Hepatitis B vaccine caused chronic fatigue syndrome – US Court

By MB July 9, 2013

The United States Court of Federal Claims has ruled that ‘a dose of the hepatitis B vaccination caused [a patient] to develop chronic fatigue syndrome.’

The patient was awarded $1.1 million for medical expenses in the first year after this judgment and an annuity to pay for life care expenses for subsequent years.

This court judgment should be a clear warning to anyone considering receiving the hepatitis B vaccine that your life could be destroyed by this shot.

Pregnant women should be aware that most hospitals will give this vaccine to your child without your permission when they take the newborn baby away from you within hours of birth.

For background on the hepatitis B vaccine (how it came to be recommended for babies by the CDC and an analysis of hep B  vaccine adverse events reported to the FDA) see my Congressional Testimony.

The Merck VARIVAX hepatitis B vaccine package insert adverse reactions section contains fatigue along with multiple sclerosis, seizure, encephalitis, lupus and arthritis.

If someone insists you or your child must get the hepatitis B vaccine, you have the right to refuse. You might suggest that they stick it up their own rear end.


Incidence Equal To or Greater Than 1% of Injections:

The most frequent systemic complaints include fatigue/weakness

Incidence Less Than 1% of Injections

Nervous System
Guillain-Barré Syndrome; multiple sclerosis; exacerbation of multiple sclerosis; myelitis including transverse myelitis; seizure; febrile seizure; peripheral neuropathy including Bell’s Palsy; radiculopathy; herpes zoster; migraine; muscle weakness; hypesthesia; encephalitis

Musculoskeletal System

Immune System
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE); lupus-like syndrome



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50 Responses to Hepatitis B vaccine caused chronic fatigue syndrome – US Court

  1. James says:

    I got vaccinated for this in jail but didn’t take a single jab. It was 4 weekly injections that are supposed to last for 5 years. God only knows what they put in them though after you look at the amounting circumstantial evidence of how the AIDS virus spread through New York in the 80’s.
    My bro. works in a hospital so got a flu jab which he says is never happening again, so unless you’re likely to need a vaccine there’s no point, the risks just won’t outweigh the benefits………

  2. Nancy Gipson says:

    I worked in the mental health system and I had the 3 shots and also a booster about 4 years ago. I have fibromyalgia and the chronic fatique part of the illness has me unable to work a job. I am reposting this on one of my groups.

  3. Tina Grimsmo says:

    I had to have this vaccine (because of work). The third one didn’t make me immune, so they gave me a fourth one (booster). This is almost a year ago. After 3 days I was completely unable to work and have since been (M.E.) Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

  4. Heather McConnell says:

    Same happened to me, after traumatic upheaval in my life; went to doc who asked about last tetanus shot (which had been quite awhile). When I got the shot, I got a reaction within a couple of days – not able to stay awake and in pain (only “good” for about three hours each morning) – later diagnosed as CFIDS/ME. I didn’t put it together for some time – but was suspicious. Now that I see what happened to you, I realize these vaccines are toxic experiments and bioweapons.

  5. William Fuzi says:

    The first large group they used for their human safety trials was Gulf War veterans. Have you ever heard of Gulf War illness? Their biggest problem was they ordered it to be administered to all new born babies with in the year after the Gulf War. They had no clue of the length of onset of symptoms. Gulf War veterans were showing symptoms 6 months and up to a couple years after injection with the Hep B vaccine. It is what is causing the major uptick in Autism cases in children.

  6. Jean MacCallum says:

    I had to receive the three shot Hep B shots for work in 2004… I’ve developed fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis since 2011. Would we as individuals be able to file a case like this based in this ruling or is there a class action suit we could join… I mean how would I proceed if I felt I had the same situation? Thx for any input!

