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Why The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program Is Necessary

Generally, vaccines are intended to be an important preventative measure that protect against various serious illnesses. Administration typically begins in infancy, and lasts throughout a person's adult life. In most cases, side effects are minor, and the person moves forward with their life with the peace of mind that those illnesses will likely not affect them. But there are no true guarantees. Sometimes the effects of vaccines are long lasting, and occasionally they may even turn fatal. Because of this, the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, was introduced in 1986.

As of March 2017, some of the petitions filed to obtain compensation under the program have been for the following vaccines:

  • Tetanus toxoid
  • Whole cell pertussis bacteria (DTP and related)
  • Measles, mumps, rubella
  • Polio (both live and inactive viruses)
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Varicella (chicken pox)
  • FluĀ 
  • Meningitis
  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

Issues that are part of life changing health issues include asphyxia, seizures, chronic arthritis, nerve problems, fainting, SIRVA - shoulder injury related to vaccine administration, neurological problems, and more.

When the vaccine compensation program began in 1986, the focus was on injuries suffered by children getting many of their standard vaccinations. It has since been amended to include a wider range of vaccines and patients. Changes to the law were made through the 21st Century Cures Act in December 2016, which expanded the types of claims that could be filed, including vaccines that were included as part of routine care for pregnant women, and may have later affected the babies that were born to those mothers.

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