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Do You Need To Worry About Thimerosol?

Thimerosol is a preservative that is used in vaccines to prevent growth of harmful bacteria. While thimerosol has been in use in vaccines since the 1930s, some are concerned about the preservative because it contains mercury. For this reason, thimerosol is being used less often in newer vaccines, and has not been used in children’s vaccines since 2001.

Still, there is little reason to fear thimerosol, as the mercury it contains is of a different variety than the type that can accumulate in fish and cause harm in humans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the mercury contained in thimerosol does not remain in the body, and therefore is not likely to cause illness.

Microneedle Patches Could Be The Future Of Vaccines

Shoulder pain is one of the most common types of vaccine-related injuries. But a new vaccine delivery method could make those injuries a thing of the past. That’s because a new microneedle patch could, if widely adopted, eliminate the need for medical professionals to use needles when administering vaccines.

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How do vaccines cause shoulder injuries?

Shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration are the most common injury reported at the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). These injuries occur as a result of a combination of physical damage from the needle and inflammation response triggered by the vaccine itself.

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Lingering symptoms after a vaccine for travel

In order to travel, whether for a backpacking trip with friends or to study abroad, you need to get vaccinated. Even when visiting common vacation destinations such as Cancun or the Bahamas, the CDC recommends that you get routine vaccinations and additional vaccinations for common diseases in the area, such as typhoid or hepatitis.

Vaccinations can help you prevent serious illness and injury while you travel. In rare cases, however, a vaccine can itself lead to an injury. These injuries are not common but they can happen. 

Can a vaccine cause arthritis?

According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 54 million adults in the Us were diagnosed with arthritis in the US between 2013 and 2015. That is more than 22 percent of the population.

arthritis becomes greater as you age, and it is more common among women than men. While there are many causes of arthritis, there is one that is not often considered: vaccines.

Most common types of vaccine injuries that result in a claim

Millions of doses of vaccines are distributed each year. An injury or death after receiving a vaccine is rare, but it can happen. In fact, more than 1,100 petitions were filed with that National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) in 2016. Those petitions represent a fraction of the total number of people who have suffered an injury or lost a loved one as a result of a vaccine.

VICP is a government program that allows individuals to seek compensation for vaccine injuries. Since 1988, 18,151 petitions have been filed with VICP. This has resulted in more than $3.6 billion in compensation for individuals throughout the United States who have been injured.

The flu vaccine: one of the most common injury claims

3,460 claims for influenza vaccine injuries and deaths have been filed with the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) since 1988. This is more than any other type of vaccine listed in VICP. This shows that the flu vaccine is one of the most commonly reported vaccines to cause injury. It is also one of the most common vaccines, with more than one billion doses distributed from 2006 to 2015.

VICP provides compensation to individuals who suffered an injury as a result of a vaccine. For influenza vaccines, more than 2,000 of the filed claims have resulted in compensation for the victims since 1988.

Is your child showing symptoms after a vaccine?

As a parent, you worry about your child's health. That is what you do. But with some symptoms, you may not be sure when you need to see a doctor. You may also not know if your doctor's diagnosis is the right one.

How do you know if your child's symptoms were caused by a vaccine?

Many serious types of vaccine injuries are rare. Your doctor may not have even told you about the risk of these symptoms when you decided to vaccinate your child. However, while these serious injuries are rare, they do happen. As a result, it is important to follow up on symptoms you see after your child receives a vaccine.

Should the HPV vaccine be mandatory in New York?

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is given to teenage girls to prevent a number of diseases, including cervical cancer. According the CDC, from June 2006 to March 2016 nearly 90 million doses of the vaccine were administered across the US.

Over the years, several pieces of legislation have been proposed in New York to make the HPV mandatory for teenage girls. There is legislation that would make the HPV vaccine mandatory that is currently in committee in the New York State Senate.

But is it safe? What are the risks of receiving the HPV vaccine?

Robert Krakow To Present on Vaccine Injury Law At Autism One Conference

"Injured in the line of duty...": What is Vaccine Injury? How Often Does It Happen? Are the Vaccine-Injured Getting Justice?

The drafters of the 1986 Federal Vaccine Act referred to the vaccine-injured children that the law was intended to protect as "Injured in the Line of Duty."  The Vaccine Act was conceived to protect the vaccine manufacturers from liability so they would continue producing the vaccines necessary in the fight against infectious disease. It was understood that in public health's war against disease some children would inevitably suffer as collateral damage of the vaccines themselves. At the core of the Vaccine Act is the understanding that vaccines can and do cause injury. Our nation's vaccine policy incorporates this idea and affirms the truth that vaccines can harm. How this happens, and how often, is poorly understood.

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