A new lawsuit has emerged alleging specifically that a patient experienced unexplained side effects after receiving the Zostavax shingles vaccine and that the manufacturers of the vaccine, Merck and Company, are responsible for the injuries. While all medical devices, drugs, and vaccines carry some level of risk, new information shows that Merck did not go far enough to ensure patients were aware of these potential risks and issues. Some patients claim that the makers downplayed these risks or failed to share them altogether.
This lawsuit deals with a plaintiff, Dolores C., who received the Zostavax vaccine for the prevention of shingles in April of 2017. Shortly after receiving the vaccine, Dolores suffered vision loss in one eye as well as strokes. These symptoms have led to physical limitations that were not mentioned in the package material nor in the warning label of Merck’s product, and have led to suffering of mental and emotional distress. The FDA has recently updated the Zostavax vaccine’s warning label to include things like vision damage and eye inflammation, which were previously not included.
The attorneys at Montgomery & Ponder, LLC continue investigate claims related to the Zostavax shingles vaccine. Zostavax is made by the pharmaceutical giant Merck and was approved by the FDA in 2006. Since then, more than 36 million Americans have been injected with Zostavax, and Merck made up to $685 million per year from sales of Zostavax alone from 2006-2017. Beginning in 2017, the U.S. Center of Disease Control began recommending the vaccine Shingrix instead of Zostavax, after lawsuits began to pile up alleging that Zostavax caused injuries such as loss of eyesight, complete and permanent hearing loss, stroke, and patients actually contracting shingles.
Common side effects of the Zostavax vaccine include:
- Joint of muscle pain
- Skin rash
- Injection site reactions
Serious side effects could include:
- Hearing loss
- Vision problems including blindness, eye infections, and retinal damage
- Postherpetic neuralgia
- Heart failure
- Development of shingles
If you or a loved one has sustained an injury related to the Zostavax shingles vaccine, please contact the Montgomery & Ponder, LLC immediately at (205) 377-5004.