    • The Refusers says:

      ‘You must file your claim within 3 years after the first symptom of the vaccine injury’

      How to File a Claim http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/fileclaim.html

    • neil critchlow says:

      Hi , was made to have hep b vacination in 2001 for my work in hospital , blackmailed into having it to achieve contract for job, immediately after having it , ill as can be, severe pain down left arm , then left leg , carried the pain and the arm for over a year , became bradycardic, no one listened, lots of acute symptoms , the best one was two asystolic cardiac arrests in 2002, walked into resus knowing it was going to happen, this act saved my life…well what is left of it , i am a mess with a pacemaker , mixed neuro cardiogenic issues , peripheral nerve damage and looks like nerve damage from the start caused it all , nerve pain in left arm is unbearable and still they dont recognise as me having anything wrong or any connection with the hep b, its a joke!!

  7. Patricia Anne Monguia says:

    I received 3 hepatitis B vaccinations around 1991 or so when I was working at a hospital as a medical transcriptionist. I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome in 1993 and still have it to this day. It was done on the basis of a high EBV titus titer, but I still wonder if those shots could have caused it. Is there any current lawsuit going on regarding this or could one be brought to the manufacturer?

  8. Val says:

    I was a midwife in the UK and was made to have hep b vaccination to carry on working. I developed M.E. and have been unable to work since. I wonder if any others of us could claim?

    • Patricia Anne Monguia says:

      I also developed CFS after I received 3 hepatitis B shots while working at a hospital in the 1980s. Is there any way to file a claim now?

      • The Refusers says:

        Three year statute of limitations on the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Sorry.

        They turn most victims down anyway and make your life miserable for years while you wait for them to say no.

        Hope your health improves.

  9. Eleanor says:

    I got the 3 shots of Hep B in 2001, within a week after 3rd shot I developed Optic Neuritis; I was diagnosed with MS about 2 months later. Not getting reasonable answers from my Neurologist, I searched on the Internet back then and saw similar complaints of others. I told my then Neurologist that I had recently completed the three recommended shots of the vaccine, that stumped her in her path as she was walking away from me, her reaction confirmed my suspicions that I had an adverse reaction to the Hep B vaccine. I filed an adverse reaction complaint with the CDC and discovered that Neurologists were unwilling to go on record to link the vaccine with MS, therefore my lawyer said my claim would be hard to prove. Now after taking Copaxone for a while, I have developed an adverse reaction to that.

  10. Bl Br says:

    In 1989 at a corporate restaurant Appx 60 employees were forced to get this vaccine or be fired. I became deathly I’ll and bed-ridden shortly thereafter for almost a month. I had no insurance but went to a clinic the doctor said it was the flu. I went without pay for a month was threatened to be fired if I did not return to work because I had been ‘sick too long’.

  11. Tiffany says:

    I received the 3 Hep B vaccines in 2001 when I was 13 years old. Upon receiving the third and final vaccine, the arm that received the vaccine was sore, really sore. Not just at the injection site but the entire muscle went into spasms with sharp nerve pains. Over the next several months, the pain and spasms did not improve so I saw my family Dr who said that it should resolve itself within 2 years. I am now 26 years old and still have minimal use of my arm. Even walking and having my arm hang beside me hurts so bad that I have to cradle my arm. Since then I have also been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. It took 8 years to get a diagnosis. I’ve only just started connecting the dots because I was raised pro-vaccine so the thought never even crossed my mind at the time. I’ve chosen not to vaccinate my children from my own personal, every day hell. How convenient that they only allow up to 3 years to open a case against vaccines when a lot of these chronic conditions take longer than that to diagnose!

  12. Louise says:

    I’m writing a report for a patient on a possible link between vaccine and chronic fatigue syndrome. Do you know on what facts they established a causal link between the hepatitis B vaccine and the onset of chronic fatigue ? Thank you very much in advance for your attention.

    • rachael says:

      Hi. Do you have any further information on the hep b vaccine and CFS. I had the vaccine over a month ago. Collapsed a week after vaccine and had severe fatigue since. Been off work over a month now and still have zero energy.

