Identifying Vaccine Injury in Children


There are vaccines available that prevent children from being harmed by dangerous or deadly diseases. They are designed to decrease the chance of a child experiencing an infection by working with a child’s body and its natural defenses. Vaccines can help children develop an immunity to different diseases. It’s also possible for vaccine injury in children to occur.

Develop Immunity

Vaccines are able to help a child’s body develop an immunity to a disease by imitating an infection. This type of disease imitates a live virus in the child’s body. The child will then develop a response as it would if the infection was real. Their body fights the disease and is able to recognize the virus then successfully fight it in the future. In some cases, a child will experience minor symptoms after being given a vaccine including a mild fever. These symptoms are a normal part of the vaccination process.

Serious Problems

Many children who get vaccines do not experience any serious health issues after receiving them. However, there are some incidents when a child has had a severe allergic reaction after receiving a vaccine. This includes brain inflammation, mental, and physical regression. Some children have also experienced serious skin rashes, hives or skin swelling. Others have developed long-term complications like Guillain-Barre Syndrome, paralysis, loss of muscle control and more. Children have also passed away after receiving a vaccine.

Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)

This is a database maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It enables medical professionals as well as patients, parents, and others to provide information about any type of medical issues, illnesses that were experienced after an individual received a vaccine. The information collected makes it possible for disease specialists to identify specific trends as well as side effects of certain vaccines.

VAERS 2017 statistics

The database VAERS reported that over 3,400 incidents of babies experiencing a reaction to a vaccine. Most were less than three years. More than 540 of these reports were identified as serious. Out of these incidents, more than 64 involved the death of children. The majority of these deaths were boys who were less than a year old. Babies make up over 75 percent of all deaths recorded in the VAERS system. In the category of unknown age, there were 12 listed as infants and nine of them were male. Experts agree the true numbers could be higher than those recorded in the VAERS system.

National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP)

This is a compensation program that began in the 1980s. It is designed to provide financial compensation for anyone who has experienced an injury by a vaccine covered by the VICP. This is a no-fault alternative to using the traditional legal system for obtaining compensation. It enables vaccine companies, as well as health care providers to avoid complications associated with being the subject of a lawsuit. Prior to this program various lawsuits caused a shortage of some vaccines and decreased U.S. vaccination rates. There was concern preventable diseases may become resurgent. Any person of any age can file a petition with VICP. They must have been given a covered vaccine and believe they were injured as a result of it.

VICP Payouts

Starting in 1989, the taxpayer-funded VICP program has provided compensation of more than $3.7 billion dollars. It maintains $3 billion of funds in reserve. The program has estimated that taxpayers have been paying approximately $250 million dollars annually from it. In the past few years, numbers of VICP claims have doubled as has the amount of compensation being paid. It is believed this only covers a small number of injuries being regularly reported.

Many experts agree that pediatric medicine needs to focus more effort on protecting the vulnerable child when it comes to vaccinations. It may be necessary to perform more research to improve the process. Should a parent believe their child has been injured by a vaccine, they should contact an attorney. These legal professionals at the Law Offices of Sadaka Associates will know the best way to approach their situation to obtain the best possible result.


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The first step in helping yourself or a loved one after a serious vaccine related injury is to contact us for a free review of your case.

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