It’s not safe to go to a NBA game in 2019? Get vaccinated!


measles outbreak in southwest Washington continues to grow, and public health officials on Friday released a mounting list of places where people may have been exposed to the disease — including Jan. 11’s Trail Blazers game at the Moda Center.

Eighteen Clark County-area children and one adult have the preventable disease, public health officials have confirmed, and seven more are suspected of having it. Sixteen of the confirmed cases are in people who haven’t been vaccinated.

Officials have released a list of over two dozen places — schools, health care facilities, Portland International Airport and other locations — where people may have been exposed to the disease. Those locations include the Jan. 11 Portland Trail Blazers game at the Moda Center, and the Northeast Portland Costco.

The Shutdown from my little corner of the USA

There are inumerable stories about those impacted, directly and indirectly from the partial U.S. Government shutdown.

What do I do?  How does this impact a lowly lawyer from Massachusetts?   I represent petitioners who have been injured as a result of a vaccine, under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.  This program was designed by Congress in the mid-1980’s to compensate those children or adults who under rare circumstances suffer a vaccine injury.

My “opponent” is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. They are represented quite ably by attorneys at the U.S. Department of Justice. Because of the shutdown:

  1. These fine people are unable to show up for work.
  2. They are not receiving paychecks, a stress on any individual and family.
  3. My clients, those that have suffered vaccine injuries, are not receiving compensation. Their cases stuck in limbo. Victims of political dysfunction.

This isn’t about me. I don’t vote my own paycheck. But it is about my clients who have already suffered enough.  It is about federal attorneys on the other side, friends of mine dare I say, that I admire, who are unable to show up for work and do what they do so well.

It’s time to get the government open, because people are hurting, Federal workers and injured Americans. Our fellow citizens, friends and neighbors.



Howard Gold is a vaccine injury attorney in Wellesley, MA.

How to Prevent Shoulder Pain after a Vaccine.

Great information from


Shoulder pain after a vaccine injection is common, and almost always pain that does occur resolves within a day or two. Many patients describe symptoms of a dull ache in the muscle on the outside of the shoulder (the deltoid muscle) that is a result of having the injection placed directly into the muscle tissue. When this aching sensation occurs, typically an ice pack, some anti-inflammatory medications, and a few days of rest will allow the symptoms to subside. But what if the painful symptoms persist? Could something more be wrong?

Well, it turns out that sometimes shoulder pain can become a chronic problem after a vaccination. There is even a name for the condition: shoulder injury related to vaccine administration, or SIRVA. In these patients, the shoulder pain can be long-lasting and debilitating.


SIRVA is thought to be the result of the incorrect placement of the vaccine into the shoulder joint or the shoulder bursa, rather than into the deltoid muscle tissue. When the vaccine is injected into the synovial tissue of the joint or bursa, an immune response may occur causing severe inflammation. Typical symptoms of SIRVA include:

  • Significant chronic shoulder pain after a vaccination
  • No prior problems with the shoulder
  • Limited mobility of the shoulder joint

Patients diagnosed with SIRVA may find relief with treatments targeted at controlling the inflammation such as oral medications and cortisone injections. Rarely is surgery necessary for the treatment of this condition, although the effective treatment of SIRVA can take months for resolution.

Are Vaccines Safe?

This is a subject of great interest and debate among many people. It is very clear that the benefits of vaccinations far outweigh the risks of having the injections. Unfortunately, because of the debate taking place, some people are worried about acknowledging any problems with vaccines.

However, SIRVA is not a result of a problem with the ingredients of the vaccination, but rather a problem with the placement of the needle that delivers the vaccine to the incorrect location. It is important that while caregivers and patients should be aware of this possible complication, this should not be a reason to avoid vaccinations. Rather it should be a caution that even with seemingly simple medical procedures, care should be taken to ensure they are performed appropriately.

While it is clear that incorrect administration of a vaccine into the shoulder joint or the shoulder bursa can cause a severe inflammatory response and chronic shoulder pain, it is also clear that vaccines are effective at preventing life-threatening diseases. Furthermore, careful administration of vaccines can help to ensure that SIRVA will not be a problem for you.

Prevent SIRVA

There are a few steps you can take to ensure SIRVA does not occur as a result of a vaccine being injected into your shoulder:

  1. Make sure anyone giving any injection (vaccine or otherwise) is trained in the proper administration of shoulder injections.
  2. Take your shirt off, or wear a shirt that you can pull up over your shoulder (don’t pull your shirt down, exposing only the top of your shoulder). Placement of the needle too high in the arm can lead to inadvertent placement into the shoulder joint.
  3. If you have pain that persists beyond a few days, be sure to let your doctor know. There are effective treatments for SIRVA.