  13. roberta says:

    Ok, since the cause is known, is there anything that can be done to improve the symptoms ?

  14. Gina says:

    I had my last booster of the Hepatitis B vaccine on June 2, 2014. A day or so later I started feeling weak and exhausted and it has progressed and never gotten better. I am a survivor of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma for almost two years and had a lot of strength come back before I had this shot. Prior to the vaccine I had bronchitis and was totally feeling good when she checked me out. Then the vaccine!! I have talked to numerous specialists, including the doctor that gave me the vaccine, and none of them agree this is why I have such overwhelming fatigue. I am not against children getting their vaccinations ever but I don’t know if I really needed this or if something can be done, or is it too late?

  15. Gina says:

    I have to add I have had all the tests done from echocardiogram, blood tests, etc. None came back abnormal. All doctors looked at me like that just couldn’t be true about the vaccine. I know the timing was a day or so after.

    • Tina Grimsmo says:

      I got ME 3 days after the vaccine. Glaxo Smith Kline says another cause is more plausible since reactions to the vaccine is likely to occure 1-2 days after the vaccine. But they don’t outrule the connection. So I would guess you have a strong case. Look at the package insert. You will find your symptoms there. Plus a lot of reasearch shows many different autoimmune reactions after hepatitis B vaccine, more than most vaccines, actually.

      • rachael wilson says:

        I had this vaccine 1 month ago. A week after the booster i collapsed cause unknown, i am still off work with very severe fatigue. Bloods are all ok and fit and healthy prior. Im sure there is a link to this vaccine.
        I would be grateful for anyone’s stories.

  16. Gina says:

    Thank you so much for your reply. I am sorry I didn’t get back here sooner. My endocrinologist seems to be the only doctor that believes the vaccine is a possibility here. He is not saying definitely but he has an open mind. He told me he has seen vaccines trigger autoimmune responses to vaccines.

    • rachael wilson says:

      I had this vaccine 1 month ago. A week after the booster i collapsed cause unknown, i am still off work with very severe fatigue. Bloods are all ok and fit and healthy prior. Im sure there is a link to this vaccine.
      I would be grateful for anyone’s stories.

  17. Livia says:

    Get a 24 hour urine lab done for toxic heavy metals. If you have toxic heavy metal poisioning get EDTA IV Chelation Therapy to get rid of the heavy metals. Get a nutritional Blood lab test done. If you are lacking nutrients take the nutrients you need until levels are good. Change your diet to a healthy diet. Stay off of prescription drugs and use natural treatments. Homeopathic medicine may help with symptoms. After I was Diagnosed with Chronic Fatique Immune Dysfunction Syndrome and Firbormyalgia my doctor did these tests. I had heavy metal toxicity and zero zinc, and zero glutathion in my body. My immune system was broken. I had to replace zinc with a vitamin and the glutathion with NAC and Inositol; daily. No more vaccinations, steroids period. Medications only when absolutely neccessary; if I was not allergic to them. I ended up with medication sensitivity, chemical sensativity, sound and light sensativity, short term memory loss, headaches, digenerative disc, heat sensativity, blurred vission and ringing in the ears non stop; along with extreme fatigue and muscle pain, I have about 20% of 100% engery. Every day is a new day. I never know how I will be. All because of a vaccination injury. It is difficult to find a doctor who can understand and treat this disorder. I was fortunate that my doctor’s wife had the same problem.

  18. Laurel says:

    There is possible help out there. I have a similar story to the ones told above. I googled Rebecca Carley. She’s a former medical doctor who had her license taken away when she started speaking out about the dangers of vaccines. She has reportedly helped many people recover from vaccine injury. I’m going to contact her to see if she can help me. And I’m sure there are other doctors out there, conventional as well as alternative who can help us recover from this. I think the key is to not give up. Keep looking for the solution. Google Rebecca Carley.

