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Vaccines are generally safe for most people. Because rare, life-altering adverse reactions to a vaccine are not always known before the vaccine is approved, health agencies continually monitor inoculations for safety issues.

Unfortunately, it is often too late for the victims of severe vaccine injuries. If you have been harmed by a vaccine, you deserve compensation to pay for your injury-related expenses, and your pain and suffering.

Monitoring Vaccine Safety

For the most part, the US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are responsible for monitoring vaccine safety. These agencies use vaccine injury reports from VAERS to ensure the continuing safety of a vaccine. The agencies are supposed to follow up on reports involving serious reactions that led to:

  • Death
  • Disability
  • Hospitalization
  • Life-threatening conditions

The events above are rare, but do affect certain individuals.

Vaccine Approval Process

Vaccines are tested by the drug companies that make them. These companies develop and study vaccines in laboratories and test them on animals. Next, the companies organize clinical trials involving thousands of people. These clinical trials are supposed to establish whether the vaccine is effective and what side effects it causes.

In these clinical trials, there may not be enough people included to detect rare vaccine injuries. For example, if a clinical trial includes 5,000 people, it may not detect a vaccine injury that occurs in 1 in 10,000 people. For this reason, severe vaccine injuries may not appear until the vaccine is being used in the general population.

These studies may not account for how your individual genetics influence your reaction to a vaccine. You may react differently to a vaccine than most other people.

If you suffered a vaccine injury, you may be entitled to compensation from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Because certain rare, severe reactions to vaccines can occur, the federal government provides compensation for these injuries.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a vaccine, please contact the Law Offices of Chicago-Kent to learn more about vaccine injury compensation. We are located in Chicago, Illinois and serve clients from across the United States. Call us at 312-906-5072, or contact us via email.

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