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The Vaccine Injury Fund Has Paid Out Over $1.18 Billion since 1988
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Vaccine injuries do exist. The Hannah Polling Autism claim was found to be deserving of a settlement by the Federal Vaccine Court: If you believe that the Vaccine Injury Compensation Fund exists, that you should also believe that vaccine injuries exist.

Autism Settlement Precedent Blames Vaccines Mar 6, 2008 ... The case of Hannah Poling was determined to be deserving of a settlement by the federal vaccine court. The U.S. Department of Health and ...

In leaked documents from the settlement of an autism claim, federal health officials have concede for the first time that a 9-year-old Georgia girl was damaged by childhood vaccines.

The case of Hannah Poling was determined to be deserving of a settlement by the federal vaccine court.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services conceded the case in this November 9, 2007 document that journalist David Kirby posted on the Huffington Post.

The DOJ has a fund to compensate those deemed to have suffered a vaccine injury

About the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

The VICP is a program designed to encourage childhood vaccination by providing a streamlined system for compensation in rare instances where an injury results from vaccination.

Over the past 12 years, the VICP has succeeded in providing a less adversarial, less expensive and less time-consuming system of recovery than the traditional tort system that governs medical malpractice, personal injury and product liability cases. More than 1,500 people have been paid in excess of $1.18 billion since the inception of the program in 1988.

Individuals who believe they have been injured by a covered vaccine can file a claim against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims seeking compensation from the Vaccine Trust Fund. The Department of Justice (DOJ), which represents HHS, consistently works to ensure that fair compensation is awarded in every case that meets the eligibility criteria. If found eligible, claimants can recover compensation for related medical and rehabilitative expenses, and in certain cases, may be awarded funds for pain and suffering and future lost earnings. Often, an award is more than $1 million. By protecting the Trust Fund against claims by those who have not suffered a vaccine-related injury, DOJ helps to preserve the Fund for future deserving claimants. Regardless of a claimants success under the Program, reasonable attorneys fees and costs are paid.

Vaccines covered under the program include those that protect against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), and polio. The program continues to evolve consistent with medical science, and recently, HHS expanded coverage to four new vaccines: hepatitis B, varicella (chicken pox), Hemophilus influenzae type b, and rotavirus; pneumococcal vaccine will soon be covered, too

From Find Law's website:

Overview of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP)

The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (P.L. 99-660) established the VICP. The VICP, which went into effect in October 1988, is a no-fault alternative to the tort system designed to compensate individuals injured by childhood vaccines, whether administered in the private or public sector. Vaccines currently covered under the Program include diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis DTP, DTaP, DT, TT or Td, measles, mumps, rubella (MMR or any components). and polio (OPV or IPV). Effective August 6, 1997, hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenza type b, and varicella vaccines have been added for coverage under the Program. Eight years' retroactive coverage from the effective date will be provided for vaccine-related adverse events associated with these three new vaccines.

The VICP is a critical component to the national immunization strategy. In its 9 years of existence, the VICP has met its policy goals of ensuring vaccine supply, stabilizing vaccine costs, and establishing an accessible forum for individuals injured by childhood vaccines.

Program Statistics

As of July 31, a total of 5,169 claims have been filed with the VICP. Of note, 84% of the backlog of Pre-1988 claims have been fully adjudicated, and all remaining Pre-1988 claims are in the adjudication process. 73% of all claims filed are for DTP, 14% for MMR or components, 10% for OPV/IPV, 1% for DT, TT or Td, and 2% for vaccines not covered under the VICP or unspecified vaccines. Awards have ranged from $120.00 to $7.5 million. The average injury award since the inception of the VICP for both Pre-1988 and Post-1988 claims is $690,037. Awards for death cases are capped at $250,000 plus attorneys' fees/costs.


Shouldn't we be doing everything we can to eliminate or reduce vaccine injuries? Don't we want a vaccine program that we can trust?

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