  19. Vicky says:

    OMG. I COULD NEVER FIGURE OUT WHY MY HEALTH HAS BEEN SO BAD. I WAS IN THE FIRST GROUP TO EVER TAKE THE VACCINE IN 1984. I TOOK THE 3 SHOT SERIES 4 DIFFERENT TIMES OVER S PERIOD OF YEARS. THEY FIRST GAVE IT IN THE ARM (A VACCINE ACQUIRED FROM GAY MEN THAT HAD HEP B) THESE SHOTS DID NOT RAISE THE TITER SO IT HAD TO BE REPEATED AND GIVEN INTO LARGER MUSCLE MASS SO IT WAS GIVEN IN THE HIP. I HAD THE SERIES A TOTAL OF 4 TIMES DUE TO LOW TITERS. THEY TRIED TO MAKE ME TAKE IT WHILE PREGNANT. I REFUSED AND NEVER TOOK IT AGAIN. In 1996 I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and began to develop problems with my spine. In 2003 I had a stroke and post stroke I developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome along with Lumbar Radiculopathy and Cervical stenosis. I spent 6 years disabled, unable to work, homeless and suffering. My life has been altered permanently. How can I do anything if I don’t know about the problems and the ruling!!!! We should have been notified if we took the shot.

  20. Sarah Ulrich says:

    Wow. If this is for real I’ll be seriously pissed. I am disabled at 32. I became a nurse in 2010 and had to get the vaccine for school and I had more then one because I wasn’t immune. I started to get ill in nursing school. Well 5 years after school, 9 years after shot I am completely disabled and unable to work anymore. I can’t afford to get a lawyer and it’s too late to fight it if it is a 3 yr clause. I am a big believer in vaccines, but there is that 1% and when it comes to meds I’m always that 1% … If anything can be done as a group I’m in.

  21. Sheila messman says:

    This is scary. I too developed fibromyalgia after having to have the hep B vaccination.

  22. Hidie Ihm says:

    I do not know if the Hep B vaccine caused my ME but i do know the boosters I was required to have for my job caused my to have a terrible flare up/relapse in late 2014 leading to the housebound, bedridden, unemployed state I am in today. Fighting for disability and unable to retain a lawyer so any suggestions/direction would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • The Refusers says:

      3 year stature of limitations on National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Hurry up and file. Get all your medical records and get a lawyer, they get paid by the program, not you. Good luck.

  23. Debbie Bradbury says:

    I too am a midwife in UK who reacted to the hep B vaccine with a rash in the 1980`s, and told not to have another hep B vaccine until I had consulted my GP. I had begun to suffer with painful joints and muscles but never connected it with the vaccine . Some years later I had a needle stick injury and as part of that my hep B immune levels were checked and were found to be low. I refused the jab but was “counselled” by consultant who informed me I was in a high risk job and needed to have it. I relented and had the vaccine. I have been suffering with joint and muscle pains ever since.

  24. nancy thompson says:

    I was diagnosed in 1993,with fibromyalgia,chronic fatigue syndrome

  25. Joy says:

    I thought these judgments were limited to $250,000 per victim. This is very interesting. I hope it is a change in the trend to deny almost all claims.

  26. Michael L Somervill says:

    I was forced to take 6 of these shots 3 and 3 a decade apart. I was stationed in Korea by the US Army twice. October 1993 to October 1994 and again April 2004 to April 2005. Both times I was forced to take 3 hepatitis B shots both times before being allowed to go serve in Korea. I now have Central Sensitivity Syndrome which includes both Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome plus another 10 syndromes and it has completely stolen my life and ruined my kids lives to! How do I sue these bastards?

