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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

DateVaccine NameIllness
or Symptoms
Link to Court DecisionAmount Compensated
7/11/2016Influenza VaccineAcute Disseminated EncephalomyelitisCase 14-482V$75,000
7/11/2016Meningococcal VaccineADEM and MSCase 14-81V$2.2 Million
9/24/2015Influenza VaccineAcute Demyelinating Encephalomyelitis ADEMCase 13-654V$497,000 + Lifetime Annuity
2/13/2015Tdap, MenactraAcute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)Case 11-674V$325,000
10/31/2012Tetanus (Tdap), Gardasil HPV, Menactra VaccinesAcute Disseminated EncephalomyelitisCase 11-21V$70,000
7/8/2011Tdap, Menactra VaccinesAcute Disseminated EncephalomyelitisCase 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.

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