Vaccines Covered by The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
When searching for resources to help you when you have suffered a vaccine-related injury, it’s important to know whether the vaccines covered on the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s list of vaccines.
Most vaccines that are routinely administered to children in the U.S. are covered by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP).
Covered vaccines include only those that are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to be routinely given to children and are subject to an excise tax.
To be considered a covered vaccine, there must be known severe vaccine reactions, injuries, symptoms or conditions associated with the vaccine. A complete list of covered vaccines with their associated known symptoms is available online.
Covered vaccines include:
- Diphtheria (DTP, DTaP, Tdap, DT, Td, TT)
- Haemophilus influenza type b polysaccharide conjugate vaccines (Hib)
- Hepatitis A (HAV)
- Hepatitis B (HBV)
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Seasonal influenza (Flu)
- Measles (MMR)
- Mumps (MMR, MR, M)
- Meningococcal (MCV4, MPSV4)
- Pertussis (DTP, DTaP, Tdap)
- Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV)
- Polio (OPV or IPV)
- Rotavirus (RV)
- Rubella (MMR, MR, R)
- Tetanus (Td)
- Varicella (VAR)
If you believe you suffered an adverse reaction or injury as a result of a vaccine, call the attorneys at Pittman, Dutton & Hellums. Our firm has years of experience pursuing vaccine injury claims and is available to talk over the details of your case. Calls are free and confidential, with no obligation to you.
What is the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program?
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program is the result of a 1986 law passed by Congress. Known as the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986,this law gave victims of vaccine-related injuries the right to bring a claim within the Federal Court system for their vaccine-related injury. The system was designed to be non-adversarial, allowing for a timely and cost efficient method to resolve an injured victim’s claim.
Funded by the government-mandated excise tax on covered vaccines, the NVICP was created to help victims of vaccine injury find legal recourse and obtain financial compensation.
In fact, since it was founded, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has processed 13,747 claims for cases of vaccine injury. Of those claims, 3,887 have resulted in compensation awards. In any given year, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program pays out an average of 155 claims to those who qualify for compensation.
As of 2016, the U.S. Court of Claims had awarded an estimated $3.3 billion dollars to vaccine victims for various forms of vaccine-related injury. Over 80% of the total compensation awarded by the NVICP came as a result of a settlement negotiated between the parties.
- Two out of three applicants to the NVICP have been denied compensation.
- There is currently more than $3 billion available in a federal trust fund to compensate people hurt by vaccines.
- For every 1 million doses of covered vaccine distributed in the U.S., 1 individual was compensated by the NVICP.
- Since 1988, over 16,958 petitions have been filed with the VICP. 14,552 of those petitions underwent adjudication by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. 4,637 of those cases received compensation.
- The fund pays all legal fees for handling vaccine injury cases that are brought in good faith. This includes expert physician fees, filing fees, and other costs of litigation.
Many times, vaccine injury victims experience confusion about the legal process of filing a claim. The process is time consuming and demands a degree of personal attention most of us cannot devote with our free time. Many injured victims try to ‘go it alone’, before realizing they need the help and expertise of a seasoned vaccine injury lawyer. Pittman, Dutton & Hellums can help you understand your rights and your options. Call us today to discuss your case at no charge and with no obligation to you.
Learn More About Vaccine Injury Compensation
To determine whether you have a case that merits vaccine injury compensation, there are a lot of questions that must be answered. The most important one is whether the vaccine involved in your case is a covered vaccine. Only covered vaccines are eligible for compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
How can I find out whether the vaccine that caused my injury is a covered vaccine?
The easiest way to find out whether your case involves a covered vaccine is to consult the Vaccine Injury Table (Table). This is a list of qualified vaccines and the corresponding injuries, conditions and symptoms in which you do not need scientific evidence to relate your injury to the vaccine.
How much time do I have to file a petition regarding my vaccine injury?
Three years from the adverse reaction and two years in case of death.
My injury was caused by a vaccine not listed on the Vaccine Injury Table. What can I do?
It depends. If the vaccine that caused your injury is in the same vaccine category of an individual or group of vaccines, you may be able to still file a claim.
My case involves a covered vaccine, but my injury/condition is not listed on the Table.
If your vaccine-related injury and/or condition is not listed on the Table, you must prove that the vaccine caused the injury and/or condition. This is extremely difficult to prove, but not impossible.
Contact Our Vaccine Injury Attorneys
You can learn more by visiting the Health Resources and Services Administration FAQ section.
You can also seek the help of a vaccine injury lawyer to understand your rights and how your case may be eligible for financial compensation. The attorneys at Pittman, Dutton & Hellums are veterans of the vaccine injury claims process, with years of successful litigation behind them. If you’re looking for a reliable, experienced attorney to help you file a vaccine injury claim, call us today.
Our fees and expenses are paid by the Court, which is different than a contingency-based arrangement. Contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation—we are here to talk with you at any time about the details of your case and help you understand your rights.