On the whole, vaccines are very safe and they help to prevent the spread of disease. They have stopped epidemics and changed the course of modern medicine. Many deadly diseases are rarely found in the United States anymore because of the work of vaccines.
That said, there are some potential risks whenever you get a vaccine. One risk is if you are allergic to the vaccine or to something in it. A severe allergic reaction, known as anaphylaxis, can be so serious that it even threatens your life.
Can you treat an anaphylactic reaction to a vaccine?
It is important to note that anaphylaxis happens due to other allergic reactions, not just vaccines. Someone could get stung by a bee or accidentally eat something that they’re allergic to.
If this happens, the best thing to do is to take a shot of epinephrine and then head to the hospital to get help from medical professionals. People who know they have severe allergies often carry epinephrine with them everywhere they go, just in case they need it, knowing it can save their life.
It’s a little trickier with a vaccine. You may have no idea you’re allergic to it and you may not have any epinephrine with you. If the reaction doesn’t happen while you’re still at the doctor’s office, this could mean anaphylaxis sets in at home. This is very serious and you must get to the hospital as soon as possible, likely by calling 911.
If you’ve been injured by a vaccine, what comes next?
Have you had major complications after getting a supposedly safe vaccine? You need to know all about your legal options. An experienced attorney here in Pittsburgh can help you learn more.