What was supposed to be a cure for shingles has brought on worse complications. Thousands have attempted to file lawsuits against American pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. for problems associated with their product Zostavax. In an interview with TROFire.com, Troy Bouk, Associate Attorney at the Levin Papantonio law firm, stated that the side effects of the shingles vaccine included meningitis, encephalitis, stroke, palsy, and many others. In a statement to FiercePharma.com, Bern has said that the injuries run “the gamut from contracting shingles as a result of the vaccine all the way to serious personal injuries such as blindness in one eye, individuals who have serious paralysis in their extremities, brain damage, all the way to death.”
The varicella-zoster virus (VZV) causes two distinct diseases:varicella (i.e. “chickenpox”) and herpes zoster (i.e. “shingles”) .Chickenpox, which primarily occurs during childhood, causes anitchy rash for about a week. Complications from chickenpox are relatively infrequent and include pneumonia, bacterial surinfection and encephalitis. Shingles predominantly occurs at older age. It isthe result of a reactivation of VZV, which after chickenpox remains latently present in neural ganglia. This reemergence of the viruscan be assumed to be a consequence of waning cellular immunity.Shingles is characterized by a painful rash on the body and causes on average a more severe and longer-lasting loss of quality of lifethan chickenpox.
Evidence increasingly suggests that chickenpox vaccination of children risks redistributing health risks toward older generations. Varicella-ShinglesStudy