Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia from a Vaccine

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What is Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia?

Autoimmune hemolytic anemia is a disease where the body views its own red blood cells as foreign, and attacks them. There are two basic types of autoimmune hemolytic anemia based on blood temperature: Warm and cold. Most cases are warm, and a much smaller percentage are considered cold autoimmune hemolytic anemia. Autoimmune hemolytic anemia can have potentially serious and life-threatening results.

IMPORTANT: The information below does NOT apply to injuries from COVID-19 vaccinations.

Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia caused by a Vaccine

Medical studies show a connection between vaccines, like the flu shot, and Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia in both children and adults. Often these vaccine-triggered cases go unreported.

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a database managed by the FDA and CDC to collect data on rare side effects of vaccines. The most commonly reported vaccines that cause autoimmune hemolytic anemia are:

IMPORTANT: There is a multi-billion dollar government program to compensate people who get autoimmune hemolytic anemia after a vaccine 

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For the vast majority of the population, vaccines are safe and effective. In very rare cases, patients can suffer injuries like autoimmune hemolytic anemia as a side-effect of an otherwise safe vaccine.

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The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) was created by Congress in 1986 after a series of lawsuits against vaccine manufacturers threatened to create vaccine shortages. So far, this Federal trust fund paid out billions of dollars in damages to thousands of people suffering from adverse reactions to vaccinations.  Billions of dollars are available for future compensations as well.

Vaccine Induced Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia in Children

According to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, one of the likely causes of autoimmune hemolytic anemia is vaccination. In a study, two children developed the disease within weeks of vaccination at 20 and 21 months (Seltsam, Shukry-Schulz, Salama). Doctors diagnosed the reactions as autoimmune hemolytic anemia, and the researchers concluded that the disease “may occur more frequently than has been reported,” (Seltsam, Shukry-Schulz, Salama). Vaccine induced autoimmune hemolytic anemia may be more common than previously believed. One study described 55 cases of autoimmune hemolytic anemia in children after vaccination (Naleway et al,). These cases show many instances of children developing autoimmune hemolytic anemia shortly after routine vaccinations.

Vaccine Induced Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia in Adults

Several studies describe similar reactions in adults. Commonly, the reaction is seen after influenza (flu) vaccine. One study describes three reactions in adults, ages 19-67, that began within days of the flu shot (Shizuma). In some cases, autoimmune hemolytic anemia developed after the flu vaccine can be fatal (Shizuma).

Symptoms of Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia

If you or a loved one have experienced any of the symptoms below after receiving a vaccine, consult your doctor immediately because the vaccine may have triggered the symptoms.

You should also contact a vaccine injury lawyer because you may be entitled to compensation. There are no legal costs for patients represented by mctlaw.

Symptoms may include:

  • Unusual weakness 
  • Fatigue 
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Jaundice
  • Dark urine 
  • Paleness of the skin
  • Enlarged spleen

Diagnosis of Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia:

Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia can only be diagnosed by a healthcare professional. They will perform a blood test and review your medical background for more information.

Vaccines work by stimulating our immune system in a safe and protective way. Rarely, the immune system appears to be over-stimulated, leading to autoimmune diseases, like autoimmune hemolytic anemia. If you believe this rare reaction happened to you or a loved one, contact mctlaw to have our team review your case.

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These outcomes can be physically, financially, and emotionally devastating. When that happens, you need someone on your side to help. That’s where mctlaw comes in. We may be able to help you or your family when these rare reactions happen. We have the experience and expertise needed in these cases.

Vaccines Covered by the VICP

these vaccines are not covered

If your injury is a result of one of the vaccinations listed below, you are NOT eligible for the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. 

  • Covid-19 Vaccines
  • Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccines meant for older adults
  • Herpes Zoster (Shingles) Vaccine
  • Rabies
  • Anthrax
  • Smallpox
  • Yellow Fever
  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Typhoid Fever

Content Reviewed by Anne Carrión Toale – Vaccine Injury Lawyer

Anne Toale, Attorney at MCTLaw

Anne Carrión Toale, Esq. is a vaccine injury attorney at mctlaw. Anne helps vaccine injury clients get compensation from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) before the Vaccine Court in the United States Court of Federal Claims. Ms. Toale has served as past president of the Vaccine Injured Petitioners Bar Association, where she provided education and assistance to other attorneys throughout the United States practicing in the area of vaccine injury compensation.

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Allison L. Naleway, Edward A. Belongia, James G. Donahue, Burney A. Kieke, Jason M. Glanz, Risk of immune hemolytic anemia in children following immunization, Vaccine, Volume 27, Issue 52, 2009, Pages 7394-7397, ISSN 0264-410X.

Hemolytic Anemia. Cincinnati Childrens. Retrieved Aug 29, 2022 from

Hemolytic Anemia. Johns Hopkins Medicine. (2021, August 8). Retrieved August 29, 2922, from

Seltsam, Axel & Shukry-Schulz, S & Salama, A. (2000). Vaccination-associated immune hemolytic anemia in two children. Transfusion. 40. 907-9. 10.1046/j.1537-2995.2000.40080907.x.

Shizuma T (2014) Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia Following Influenza Virus Infection or Administration of Influenza Vaccine. J Blood Disord Transfus 5:200.

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) 1990-08/19/2022, CDC WONDER On-line Database. Accessed at on August 29, 2022.

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