SIRVA is an unusual, rare complication related to the location of vaccine administration, not a problem with the actual vaccine. As with any medical procedure, even seemingly innocuous interventions, there are possible complications that can occur. If you have any concerns about vaccine administration, you should discuss these with your healthcare provider.

A Word From Verywell

Vaccines administered to the shoulder area are exceedingly safe, and there is no question that research demonstrates that the benefits from the flu vaccine, and other immunizations, far outweigh the risks of these injections. However, there are problems that can occur, including chronic shoulder pain resulting from incorrectly administered injections. Making sure your medical practitioner is trained in proper vaccine administration can help to ensure this complication will not happen to you.

Measles outbreaks occur in other countries due to lack of vaccinations

So it is not only in the United States where falling vaccination rates are harming children and the communities at large.


Most recently in Israel, an outbreak of measles in Israel has been blamed for infections in the  Jewish communities of New York and London, which are thought to have started when unvaccinated residents visited Israel, contracted the disease there and brought it back to the community.

Concerns about the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine surfaced in 1998, when a British study, since discredited, linked it with autism. The study was found to be a fraud and the autism link was debunked, but vaccination rates have dropped in some countries and communities, as concerned parents have prevented children receiving their shots.

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was started because vaccines, while safe, can cause injuries in very rare circumstances.


However autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is not one of those injuries.  Autism is not, has not and cannot be “caused” by a vaccination.  Science matters, facts matter and the facts and science are clear.  Fear-mongering and ignorance from anti-vaccine advocates do nothing but harm themselves, their families and their communities.  Want to keep your children safe? Have them vaccinated.

Vaccine injuries ARE real, but they are rare.  The truth is scary enough, there is no need to make up them up…


Gold Law Firm, LLC. is a national vaccine injury law firm.  Vaccine injury law is all we do.

Facts matter and ignorance is dangerous

Another anti-vaccine politician is heading to the US Congress.  Republican Mark Green from Tennessee, a medical doctor,  told constituents Tuesday he believed vaccines may be causing autism, questioning data from the Centers for Disease Control and other institutions disproving such a theory.

“Let me say this about autism,” Green said. “I have committed to people in my community, up in Montgomery County, to stand on the CDC’s desk and get the real data on vaccines. Because there is some concern that the rise in autism is the result of the preservatives that are in our vaccines.

“As a physician, I can make that argument and I can look at it academically and make the argument against the CDC, if they really want to engage me on it,” Green said.  He has no facts to back up his fear-mongering.

Despite calls by the anti-vaccination movement for parents not to vaccinate their children against a number of diseases, CDC data disproves the movement’s findings.

Through multiple studies, the CDC has found no link between autism and vaccines, including from the mercury-based preservative in vaccines referenced by Green.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has reiterated those findings.

“Claims that vaccines are linked to autism, or are unsafe when administered according to the recommended schedule, have been disproven by a robust body of medical literature,” wrote two American Academy of Pediatrics doctors last year. “Delaying vaccines only leaves a child at risk of disease.”


Simply put, there is no conspiracy. There are no hidden medical records.  Vaccines do NOT cause autism.  Vaccines save lives.  Vaccine injuries are very rare but they do occur.

A national program is available to compensation those injured by a vaccination.  Gold Law Firm can assist.  Vaccine injury law is all we do.

The Shock of GBS (Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome)

On this Thanksgiving weekend we stop and think of all there is to be grateful for…hopefully our health.


Those afflicted with GBS, Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome know that a sudden and often times chronic illness can change your life in a moments time.


Vaccine injuries are incredible rare but they do exist. That is why Congress enacted the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program – top compensate those injuried by vaccines.


GBS is most often caused by an infection, but very rarely it is caused by a vaccination, typically the flu vaccine.  This story of a Las Vegas man who received the flu shot, is but another example of what a vaccine injury can do.


A Las Vegas woman says the flu shot sent her husband to the ICU.

Monique Morgan says her husband Shane had the flu shot on Nov. 2.

“36 hours afterwards, he developed flu-like symptoms,” said Morgan.

More than a week later on Nov. 14, Morgan says her husband asked for help.

“He’s like I can’t feel my legs… I need you to take me to the emergency room,” said Morgan.

Shane has been hospitalized for six days. A medical professional says this could be a rare disorder that’s been linked to the flu vaccine.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a rare disorder in which a person’s own immune system damages their nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis.

GBS can cause symptoms that usually last for a few weeks. Most people recover fully from GBS, but some people have long-term nerve damage. In very rare cases, people have died of GBS, usually from difficulty breathing. In the United States, an estimated 3,000 to 6,000 people develop GBS each year.

