Pertussis Whooping Cough and Vaccine Injury
Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccine
Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a respiratory illness that can affect people of all ages but is especially dangerous for babies. The key symptom of pertussis is an intense, uncontrollable cough that makes it difficult to breathe; this results in heavy breathing that makes a “whooping” sound. Whooping cough can be prevented with the pertussis vaccine, which is typically administered in combination with other vaccines, most commonly the diphtheria and tetanus vaccines.
The CDC recommend 5 rounds of whooping cough immunizations, with the first dose at 2 months, the second dose at 4 months, the third dose at 6 months, the fourth dose between 15 and 18 months, and the fifth dose between 4 and 6 years old. In addition, booster shots for teens and pregnant women are recommended.
mctlaw Represents Clients Who Suffer Adverse Reactions From the Pertussis Vaccine
- Our attorneys have won hundreds of millions of dollars in vaccine injury payouts for vaccine-injured clients.
- Our attorneys negotiated a $61 million compensation plan for the family of a young girl who, at only two months old, developed cerebral palsy, encephalopathy, seizure disorder, and cognitive delays after suffering a severe reaction to the DTaP vaccine.
- Since 2017, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) has paid out over $775 million in compensation awards to vaccine injury victims.
- The most frequently compensated pertussis vaccine is Tdap. In fact, Tdap is the second most frequently compensated immunization in the entire NVICP vaccine list, second only to the flu shot
Are You Eligible to File a Vaccine Injury Claim?
There are some basic requirements to be eligible to file a claim in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program:
- The vaccine must be one of the types listed on the Vaccine Injury Table by the VICP.
- The claim must be filed within the statute of limitations. That means you have a short window of time to file a claim.
- The vaccine injury must last for at least 6 months after the vaccination was given.
- Or, the reaction to the vaccination resulted in a hospital stay and surgery
- Or, the reaction must have resulted in death.
- You must file a claim within a certain period of time. There is a statute of limitations to file in the NVICP. It’s best to discuss this with an attorney to know when the clock on your case started ticking.
About the NVICP
- mctlaw files all vaccine injury cases through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP), a special no-fault court designed to compensate individuals who suffer rare vaccine injuries. Because MCTLaw’s legal fees are paid directly by the NVICP, you will never pay any money to our firm–even if you receive a payout for your vaccine injury. In fact, it is illegal for attorneys to charge clients any fees related to an NVICP case.
- According to the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), for every one million vaccines administered in the U.S., there is one NVICP payout. Because there are such strict regulations to qualify for NVICP compensation, having attorneys with extensive vaccine court experience is key to your case.
- Vaccine injury payouts can happen two different ways: as a direct compensation from the NVICP, or as the result of an out-of-court settlement. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the average length of time from filing to receiving a payout is about two to three years.
Types of Adverse Reactions to the Pertussis Vaccination
Vaccines are one of the most important medical interventions of our time. They protect us from a variety of devastating diseases. While most individuals feel no side effects from the pertussis shot, adverse reactions to the vaccine can happen. Some reactions that have been associated with pertussis are listed below.
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The DTaP and Tdap vaccines are sometimes combined with other vaccines. Below, we list the various combination vaccines that protect against pertussis. They are listed from most popular to least popular in the United States:
- Tdap: The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (whooping cough).
- DTaP: The DTaP vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (whooping cough). DTaP is a pediatric vaccine, so it is only licensed for use in babies and children under 7 years old.
- DTaP-Hep B-IPV: This formulation protects against diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough), hepatitis B, and poliovirus.
- DTap-IPV-HIB: This vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough), poliovirus, and influenza type B.
- DTaP-IPV: This vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough), and poliovirus.
- DTP-HIB: This vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough), and influenza type B.
- DTP: This vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus and whole-cell inactivated pertussis (whooping cough).
- DTaP-HIB: This vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (whooping cough), and influenza B