Mrs. Boyle spent months figuring out what was wrong with her as simple tasks such as cooking became extremely difficult to do. She began to experience extreme pain after 5 weeks of taking the vaccine, Zostavax. Not only the shingles did not go away, but it got worse. To put it in her words; “The thing you thought is going to make you better has made you sick, it’s made me worse”. This is the story of a 60-year-old woman that had contracted Shingles and got herself vaccinated which turned out to be a disaster for her. This is just one case out of the thousands of cases where the vaccine, Zostavax has led to some serious side effects for patients that they were not aware of.

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What is Shingles?

If you know what chickenpox is, you could call Shingles its adult version. As a kid, when we contract chickenpox and after some time, we get better, the virus doesn’t go away. It stays in the brain and spinal cord that later on reactivates when we get older and causes this disease. Shingles is a fatal disease that can cause extreme pain and even damage the nerve permanently.

What is Zostavax?

Zostavax is the first vaccine developed by Merck & Co Inc. Pharmaceuticals for the prevention of herpes zoster commonly known as shingles. The Food & Drug Administration approved the use of the vaccine in 2006. Since then, it has been widely used throughout the world and has been successfully able to deal with shingles in many cases. But a lot of questions have been raised regarding its safety as a percentage of people have suffered from serious side effects that are:

  • Pneumonia
  • vision loss
  • muscle weakness
  • heart failure
  • death

The vaccine is claimed to be defective, dangerous, and unsafe by many people. There is a particularly high risk for elder patients that have weak immune systems.

Is there a substitute?

A new vaccine for Shingles was launched in 2017 that goes by the name ‘Shingrix’. As this is not a live vaccine, it is recommended over Zostavax. There are also complications regarding this vaccine as many lawsuits have been filed but its manufacturer claims the vaccine to be 90% effective.

Zostavax Lawsuits

A great number of lawsuits against Zostavax have been filed claiming that the company ‘Merck’ did not warn the users of its side effects despite knowing themselves. Thousands of lawsuits followed as the first one was filed back in 2016. Due to the huge number of cases, the lawsuits were consolidated into MDL class actions. Merck on the other hand stands its ground and claims that the safety of drugs is our priority. People are hopeful that Merck would pay for the damage it has done.

If you’ve recently taken Zostavax and have contracted Shingles or have experienced any of the above serious side effects, you have the right to be compensated. Just call our lawyer, and he’ll guide you on what you should do.