The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has paid $3.5 Billion in Compensation since 1988
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) provides compensation for people injured by vaccines, including 88.21% of people suffering from flu shot injuries. In 1986 congress enacted the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (Vaccine Act) of 1986 that created the VICP. The Vaccine Act prevents people from filing lawsuits against vaccine makers with the intent of making sure vaccines are available. In return for barring lawsuits against vaccine makers the intent of the Act was to create a streamlined and fair process for compensating vaccine related injuries.
From 1988 until 2016, 3,123 flu shot injury claims were filed including 115 deaths. A total of 1,811 of those claims resulted in compensation and only 242 flu shot claims were dismissed resulting in 88.21% of injuries receiving compensation. The remaining 1,070 flu shot claims were not resolved by December 2016.
88.21% of Flu Shot injuries received compensation
Vaccine injuries are Compensated
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) only covers vaccines recommended for children, like seasonal flu vaccines and MMR. If someone is injured by a vaccine recommended only for adults, like shingles (Zostavax) or Pneumovax, then that person can bring a lawsuit against the vaccine maker in their state or federal court. Currently, 16 vaccines are covered by VICP.
The Department of Health and Human Resources is charged with administering the program and very detailed statistics are kept concerning injury claims for the 16 covered vaccines. How many doses are given, how many claims there are, and the number of claims compensated. About 80 percent of compensation from VICP is from settlements. Of the 16 vaccines covered by the VICP, injuries resulting from the flu shot are more likely to be compensated according to the data. See data here.
- 88.21% of flu shot injuries received compensation from 1988 through 2016. This includes compensation nerve damage injuries like GBS and shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration (SIRVA).
- 28% of the 17,658 claims filed with the VICP between 1988 and 2014 received $3.5 billion dollars in total compensation. This number includes some flu shot injuries, however it is important to note that CDC began recommending annual flu shots for everyone older than 6 months in early 2010. For the vaccines covered by VICP, the number of claims varies wildly from year to year. In VICP’s first year of existence, only 24 claims were filed. Since then, annual claims have been as low as 84 or as high as 2,592. Annual compensation isn’t strongly tied to these numbers, because it takes an average of 2 to 3 years to resolve a claim. The most claims were dismissed in 2011 and 2012 (3,809). The most claims compensated were in 2015 and 2016 (1,183).
- 80% of compensation from VICP is from settlement.
- If you are concerned about vaccine safety and want real scientific studies, then you report vaccine related injuries to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) both monitor the safety of all vaccines including flu shots through VAERS. The CDC and FDA use these reports to begin investigations, since the reports themselves can’t always establish links.
What do you think of these numbers?