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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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Should I Get a Flu Shot if I’ve Had an Adverse Reaction in the Past?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that most people get a flu shot each year. For the 2020-2021 flu season, the CDC says that, “[g]etting a flu vaccine is more important than ever.” But, what if you have had an adverse reaction to the flu shot in the past? Should you … Continue reading

What is the Statute of Limitations for Vaccine Injury Claims?

In most cases, recovering financial compensation for a vaccine injury involves filing a claim under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). While the VICP is a federal government program that Congress established specifically for the purpose of making it easier to recover losses resulting from vaccine injuries. Filing a VICP claim is a judicial … Continue reading

HHS and CDC Promote 2020-2021 Flu Vaccine with “Boo the Flu” and #SleeveUp Campaigns

Flu season runs from October through May. In order to help prevent the flu from spreading, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourage everyone to get the flu shot (or consult with their doctor if they have concerns). This year, HHS and … Continue reading

What Programs are Available to Help Cover the Costs of Vaccination?

Depending on where you live and the specific vaccines that you or your children need, obtaining the immunizations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can be expensive. This is especially true if you have multiple children who need multiple vaccines each year. If you have private health insurance, your policy … Continue reading

5 Mistakes to Avoid After a Vaccine Injury

For individuals diagnosed with vaccine injuries, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) provides a source of financial recovery. The VICP provides compensation on a “no fault” basis (meaning that you do not need to prove that a health care provider or pharmaceutical company is to blame for your vaccine injury), and it pays claimants’ … Continue reading

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

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