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5 Causes of Vaccine Related Medical Injuries

5 Causes of Vaccine Related Medical Injuries


When developed and administered properly and safely, vaccines and injectable medications can be useful tools and beneficial adjuncts in the quest for better health. Lack of proper development or use, however, can result in situations ranging from mild side effects to devastating ones, including death. All age groups can be affected. Listed here are five potential causes of vaccine related medical injury:

1. Administering The Wrong Vaccine

Improperly labeled vaccines, patient record mix-ups, and lack of practitioner, nurse, or pharmacist focus can result in administration of a vaccine other than what was prescribed. An example is the administration of insulin to an individual who is not diabetic.

2. Administering A Vaccine With A Known Allergic Component

Careful attention must always be given to patient allergies, including and particularly those affiliated with medications, when prescribing and administering vaccines. Examples include administering a DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis) vaccine to a child or a TDaP (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) vaccine to an adult who is allergic to tetanus toxoid.

3. Administering Two Vaccines That Should Not Be Given Together

Examples in this category include the administration of two types of pneumococcal vaccines simultaneously. Giving multiple vaccines to an immunocompromised individual is another scenario with potential to cause a vaccine related medical injury.

4. Administering An Adult Dose Of Vaccine To A Child

Providing an adult dose to a child may cause disruptions to the child’s immune system and cause a host of other potential side effects.

5. Not Administering A Vaccine During & After Pregnancy

Not providing an immunoglobulin vaccine both during and after pregnancy to a mother or surrogate who has Rh-negative blood has the potential to injure both the pregnant individual and the baby.

All forms of vaccine related medical injury pose a concern with the potential to seriously affect patients of all ages.

If you have been injured due to a vaccine related medical injury in Florida, or a loved one has been injured or has died due to Medical Malpractice Negligence, contacting an experienced lawyer or expert legal team for an initial consultation is an important step. Researching information about lawyers who specialize in Medical Malpractice Negligence cases is helpful, and when possible, lawyers or legal teams who specialize in the particular type of  lawsuit case you may be dealing with. Qualified legal professionals can effectively assess your potential case and guide you on the proper and effective legal steps to take to seek justice and maximize compensation.

Many lawyers and legal teams offer free initial consultations. At Mallard & Sharp, P.A., we specialize in a wide variety of cases, including those involving provable vaccine related medical injuries in Miami, South Florida, and all other areas of Florida. To schedule a free initial consultation with a member of our expert legal team call 877.662.5527 or 305.461.4800.

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