People often argue about the likelihood of vaccines harming themselves or others. While it’s true that it’s unlikely that vaccines do any harm to the major population, the reality is that some people do suffer from serious side effects and complications from receiving vaccines.

While vaccines do help millions stay healthy, there are side effects and complications that can arise for some people. Sometimes, those reactions lead to disabilities or even death. It’s important that victims and their loved ones who suffer in this way are able to seek the compensation they need so that they can help themselves and their families recover.

What are some risks of vaccines?

Vaccines, just like any kind of medication, can cause side effects. Most of the time, these side effects are minor, such as causing a low-grade fever or soreness where the injection took place. Some side effects are worse than others. For example, the diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis vaccine (also known as DTaP, can cause:

  • Long-term seizures, comas or brain damage
  • High fevers over 105 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Swelling of the entire limb where the vaccine was received
  • Vomiting, poor appetite or tiredness for up to three days after vaccination
  • Serious allergic reactions

This is just a single vaccine, but as you can see, the side effects can be severe. If you or a loved one develops side effects or an allergic reaction, you need to seek medical help as soon as possible. Rapid treatment may be able to minimize the damage caused by a vaccine, even if it is causing side effects.

Vaccines are generally safe, but there are always risks. If you’re hurt, know that you may be able to seek compensation for the injuries that you’ve suffered.