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Leah Durant

Leah Durant is a former U.S. Department of Justice trial attorney who specializes in vaccine injury claims covered by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. These cases are filed before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (more commonly known as the “vaccine court”) in Washington, DC, where she has been admitted to practice since 2008. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Leah Durant is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park and received her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. Leah Durant’s legal practice concentrates on litigating complex vaccine injury and medical related cases. She has an extensive legal background and has experience representing individuals with complex medical claims.
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The 2020-2021 Flu Vaccine: Resources from the CDC and FDA

Flu season is here, and before we know it we will be in the midst of the December-to-February peak. While the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is forcing many parents to stay home from work and many children to stay home from school this fall, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are still … Continue reading

FDA Approves New Meningococcal Vaccine, MenQuadfi, Manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur, Inc.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new meningococcal vaccine for use in the United States. The new vaccine, MenQuadfi, is manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur, Inc. MenQuadfi joins five other meningococcal vaccines that are currently approved for use in the U.S.: Menveo, Menactra, BEXSERO, TRUMENBA and Menomune-A/C/Y/W-135. It is indicated … Continue reading

What is Involved in Filing a Vaccine Injury Claim?

For individuals and families who are struggling to cope with the effects of vaccine-related injuries, financial relief is available through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). The VICP is funded by an excise tax on vaccines recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and it has paid more than $4 … Continue reading

Should You Still Get a Flu Shot During the COVID-19 Crisis?

Among the many concerns raised by the COVID-19 crisis, one question many people have is whether they should still get their annual flu shot. The 2020-2021 flu season is here, and this is the time of year when many individuals and families visit their doctors, pharmacies and health departments to get vaccinated. So, should you … Continue reading

Resources from World Immunization Week 2020

Each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes World Immunization Week during the last week of April. For 2020, the theme was #VaccinesWork for All, and the WHO focused its awareness campaign on, “how vaccines as well as the people who develop, deliver and receive them are . . . champions by working to protect … Continue reading

7 Key Facts about the Annual Flu Shot

The 2020-2021 flu season is approaching, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recently released their recommendations for the formulations of the annual flu shot heading into next year. Here, vaccine injury lawyer Leah V. Durant answers some frequently-asked questions about flu season, the annual flu shot and the potential risks associated … Continue reading

Can the Flu Shot Cause Optic Neuritis?

Optic neuritis is a medical condition characterized by inflammation of the optic nerve. This inflammation can cause pain and vision loss; and, as explained by Johns Hopkins Medicine, “[l]oss of vision in optic neuritis commonly reaches its maximum effect within a few days and starts improving within 4 to 12 weeks.” While the precise cause … Continue reading

What is the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP)?

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) is a federal government initiative established in 1988 that provides a source of monetary recovery for individuals and families who have experienced vaccine-related injuries and illnesses. While the vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for adults and children are generally considered safe, injuries … Continue reading

What are the CDC’s Vaccine Recommendations for 2020?

Each year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) release updated vaccine recommendations for children, teens and adults. While the CDC’s recommended vaccination schedules do not change significantly from year to year (and some years do not change at all), it is still important for parents and adult vaccine recipients to stay up-to-date … Continue reading

What are Ordinary Side Effects of DTaP, Tdap, DT and Td?

The DTaP, Tdap, DT and Td vaccines provide protection against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis in various formulations. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend vaccination against all three of these diseases beginning at six weeks of age, with the DTaP, Tdap, DT and Td vaccines being specifically recommended for different patient populations. … Continue reading

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