The administration of vaccines is extremely important to public health. In fact, each year in the U.S., 250 million vaccines are administered to protect individuals and the general public from potentially deadly diseases.
Whether or not to vaccinate has become a hot topic in recent years. But controversy over vaccines is nothing new. Decades ago, in 1986, Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, to limit the liability for vaccine injury cases. This act restricted the types of claims that could be brought against vaccine manufacturers, and the amount of time a victim of vaccine injury had to bring a claim.
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 1986 Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, which established the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
Compared with other medical procedures, vaccinations are fairly routine, which is why patients are surprised to learn that debilitating shoulder injuries can result from improperly administered vaccines.
Most people don't realize it, but more than 25 years ago a federal program was created to provide compensation to people who have been injured by vaccines.
By David Schexnaydre, Esq.