“In all my years of practice, I had only seen one case of this,” said Dr. Daliah Wachs.

Wachs, who is not treating Shane, spoke with us about GBS.

“You can’t get that from a flu shot,” said Dr. Wachs. “A flu shot will not inject anything into you, Guillain-Barré is your body’s response to a flu shot or a pathogen.”

Dr. Wachs says if you have a history of GBS, talk to your doctor.  But medical professionals still urge the general public to get vaccinated.

“We don’t want anyone scared to get the flu shot because the flu shot saves lives,” she said. “I’ve seen more GBS from people getting the flu than from people getting the flu shot.”

While she waits for her husband to recover, Morgan says her goal is to educate the public about this disorder.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the exact cause of GBS is unknown, but about two-thirds of people who develop GBS experience symptoms several days or weeks after they have been sick with diarrhea or a respiratory illness.

Infection with the bacterium Campylobacter jejuni is one of the most common risk factors for GBS. People also can develop GBS after having the flu or other infections (such as cytomegalovirus and Epstein Barr virus). On very rare occasions, they may develop GBS in the days or weeks after getting a vaccination.

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If you or a loved one has suffered a vaccine injury, please contact us at Gold Law Firm, LLC.  Vaccine Injury Law is all we do.


Too many people die of the flu because too few are vaccinated.

Flu Shots are widely available.  You can receive them at the corner pharmacy, CVS, Rite Aid, the local supermarket as well.  It has never been easier to receive one.  Yet Americans are not taking advantage.  Why?


Wired magazine has the story.

More people were killed by the flu last year than at any time in 40 years—more than 79,000—and hospitalizations and illnesses hit record highs.

The CDC pinpointed one possible reason for the high death rate: The number of people who got flu shots was unusually low. Only 37 percent of adults got the vaccine, the lowest rate in eight years, and only 58 percent of children, a 1 percent dip from the previous year. Flu vaccine uptake is never huge; except among the elderly, adult vaccination rates rarely top 50 percent. But the sharp decreases last season may have been enough to force the mortality rate up.v

flu shots are not that effective in stopping the flu…but they are better than nothing.
People who get the shot may still end up with flu infection, yet because they got the shot, they are less likely to experience grueling symptoms, be admitted to the hospital, or die.

A RAND study of people who didn’t get a flu shot, conducted in 2010 after one of the worst flu seasons on record, found that 28 percent didn’t think they needed it, 16 percent weren’t motivated to seek it out, and 14 percent said they “don’t believe” in it.


Flu changes all the the time, mutating just enough from season to season that it requires a new vaccine formula, and a fresh shot, every year.


An optimistic view is that flu vaccine is only a failure compared to other vaccines. “The expectation that if you get a vaccine, you don’t get the disease — that shows how well other vaccines are working,” says Joseph Kurland, an infection preventionist at the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, who works on increasing vaccine acceptance.

But the flu vaccine’s shortfalls are a result of a complicated mix of factors: Flu vaccine formulation is a game of probabilities, reliant on educated guesses made six to 12 months in advance of the season about which direction the virus will drift. Flu vaccine manufacturing is built on the productivity of millions of chickens laying the eggs it is grown in, and the uncertainty of how well any season’s virus will grow in them.

Any time any of those go badly—the virus doesn’t grow and vaccine supplies are short, or the prediction went awry and protection is low—the vaccine takes a reputational hit. Selling the public on an imperfect product, one that reduces risk but may not eliminate it, is a difficult task.

People think about flu vaccines differently: less like a medical and legal necessity, and more like a seasonal product, the health care equivalent of a pumpkin spice latte.

One solution might be flipping the public message from the shot’s perceived failures to its documented successes. Multiple studies show that people who get the flu vaccine are less likely to become seriously ill; with the flu shot onboard, the risk of being hospitalized goes down by 37 percent. People who have been vaccinated but are hospitalized with flu are 82 percent less likely to be admitted to intensive care. If they’ve been vaccinated and still are ill enough to need an ICU, their stay is likely to be several days shorter. The effects are especially strong for pregnant women, who are 40 percent less likely to be hospitalized for flu symptoms, and for children, who are two-thirds less likely to die from flu when they’re vaccinated.

These statistics are powerful, but they make up a more complicated message than a simple guarantee of protection. And they illustrate a difficulty inherent in almost all crisis communication: it’s easier to scare people with an account of a terrifying disease than it is to entice them with a calm portrayal of nothing gone wrong. That more nuanced storytelling is something public health might be moving toward.

