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How Are Vaccine Injuries Reported?

Each year tens of millions of vaccines are administered in the United States, and with the vast majority of immunizations, there are no complications. However, adverse reactions to vaccines do occur.

In fact, there is a federal program called the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System -- or VAERS -- which collects information that, in some cases, has been used to remove unsafe vaccines from the market.

VAERS receives about 30,000 reports each year, with about 13 percent of reports being classified as serious.

A serious VAERS report is one that involves hospitalization, disability, a life-threatening illness or death, although most reports relate to mild adverse events such as episodes of crying, mild irritability, fever and local reactions.

Health care professionals and vaccine manufacturers are required by law to report specific adverse events.

If you or your child has experienced an adverse reaction following a vaccine, then you can also report the reaction. First, though, contact your health care provider. Then report the reaction to VAERS and send along any follow-up information.

Victims of vaccine injury may also be entitled to compensation through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, commonly called the VICP.

As we've discussed previously, the VICP is a no-fault system for compensating vaccine injury victims. The program was designed to be non-adversarial, but in the interest of efficiency and to receive the maximum in available compensation, victims often need legal representation.

Based in Mandeville, Louisiana, the attorneys of Schexnaydre Law Firm handle vaccine injury claims throughout the country. These claims are handled in federal court, and one function of the VICP is to cover victims' legal costs.

To learn more about compensation for vaccine injuries, including SIRVA, please see Schexnaydre Law Firm's vaccine injury overview. 

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