  27. carolyn says:

    I had my first heb b august 2015. Came home that afternoon in horrible joint pain all over, drowsy, fever nd felt like bad flu. Extreme fatigue since. Had second dose this month , mid sept. I have felt lime flu and fatigue worsened since. This week my doctor found I had abnormal livr enzymes, tender and enlarbed liver and EBV anibodies levated above 600. She diagnosed as mono infection based off these results. I have had spasms in arm since injction and trembling of hand at times. I alread had diagnosis of fibromyalgia fo years. Could this vaccine have caused my worsened symptoms and elevated EBV? Very concerned.

  28. Adina says:

    I received vaccination and now have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. I have missed a lot of work because of Dr appointment and not feeling well or hurting. I am afraid of losing my job. I also have a lot of unpaid medical bills that are piling up.

  29. tina says:

    I also had the 3 shots first shot was 20 12 and my last one was Jan 2014. I didn’t want to get the last one because I got the flu like feeling from the first 2, then my doctor talked me into it saying it goes away, well it has wrecked my life. I have been to every doctor, no one can figure out why I have chronic fatigue. I can’t work it’s wrecked my childrens’ life. I am applying for social security disability. I can’t get out of bed some days. I lie here and cry. My doctor that gave me the shot won’t admit it is related to the shot. But I know it is I have felt like the flu and fatigue since the last one it has never got better. To tired to fight with doctors anymore.

    • Tina Grimsmo says:

      My heart goes out to you. I took the 3 combo shots (hep A+B) and experienced some weird symptoms after the last one but didn’t connect the dots. Had a hep B booster vaccine in august 2012 and immediately my life was ruined. 8 months in bed before I got a bit better. LDN has helped me a great deal, but am still unable to work.

    • tina says:

      Doses anybody know where ya start what kind of doctor can help you when your fatigue is so bad that you lay in bed everyday the hepatitis b vaccine has stolen my life and my family ,s also !!! It’s been 2 years since I got my shots ! Do I need a attorney to help me or any ideas please any info would be great thanks tina

  30. Kathryn Puckett says:

    May 7 2016
    I was astonished to see this article which confirms my suspicion after all these years.
    In June 1993 I received my first Hep B vaccine as required for Hospital Chaplaincy service. A few weeks later, July 16 1993, I became ill with “the flu that wouldn’t go away”. I got a second Hep B vaccine a few weeks later while still feeling ill. No fever,so OK. A year later I was declared disabled by my long time physician and had to quit my full time pastoral work. My doctors concurred on the CFS but not on cause. I was fortunate that they worked with me to support disability application and alleviate symptoms. After four years mostly off my feet, I’ve lived with periods of remission(maybe 50%) and relapse. I have only worked part time and still deal daily with trying to control the disease through medication and limited activity.. a pattern that has been stubbornly consistent. At age 79 I have recently moved away from my supportive health care providers and am beginning with trepidation relationship with new medical providers. I am hoping medial reporting has informed my new doctors of this very real disease. Maybe that’s the first step – ask”are you familiar with ME/CFS or just list it a health concern and watch the response. I have watched several people further exhaust themselves every day looking for a cure. I admit I have instead tried to keep going at a reduced level and use the good moments even though PEM will snatch days away.In my experience CFS doesn’t go away.

  31. Tammy Martino, DPM, RPh says:

    I am a pharmacist and podiatrist. In 1995 I was required to have the hepatitis b vaccine to continue school. Within 3 weeks of the initial shot I had vision trouble left eye; within 4 months of initial shot I had bilateral thigh numbness. It took a team of doctors just over 3 year to make the connection of the hepatitis b vaccine and multiple sclerosis. I now advocate for vaccine choice and have spoken publically about the dangers of the hepatitis b vaccine and other vaccines. I am a NY advocate with NVIC and a member of the VRM, Vaccine Resistance Movement on facebook. I write to legislators regularly to continue to keep our vaccine exemptions and inform them of the dangerous of these very dangerous products. “It is never acceptable to sacrifice a healthy neurological system for temporary, if any, immunity against a germ that one is not likely to encounter.” Tammy Martino DPM

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