Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain. Encephalitis can cause flu-like symptoms, such as fever or severe headache. It can also cause confusion, seizures, or problems with senses or movement. However, many cases of encephalitis result in mild flu-like symptoms or even no symptoms.

Encephalitis is the medical term used to describe inflammation of the brain.  Encephalitis can be caused by a number of pathogens, including mumps and measles. When a pathogen directly infects the brain and causes inflammation, it is called primary encephalitis.  When inflammation in the brain results from an overactive immune system, it is called secondary encephalitis.  Most cases of vaccine-related encephalitis fall into this second category.  In some people, a vaccine may cause the immune system to turn against the body’s own tissues, resulting in brain inflammation. Encephalitis in children has been associated in rare cases with the development of autistic symptoms.  If certain timing conditions are met, encephalitis is considered a table injury for MMR and DTaP vaccines.

Symptoms of encephalitis include:

  • Headache

  • Fever

  • Muscle aches and weakness

  • Fatigue and weakness

  • Confusion or hallucinations

  • Seizures

  • Loss of feeling or paralysis

  • Difficulty speaking or hearing

  • Loss of consciousness

Seek medical attention if you or a loved one experience any of the symptoms listed above following the administration of a vaccine, and give us a call to help you evaluate whether you can be compensated for a vaccine injury. 

Not All Vaccines Are Covered

The Vaccination Injury Compensation Program mandates that only certain vaccines are covered. For a full list of covered vaccines, please click the link below. It is important to note that Lawyer’s fees are paid out of the Fund whether you win or lose, as long as the case was filed “in good faith and with a reasonable basis.” 

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