Can ADEM be Triggered by a Vaccine?
Yes. Viral infection or vaccination can trigger ADEM. ADEM is sometimes diagnosed as a severe first attack of multiple sclerosis (MS) since some of the symptoms of the two disorders, particularly those caused by demyelination, overlap. However, ADEM usually has symptoms of encephalitis (such as fever or coma), as well as symptoms of myelin damage (visual loss, paralysis), as opposed to MS, which usually doesn’t have encephalitis-like symptoms. In addition, ADEM usually consists of a single episode or attack, while MS features many attacks over the course of time. MS, like ADEM, can also be triggered by viral infection or vaccination.
Prognosis of ADEM Triggered by Vaccination
Corticosteroid therapy can shorten the duration of neurological symptoms of ADEM and halt further progression of the disease in the short-term, but the long-term prognosis for individuals has significant variety. Studies indicate that half of all patients with ADEM will eventually completely recover. Unfortunately, that leaves the other half that will not. Of those, the prognoses vary greatly.
Compensation for ADEM Triggered by Vaccine
Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. has helped many patients get compensation for injuries resulting from Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis following vaccination. Vaccines that may cause ADEM include the flu shot (influenza), Gardasil vaccine, Menactra vaccine, measles mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, and hepatitis B vaccine among others.
Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM) Case Results
|Date||Vaccine Name||Illness |
|Link to Court Decision||Amount Compensated|
|7/11/2016||Influenza Vaccine||Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis||Case 14-482V||$75,000|
|7/11/2016||Meningococcal Vaccine||ADEM and MS||Case 14-81V||$2.2 Million|
|9/24/2015||Influenza Vaccine||Acute Demyelinating Encephalomyelitis ADEM||Case 13-654V||$497,000 + Lifetime Annuity|
|2/13/2015||Tdap, Menactra||Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)||Case 11-674V||$325,000|
|10/31/2012||Tetanus (Tdap), Gardasil HPV, Menactra Vaccines||Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis||Case 11-21V||$70,000|
|7/8/2011||Tdap, Menactra Vaccines||Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis||Case 10-516V||$40,000|
If you think you may have triggered a severe reaction such as ADEM after getting any of these vaccinations, please contact Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. at 888.952.5242 or fill out our vaccine injury contact form on this page.