Reported outbreaks of measles in Massachusetts
Measles is a highly contagious disease. The illness can be so dangerous that many societies around the world encourage vaccinations against the disease. In the United States, measles vaccinations started over 50 years ago. The intention was to protect residents from the dangers of measles. However, since measles vaccinations have been introduced and regularly implemented, reports of outbreaks – even among vaccinated persons – began to surface.
For example, in the 1960s, some children developed an especially egregious version of measles called atypical measles (AMS). This involved an altered host immune response caused by the harmful effect of the measles vaccine. This response carried a high death rate among affected individuals.
Those who suffered from AMS received a dead (inactive) dose of the vaccine. Nevertheless, some experienced several symptoms, including a high fever, pneumonia, a unique rash and other issues. Even after three injections of the vaccine, several children remained unprotected. AMS is just one example of unsuccessful vaccinations for measles.
Even today, outbreaks of measles have continued and grown – among the vaccinated and unvaccinated. In fact, in this year, a few cases have been identified in Massachusetts in suburbs just west of Boston. Because the disease is highly contagious, more cases are likely to surface.
The vaccination debate
Vaccinations and other medications are designed to protect against illnesses – not create them. In addition to what is legally mandated, many children and adults receive cautionary vaccinations based on recommendations made by doctors. Some of the most common include vaccinations for whooping cough, chicken pox, polio and measles.
Many vaccinations actually work and ultimately protect individuals against medical issues. However, some come with adverse reactions. Adults and children (especially those with compromised immune systems) can experience life-altering issues as a result of particular types of vaccinations. In some cases, a person may suffer from an adverse reaction that compromises his or her life.
In fact, injuries resulting from vaccinations are so common that the federal government has set up a program, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, which provides financial compensation to victims and their families when particular vaccinations cause harm or death.
If you suspect that you or a loved one has been harmed despite or because of the administration of a cautionary vaccination, speak to a legal professional about what has happened. A personal injury lawyer can help you assess your potential recovery options and assist you with moving forward.