Menactra is a vaccine approved for the prevention of meningitis. Meningitis is a disease in which the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, known collectively as the meninges, become inflamed. It can be very serious and even deadly. Though meningitis is relatively rare, it can be devastating and doctors recommend that those at particular risk be vaccinated.
However, the government received reports of a number of teenagers who came down with Guillain Bare syndrome, a serious neurological disorder, soon after receiving Menactra. Guillain Barre syndrome, or GBS, causes increasing weakness in the legs and arms, sometimes severe enough to cause paralysis. It can strike suddenly, either spontaneously or after certain infections.
As Menactra provides more protection from meningitis than older vaccines still available in the market, Menactra is still a recommended vaccine for many populations, including incoming college freshman. Close proximity, like dormitory living, is one of the best-known risk factors for bacterical meningitis.
The manufacturers of Menactra may be held responsible for not properly informing the public of the risks of this vaccine. If you or a loved one received the Menactra vaccine and experienced serious side effects, contact us to determine whether you have a personal injury claim.