“We try to avoid getting into percentages and effectiveness, and really try to tap into the emotional feeling of what people want for themselves, or their family members or loved ones,”says Nicole Alexander-Scott, a physician who is director of the Rhode Island Department of Health and president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers. “We bring it back to personal stories about patients, so it’s real and not abstract.”

The anti-vaccination movement long ago seized on the power of narrative, publishing emotionally laden accounts of children who regressed after receiving vaccines.

To hear a public health official consider the power of storytelling is a big step. As a field it is suspicious of anecdotes, mistrustful of their data-free power to persuade. It’s not unusual, as a journalist, to hear public health scientists of a certain age dismiss a news story of a patient’s experience as an “n of 1”—meaning a numerator of 1 over a denominator of some presumed large number, or, translated from jargon, as an anecdote that isn’t statistically representative. But journalism long ago got that dramatic anecdotes have the power to make people pay attention—stories last season pointed out that flu can cause amputations and sepsis and multi-organ failure. The anti-vaccination movement long ago seized on that power, publishing emotionally laden accounts of children who regressed developmentally after receiving vaccines.

It would be satisfyingly symmetrical to see public health claim that power back. Deploying storytelling against the underestimated danger of flu might feel untrustworthy to scientists, less precise than the numbers and percentages that confer believability. But after last flu season, it seems clear that statistics aren’t a motivator for most people. It’s possible that stories are.


Reports of shoulder dysfunction following inactivated influenza vaccine in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), 2010- 2016


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SIRVA – Gold Law Firm, Vaccine Injury Lawyers, files Petition for Compensation

Gold Law Firm, LLC, a national vaccine injury law firm recently filed a vaccine petition for a 63-year old Georgia woman who had a severe vaccine injury reaction to the Flu Vaccine resulting in SIRVA, shoulder injury related to vaccine administration. The case, filed in the Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., sought recovery under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

“This case is a striking example of the injuries and adverse reactions that can occur as a result of vaccinations,” says Howard Gold, a leading Vaccine Injury lawyer.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu vaccine is designed to protect young and old alike from contracting the Flu, which can have devastating effects on the infirmed and elderly and can be debilitating to otherwise healthy individuals, leading to more severe conditions, including Pneumonia.

In this most recent case, 18-vv-17441v. SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, the Petitioner received the Flu Vaccine and immediately thereafter began to experience pain in her left shoulder and arm.   After a somewhat lengthy process, that involved x-rays, MRI’s and other scans,  she was diagnosed with SIRVA. and required steroid injections and physical therapy. (Learn more about SIRVA and shoulder injuries here She has made an incomplete recovery and continues to have residual pain from her flu vaccine injury. SIRVA and other reactions are continually reported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) as occurring after the Flu Vaccine. See, “I strongly believe that children and adults alike should be receiving all of their mandatory vaccinations. However, it’s important to talk to your health care practitioner about the risks,” states Gold, who has been handling Vaccine cases for 20 years.

Gold, a vaccine injury lawyer and head of the Gold Law Firm, a national vaccine injury law firm also says that there is nothing inherently wrong with the Flu Vaccine but that each person is different and reacts differently to each vaccination. That is why it’s essential that the public be aware of a Program intended to compensate them if they do, in fact, suffer a vaccine injury.

Petitioners have three (3) years from the onset of the injury (or two years from date of death) to file a claim. Gold states that the “Program is not used as much as it could be because the American public is just not aware of it. I receive at least 5 calls a month from individuals who cannot obtain compensation because the deadline has passed. They just found out about it too late. We all need to do a better job in getting the word out to the public that the Program exists.”

About Gold Law Firm, LLC.

Gold Law Firm, LLC.  has been successful in helping individuals obtain vaccine injury compensation for cases of SIRVA linked to vaccinations.  If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with SIRVA following a vaccination, contact Gold Law Firm today.  Gold Law Firm are experts in helping individuals before the United States Court of Federal Claims (Vaccine Court) in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.  Our fees are paid by the Program, which means that our representation of your vaccine injury claim will come at no financial cost to you.  To learn more about how to obtain compensation for SIRVA or other vaccine injuries, visit or call 781-239-1000.  Vaccine Injury attorney Howard Gold is available to speak with you today.  Vaccine injuries are rare, but real. Speak to a vaccine injury lawyer today.

Howard Gold, Esquire

Advantages of Supermarket and Pharmacy Vaccinations

While easy access to affordable health care, including vaccinations, is widely considered to be a good thing…does this drive thru vaccine business lead to more vaccine injuries?


Over the next several weeks, we will exam whether the rate of vaccine injuries including SIRVA (shoulder injuries resulting from vaccine administration) are higher outside of traditional medical providers.


In the event you have sufferend a vaccine injury, please contact Gold Law Firm, LLC.  Vaccine Injury is all we do.