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Vaccine Policy

According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), vaccines have helped to prevent millions of hospitalizations and hundreds of thousands of deaths in the United States. A sound vaccine policy encourages high rates of vaccination to achieve low incidences of vaccine preventable diseases. Clearly, vaccines can be a cornerstone of a meaningful public health strategy. Much effort is devoted to ensuring that vaccines are safe and well tolerated, however, there is no way to make them “perfectly” safe. As is the case with any medical intervention administered to a large number of people, some individuals will have an adverse reaction and be harmed. The injury does not necessarily emanate from a defect in the vaccine itself, but is most often the result of a rare and highly individualized convergence of genetic and environmental factors. Vaccine injuries can range from mild to devastating causing disability or death. The types of injuries can be musculoskeletal, neurological, inflammatory or autoimmune. Unfortunately, there is no way to determine in advance which individuals might be harmed. Accordingly, when these rare but destructive injuries occur, the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program exists to help compensate those who have been harmed due to their good faith compliance with our public health policy.

Reporting Vaccine Injuries in the U.S.

Once a vaccine is licensed and approved by the FDA, ongoing monitoring is handled through the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. This database contains reports of injuries, side effects, and illnesses that occur after receiving vaccines. If you have been injured by a vaccine, you should report the injury to the VAERS. VAERS reports can be made by individuals or healthcare providers. A report to VAERS does not necessarily mean the vaccine was the cause of an injury or illness, but that the injury or illness occurred in association with a vaccination. This is an important tool to monitor unexpected events that may be related to vaccines.

What to Do if You're Injured

If you or someone in your family is injured by a vaccine, you may be entitled to compensation. While a monetary award cannot take the place of your good health, it can help to relieve some of the financial stress that can accompany expensive medical care or loss of the ability to work. Money damages can also serve as some acknowledgment of your pain and suffering.

It is very important to be represented by an experienced vaccine attorney to ensure your case is compensated fully. Professor Kraus and his team will pursue compensation for you through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, the program created to compensate victims of vaccine injuries.

To learn more about possible compensation for vaccine injury, please contact the Vaccine Injury Law Project of Chicago Kent School of Law, in Chicago, Illinois. You can also call our office at 312-906-5072, or contact us via email. We serve clients in Chicago and throughout the nation.

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