We Are Not Anti-Vax

Whenever we meet people who ask about our work and we answer, “We do
vaccine injury claims,” the question inevitably comes up: “Are you anti-vax?”
Next, folks often ask us if we think they should get vaccinated. Flu season
generates a lot of this sort of conversation.

So, I want to say this right off (I’ll put it in bold print so that I am absolutely clear):

Vaccines are, without a doubt, one of the greatest inventions in medical science.

Since Dr. Edward Jenner developed a vaccine to protect us from small pox in
1796, vaccines have been used to eradicate or radically reduce the number of
deaths and illness caused by some of humankind’s most dangerous diseases. Had
Jenner’s vaccine been widely available, many of the more than 300 million people
who died from smallpox in the 20th century could have been saved. In the United
States, smallpox is no more.

Polio is another great example. I grew up in the ‘50s. In those days, polio
(poliomyelitis, infantile paralysis) was the scourge for all of us kids. Remember
when your parents wouldn’t let you go to the pool on a hot summer day for fear
that you would get polio? In 1952, there were 58,000 new polio cases and over
3,000 people died. Many who did not die were treated in “Iron Lungs.”

Then, along came Dr. Jonas Salk in 1953 and Dr. Albert Sabin in 1961 with their
polio vaccines. By 1979 or 1980 (experts disagree), polio was declared eradicated
in the U.S.

Vaccines have been effective in reducing the number of kids afflicted with
measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), whooping cough, chicken pox,
diphtheria and many other diseases.

So, WE ARE NOT ANTI-VAX.

But, and this is a big but, vaccines do injure some people. We are here to help
those people.

The United States government recognizes that a few people out of the millions
who get vaccinated every year will suffer some sort of injury. Injuries range from
damage to the structures of the shoulder at the injection site to brain damage,
paralysis and death.

We have represented the families of several babies who died shortly after getting
their “kiddie shots.” We have represented a number of men and women
paralyzed by Guillain-Barré Syndrome or Transverse Myelitis.

The government has established a program to compensate the unfortunate
casualties of widespread vaccination. For more information, call us toll free at
866-225- 4684 or learn about the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program here:
https://www.hrsa.gov/vaccine-compensation/index.html.

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