Zostavax Complications? Baron & Budd is Here for You

People who received the Zostavax vaccination hoping to avoid the pain and frustration associated with shingles did so trusting that it would be a safe and effective preventive measure. Unfortunately, many of these people suffered horrible health complications as a result. If you or someone close to you developed problems after receiving the Zostavax vaccine, Baron & Budd is ready to fight for your rights.

What is Zostavax?

Zostavax, manufactured by Merck, is a vaccine made from the herpes zoster virus. It’s designed to protect people over the age of 50 from developing shingles. Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Years or decades later, the virus can reactivate and cause shingles, a painful condition that causes not only a rash and blisters but also other symptoms such as fever and severe itching.

Zostavax is supposed to reduce the chances of shingles by working with the immune system. However, in many instances, it has actually caused users to develop shingles. It has also been linked to other serious health problems, including liver damage, brain damage, and blindness.

Did Merck Properly Warn Patients?

Reports indicate that Merck may have known about these complications, yet continued to market Zostavax to people over 50. Plaintiffs have sued Merck, claiming that the company was aware of the potential issues yet failed to sufficiently warn patients.

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced in 2018 that another shingles vaccine known as Shingrix is actually more effective than Zostavax, and safer to use as well.

Taking Action

You may be able to file a lawsuit against Merck if you developed complications after receiving the Zostavax vaccine. However, you may only have a certain amount of time to take action. A Baron & Budd attorney is available to clearly spell out all of your legal options. Contact us online or call 866-723-1890 to learn more.

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