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Henoch-Schönlein Purpura Triggered by a Vaccine

What is Henoch-Schönlein Purpura?

Henoch-Schönlein Purpura (HSP) is a blood vessel disease that mostly affects children and young adults. The disease causes swelling in the veins of the kidneys, intestines, skin, and joints. Its most common feature is a bright, reddish-purple rash that usually appears on the legs. Although most people recover from HSP in a few weeks, more severe cases result in lifelong complications.

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

Reports of Henoch-Schönlein purpura developing after getting a vaccine have been reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)

VAERS is a database of negative side-effects from US-approved vaccines. The database is managed by the FDA, and CDC and it tracks side effects to vaccines not caught during clinical trials.

Am I Eligible for Compensation if I got Henoch-Schönlein Purpura From a Vaccine?

If you came down with Henoch-Schönlein purpura after getting a vaccine, you may be eligible to receive money from the government through the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).

Our lawyers previously won compensation for people diagnosed with Henoch-Schönlein purpura following vaccination.  Mctlaw won over $300 million dollars for vaccine-injured clients in the last three years alone.

We can help you find out if you are eligible for compensation and represent you in the Federal Vaccine Court. Above all, you never have to pay us, even if we win your case.

There are no legal costs for a vaccine injury client represented by mctlaw.

When your case is over, our law firm gets legal fees and costs paid directly by the Vaccine Court.  This payment is separate from any money you are awarded by the Federal Vaccine Court. So you never have to share ANY portion of your money for damages with our law firm.

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Which Vaccines Have Been Linked to Henoch-Schönlein Purpura?

Influenza (Flu) Vaccine

H1N1 (2009) Vaccine: One case study finds past reports of “11 patients with HSP following influenza vaccinations” and describes four additional cases of people who developed Henoch-Schönlein purpura after getting the flu shot. The authors conclude that “caution may be required with [the flu vaccine’s] use in children with immunologically mediated diseases such as HSP.” (Watanabe, 2009).
The same study also found that some people who previously suffered from HSP developed it again shortly after getting a flu vaccine.
The influenza vaccine is most commonly associated with bouts of HSP.

Meningococcal Vaccine

One report describes a case of a 17-year-old girl who developed Henoch-Schönlein purpura 10 days after receiving the MMR vaccine. The authors note that they “think that practitioners should be aware of this possible complication” of meningococcal vaccines (Lambert et. al, 2003).

Meningitis C Vaccine

One report details the case of a 17-year-old girl who developed HSP only 7 days after receiving the meningitis C vaccine. The authors conclude that “the administration of meningitis C vaccination 1 week before the onset of HSP suggests that it can be added to the list of potential triggering agents” (Courtney et. al, 2001)

Tetanus Vaccine

One report finds that a 15-year-old boy developed HSP exactly one week after receiving the tetanus vaccine (Kong et. al, 2016).

Measles Vaccine

An extensive review of the medical literature on Henoch-Schönlein Purpura found that “cases [of HSP] have been reported following vaccinations for…measles” (Kraft et. al, 1998)

If you or a loved one developed Henoch-Schönlein purpura after receiving a vaccine, you may be entitled to compensation from the Federal Vaccine Court. The process of filing a vaccine injury claim is complex and requires lawyers who are experienced in this field of litigation. There are no legal costs for an injured patient represented by Mctlaw, and you never have to share any portion of your compensation with us.

What are the Symptoms of Henoch-Schönlein Purpura?

The symptoms of Henoch-Schönlein Purpura vary depending on the body parts affected by the disease. The disease mainly affects the blood vessels in the skin, joints, intestines, and kidneys. Here is a breakdown of the most common Henoch-Schönlein Purpura symptoms, based on the affected body parts:


  • Reddish-purple, spotted rash
    • Most common symptom
    • Typically appears on the legs (including buttocks and feet)
    • Also affects the arms, face, and torso


  • Inflammation and pain around the joints (arthritis)
    • Most commonly affects joints in the legs (such as knees or ankles)


  • Stomach Pain
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Blood in Stool
  • Other Digestive Problems


  • Blood or protein in the urine
    • Usually only detectable through a urine test

What Complications are Caused by Henoch-Schönlein Purpura?

Because Henoch-Schönlein can affect the blood vessels of the kidneys and intestines, some people develop serious complications that linger even after the disease itself is cured. Potential complications include:

  • Kidney impairment
  • Complete kidney failure
  • Bowel damage

Patients who develop Henoch-Schönlein purpura after getting a vaccine could be entitled to compensation from the federal government. Our lawyers have won compensation for people who developed Henoch-Schönlein purpura after getting a vaccine, like the flu shot.

How is Henoch-Schönlein Purpura Treated?

The majority of Henoch-Schönlein cases are resolved within a month, and some don’t even need treatment. However, treatment options depend on the severity of the case.

While some people only need fluids and bed rest to treat their symptoms, others might be prescribed corticosteroids (like prednisone) to treat any intestinal complications. However, many doctors are reluctant to prescribe corticosteroids due to the severity of their side effects.

In even more severe cases, surgery might be necessary to relieve any intestinal damage.

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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