Merck Sued In Philly Over Shingles Vaccine Injuries


According to Law360, A Nevada woman claimed Wednesday she suffered high blood pressure, an eye injury and other side effects from Merck & Co.’s Zostavax shingles vaccine in what appears to be the first suit over the inoculation in Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas.

Plaintiff Jorja Bentley said in a complaint that the patient information sheet, label and prescribing information that accompanied the vaccine did not provide any warning of the risk of viral infection.

The shingles vaccine is now one of the most heavily marketed vaccines in the world. It commonly features celebrity endorsements and uses tactical chicken pox fear mongering as its core message.


The shingles vaccine has long been linked to a series of side effects, including the eye issues which are disclosed on the label.

  • injection site reactions (redness, itching, swelling, warmth, bruising, and pain),
  • headache,
  • diarrhea,
  • joint or muscle pain, or.
  • skin rash.

This new lawsuit is raising old concerns, essentially.