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.
Types of injuries associated with the flu vaccine in children
The CDC recently conducted a study that shows that the flu vaccine can significantly reduce the risk of death from influenza in children. In very rare cases, however, the flu vaccine can also lead to adverse side effects and cause serious injury to children who receive it.
Some serious side effects include:
- Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) - This is a neurological condition that can result in paralysis.
- Febrile seizures - These seizures can occur in young children when they receive the vaccine. While temporary, they can be a frightening experience for you and your child.
- Shoulder injury - If your child complains of lasting arm pain after a flu shot, it may be related to the vaccine. This is a fairly common injury for people of all ages who receive a vaccine. However, if it lasts for weeks or months, it could be a sign of a more serious issue.
- Allergic reaction - An allergic reaction to a vaccine can lead to hives and trouble breathing immediately after the child receives the vaccine.
The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over the age of six months. If your child receives the flu vaccine, it is important that you know the signs of a serious side effect so you can quickly take action.