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Aplastic Anemia Triggered by a Vaccine

What is Aplastic Anemia?

Aplastic anemia is a rare but very serious condition in which the body stops producing enough blood cells to cover its basic needs. It leads to frequent infections and uncontrolled bleeding; in severe cases, these complications can be life-threatening. Aplastic anemia is considered a type of bone marrow failure since blood cells are produced in the bone marrow.

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Aplastic Anemia From a Vaccine

First, always get medical attention as soon as possible. Then, contact a vaccine injury lawyer who can effectively represent you in the Federal Vaccine Court. If your aplastic anemia was triggered by a vaccine, you could be eligible for compensation for your vaccine injury.

Filing a vaccine injury claim is very complicated; one way to simplify the process is hiring an attorney. The good news is that you never have to pay legal fees when a vaccine injury lawyer represents you in the Vaccine Injury Compensation program.  When your case is finished, our Law Firm works with the court to get legal fees and reimbursements paid.  None of these costs are ever your financial responsibility.  You never have to share ANY portion of your money for damages with our law firm.

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Aplastic Anemia and the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)

VAERS is a database that tracks negative side effects after getting a US-approved vaccination  The database is managed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  The VAERS database is used to detect rare vaccine side effects that were not caught during clinical trials.  Below is a list of vaccines covered by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) that have been linked to aplastic anemia on the VAERS database.

Below, we summarize sources that have reported a possible link between aplastic anemia and certain vaccines.

One case report found that a child developed aplastic anemia three weeks after receiving the chickenpox vaccine. The authors concluded that “pediatricians should be aware of this severe although rare” side-effect of the vaccine (Angelini et. al, 2009).

Pneumococcal conjugate (Prevnar) vaccine: In 2006, the federal vaccine court compensated a family whose daughter developed aplastic anemia after receiving the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine.

Influenza (flu) vaccine:
The flu vaccine has been known to cause relapses in people who previously suffered from aplastic anemia (Hendry et. al, 2002).

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What Are The Symptoms of Aplastic Anemia?

The symptoms of aplastic anemia can either come on suddenly, or they can show up little by little, getting worse over time.

If you experienced any of these symptoms after getting a vaccine, you should get in touch with your doctor right away. If you think the vaccine triggered your reaction, contact a vaccine injury lawyer because you could be entitled to compensation. There are no legal costs for patients represented by mctlaw. Symptoms of aplastic anemia may vary:

  • Constant Fatigue
  • Pale Skin
  • Headache
  • Skin Rash
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath after little exercise
  • Frequent or longer-lasting infections
  • Excessive bleeding from minor cuts
  • Excessive Bruising
  • Increased heart rate

Risk Factors for Developing Aplastic Anemia After a Vaccine

Anyone of any age and gender can develop aplastic anemia from a vaccine. But there are some factors that make you more likely to get it. If you belong to any of the following groups of people, you are at a higher risk of developing aplastic anemia from a vaccine:

  • Children
  • Young Adults
  • Older Adults
  • Asian-Americans
  • Pregnant Women
  • Patients with a history of autoimmune disorders, infections, chemotherapy treatment, toxic chemical exposure

Is Aplastic Anemia from Vaccines Treatable?

Aplastic anemia is sometimes curable, especially among younger patients. Because aplastic anemia makes people vulnerable to different kinds of infections, treatments often begin with antibiotics to tackle the infection. After that, the main treatments for aplastic anemia include:

  • Blood transfusions
    • Red blood cell transfusions can increase red blood cell count and reduce tiredness.
    • Platelet transfusions can prevent uncontrolled bleeding
  • Bone marrow transplant
    • In a stem cell transplant, the patient must have a donor who can give some of their healthy bone marrow
    • Donors are often siblings
    • The patient goes through radiation or chemotherapy to get rid of unhealthy bone marrow
    • The donor’s healthy bone marrow is then injected into the patient
  • Immunosuppressants
  • Bone marrow stimulants
  • Antibiotics
  • Antiviral drugs
  • Chemotherapy

Content Reviewed by Joseph Vuckovich – Vaccine Injury Lawyer

MCTLaw attorney Joseph Vuckovich

Joseph Vuckovich represents clients in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. He is based in mctlaw’s Washington, DC office. Joe studied neuroscience and psychology at Harvard where he earned his B.S. degree. He earned a Master’s Degree in biology from the University of Cambridge in the UK, and his law degree from New York University School of Law. Joe grew up in Pittsburgh and now lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife and daughter.

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Vaccine Table Retrieved From:

United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Public Health Service (PHS), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) / Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) 1990 – last month, CDC WONDER On-line Database. Accessed at http://wonder.cdc.gov/vaers.html on Dec 6, 2018 5:16:32 PM

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