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Vaccine Victim Awarded $61M

The family of a young girl will receive $61 million in a settlement over a severe vaccine reaction that left her debilitated for life. When she was 2 months old, the baby was given the standard diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccination- the next morning her heart stopped beating. Before being resuscitated, she experienced symptoms including:

  • Seizures
  • Abnormal breathing
  • Irregular Heartbeats


The child, now 6, will require round-the-clock medical care for the rest of her life. Since the reaction, she has battled:

  • Cognitive delays
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Encephalopathy
  • Seizure disorder

DTaP Injury Statistics

According to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), from 1988 to 2011 there were a total of 3,979 claims of adverse reactions from the DTaP vaccine filed with the administration. These included:

  • 3,283 Injuries
  • 696 Deaths

Side Effects of DTaP Vaccine

Information below provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Mild Problems

  • Fever
  • Redness or swelling where the shot was given
  • Soreness or tenderness where the shot was given
  • Vomiting

Moderate Problems

  • Seizure (jerking or staring)
  • Non-stop crying, for 3 hours or more
  • High fever

Severe Problems

  • Serious allergic reaction
  • Long-term seizures, coma, or lowered consciousness
  • Permanent brain damage
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