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New York Zostavax Lawsuit Lawyer

Shingles can be a horribly painful disease.  Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a viral disease that causes painful tracts of rashes on the skin.  The virus is the same virus that causes chickenpox.  If you had chickenpox as a kid, the virus can remain in your cells for years, only to revitalize later in adulthood in the form of shingles.  It is extremely painful, however if it is near the eye, it could potentially cause blindness.


Zostavax is a vaccine that was developed by Merck & Co. to help prevent the herpes zoster virus from revitalizing later in adult years.  The medication was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006.  Because Zostavax contains a weakened form of the virus that causes chickenpox, it is designed to increase the effectiveness of the immune system and keep the virus dormant, preventing a shingles outbreak.  However, the drug can actually cause someone to have a shingles outbreak and cause a range of serious side effects.


At Sobo & Sobo, L.L.P., we understand that you may be going through a very difficult time due to the medical problems this drug has caused.  You want to trust that the drug companies and especially your physician have your best interest in mind.  However, when that clearly is not the case, and you are suffering serious injuries due to a drug that was supposed to help you, then you need some help understanding what to do next.  The lawyers and staff at Sobo & Sobo, L.L.P. can help you.  Sobo & Sobo, L.L.P. partners with you so that we can ensure you will get the compensation you deserve.


Symptoms of Shingles


The first symptom of shingles is a tingly, numbness feeling at the site of the infection.  Then the feeling can turn to an intense burning sensation.  Once this starts, a rash will appear.  The rash can become severe enough and painful enough to blister and can last up to thirty days or more.  The site of the infection is usually on the side of the torso or the side of the head and face.  It usually follows the nerve roots, thus being shaped like a large swath of rash.  Although younger people have been known to contract shingles, it is mainly a condition that affects elderly people.  Further, the zoster virus can be reanimated by someone going through extreme stress.


Complications Caused by Zostavax


Currently there are only two vaccines to prevent a shingles outbreak.  One is Zostavax developed and sold by Merck & Co.  The other is Shringrix, developed by GlaxoSmithKline and approved by the FDA in 2017.  Because a small piece of the chickenpox virus is contained in the medication, there is risk that you can contract chickenpox or shingles from the medication itself.


Current warning on Zostavax label:


  • Allergic reactions that cause shortness of breath
  • Chickenpox
  • Shingles
  • Fever
  • Hives
  • Joint and muscle stiffness and pain
  • Vomiting
  • Rashes
  • Swollen glands


Complications Caused by Chickenpox


Adults who contract the Chickenpox virus have a greater chance of dying from the disease than children.  Because Zostavax can cause a patient to contract the Chickenpox virus, then the patient may suffer from serious medical conditions that are caused by Chickenpox.


These conditions can include the following:


  • Severe neuropathic pain
  • Encephalitis – swelling of the brain
  • Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) – Severe inflammation of the brain and spinal cord
  • Ataxia – disease of the nervous system that causes slurred speech and difficulty walking
  • Hypertonia – decreased muscle tone
  • Hemiparesis – weakness on one side of the body
  • Cardiomyopathy – a collection of conditions that weaken the heart muscle
  • Blood infections
  • Pneumonia
  • Bleeding problems


The Trouble with Zostavax


Merck & Co. have indicated that Zostavax is effective in about half of the patients that receive the drug.  However, other studies done by independent researchers have indicated that the effectiveness of the drug is much less than 50%.


As of 2015, there have been 1,100 reports made to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) related to the use of shingle vaccines.  Of that number, there were over 90 deaths of the patient who was prescribed the vaccine.


How Sobo & Sobo Can Help

The attorneys at Sobo & Sobo provide unsurpassed legal services and are personal injury law leaders to the Hudson Valley community. We will put our experience to use during your initial consultation as we listen to your story and help you make informed decisions about how to proceed with your defective drug case.


Take the time to learn about your legal rights by calling Sobo & Sobo at 855-468-7626 as soon as possible. Our prompt action, in partnership with you, could make a difference in the outcome of your case. We would be honored to hear your story and look forward to taking the next step toward Winning Together