Vaccine Injuries Archives

When The Flu Shot Does More Harm Than Good

Flu season is on the way, and soon many people will be lining up to get their yearly flu shots. While flu shots can prevent this common illness-- which can be particularly devastating for older people and those with compromised immune system -- it's worth remembering that flu shots are not without their risks.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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