In the United States, flu season runs from October through May, and October is usually the most popular month for flu vaccines. In fact, a recent survey showed that about two-thirds of adults get an annual flu shot or plan to do so in 2017.
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.
More than 250 million vaccines are administered each year in the U.S. to guard against potentially deadly diseases. However, a very small fraction of cases result in vaccine-related injuries -- usually not because of the vaccine itself, but because of how the shot is administered.
Vaccines are an integral part of public health. However, each year people throughout the United States suffer vaccine-related injuries.
Winter is just around the corner; kids are well into the school year; and for families throughout Louisiana, that combination means it's cold and flu season.
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.
The human papillomavirus infects around 14 million people a year, including teens. This is frightening, as HPV puts people at a higher risk for developing certain types of cancers. To try to combat this, many parents decide to get their preteens and teens vaccinated against the virus. Some adults also get the catch-up vaccine before their respective cut-off age, which is in their 20s for men and women.
Most people wouldn't think twice about getting an annual flu shot. The vast majority of flu vaccinations are safe, with no negative side effects. In some cases, though, patients experience side effects such as fever, arm soreness, fatigue and allergic reactions.
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.