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.