has been established.

Cases of Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) Linked to Flu Vaccine

Another neurological disorder closely associated with the flu shot is Chronic Inflammatory Polyneuropathy or CIDP. Although a separate disorder from GBS, CIDP is widely recognized as the chronic counterpart or relapsing form of GBS, and effects several nerves throughout the body equally. One of the primary differences between GBS and CIDP is that CIDP is the relapsing form of Guillain-Barre Syndrome, and is usually permanent.

The occurrence of these and other adverse vaccine reactions are why Leah Durant and the Law Offices of Leah Durant, PLLC specialize in vaccine litigation. The Law Offices of Leah Durant, PLLC exists to help individuals suffering from serious injury as a result of vaccination.

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

How can individuals make the right decision on whether to accept the flu vaccine? Although the flu vaccine is perfectly safe for a majority of people much of the time, “consulting with one’s medical provider and becoming educated about influenza, its symptoms, and potential benefits and risks of the flu vaccine is an important first step to making an informed decision,” says vaccine attorney Leah Durant.

For those individuals who believe they have been victims of personal injury resulting from a vaccination such as the flu vaccine, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, or VICP, was established as a non-adversarial forum for all individuals found to have been injured by certain vaccines.

“As a no-fault alternative to the traditional tort system, the VICP resolves vaccine injury claims by providing compensation to individuals with certain injuries. The United States Department of Justice and the United States Department of Health and Human Services both play important roles in the VICP,” reports Durant, “but the United States Court of Federal Claims ultimately determines which cases will be compensated.”

VICP provides a fund for patient compensation in the form of the Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund. This program is funded by an excise tax on most major vaccinations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For the claim to be valid, the injury in question must have lasted for six months or longer or must have resulted in hospitalization and surgery. Injuries that result in death are also eligible for a claim.

Contact the Law Offices of Leah Durant, PLLC Today. Wondering what to do if diagnosed with a vaccine injury? Contact the experienced vaccine injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Leah Durant, PLLC today.

Our attorney has been specially admitted to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and is fully equipped to process and represent your claim. Our staff is available seven days a week to answer your questions, review your case quickly and efficiently to determine the viability of your vaccine injury claim, all at little to no cost to you.

To request additional information about the flu vaccine, Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), or Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP), call The Law Offices of Leah Durant, PLLC today at 202-775-9200 or by emailing



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