Meningococcal (Menactra) Vaccine

Meningococcus causes meningitis and sepsis. Symptoms of meningitis include stiff neck, headache, fever and drowsiness. Symptoms of sepsis include fever, shock and coma. The disease can escalate so quickly that a person can go from being well to in a coma within a few hours.

Meningococcal infection spreads through intimate contact with an infected person, like kissing, sharing food or beverages, or living in close contact.

Teenagers, young adults and people with certain health conditions are at increased risk.

Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent meningococcal disease.

Most side effects after vaccination are mild. They include:

  • Pain, swelling, or redness where the shot was given
  • Mild fever
  • Chills
  • Feeling tired
  • Headache
  • Muscle and joint aches

Although serious side effects following vaccination are very rare, they do occur.

The U.S. government created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program to reimburse people who suffer a serious injury as the result of a vaccine.

All vaccines administered to children and many vaccines administered to adults are covered by the federal vaccine program, including the meningococcal vaccine.

Serious injuries that can occur after a meningococcal vaccine include:

  • GBS (Guillain-Barré syndrome)
  • SIRVA (Shoulder injury related to vaccine administration)
  • CIDP (Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy)
  • AIDP (Acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy)
  • ADEM (Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis)
  • ITP (Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura)
  • TP (thrombocytopenic purpura)
  • Transverse myelitis (TM)
  • Central nervous disorders
  • Encephalopathy
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Brachial neuritis
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Vasovagal syncope
  • Injection site injury
  • Abscess
  • Shoulder injury
  • Arm injury

The vaccine program will only consider compensation when injuries persist and require ongoing medical care for longer than six months. 

US Vaccine Law has been representing individuals and their families in cases involving vaccine injuries for more than twenty (20) years.

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