Over $4 Billion Paid for Vaccine Injuries and Deaths

Over $4 Billion Paid for Vaccine Injuries and Deaths

A Dec. 1, 2018 update by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) on the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) reported that the total amount of awards to children and adults who have been injured or died after receiving federally recommended childhood vaccines has surpassed $4 billion.1 2

The VICP was created by Congress under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 as a federal compensation system alternative to vaccine injury lawsuits filed in civil court.3

According to an article published in Fair Warning, almost no media attention has been given to payouts made to vaccine victims by the government, which are adjudicated in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (also known as “Vaccine Court”).1 Fair Warning points out that one of the reasons that the “Vaccine Court” works in relative obscurity is because public health officials maintain that “vaccines provide vast public health benefits” and are reluctant to talk about vaccine casualties for fear that publicity about vaccine injury compensation awards would dissuade the public from getting vaccinated.1

The HRSA report reveals that over the past 30 years (since 1989), the VICP has received 20,123 petitions claiming vaccine injury and death, out of which 18,000 claims have been resolved. Of those 17,576 cases, 6,313 cases (about two out of three claims) have received compensation awards via settlements or judgments.1 2 Nevertheless, HRSA does not acknowledge that vaccine injuries are rare and estimates that one person has been compensated for every million doses distributed in the United States.1 However, HRSA fails to acknowledge that there is no mechanism for measuring how many injuries and deaths after vaccination have occurred but have never been reported.

According to Christina Ciampolillo, president of the Vaccine Injured Petitioners Bar Association (lawyers that file cases in to the VICP), “The vast majority of people that are coming to my office because they suffered an injury are people who did not even know these types of injuries were a possibility.”1

The issue at hand is that the number of petitions to the VICP has dramatically increased over the last few years. Approximately $1 billion (a quarter of the total amount of payout since 1989) has been given out to vaccine-injured victims in just the last four years.1

While some insist that the VICP has safeguarded the public health by protecting the vaccine supply and keeping vaccine injury lawsuits out of the courts, while protecting the public perception that vaccine are very safe, consumer advocates have a different view.1

Fair Warning quotes Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of The National Vaccine Information Center, who said, “We’re bitterly disappointed. In my view, this has been turned into stockholder’s dream and a consumer’s worst nightmare,”1 She noted that two thirds of petitioners to the VICP are turned away, which deviates from the original purpose of the VICP—to presume causation unless there is another biologically plausible explanation for the injury or death following vaccination.1

In 2014, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) was critical of the VICP, pointing out that most claims took multiple years—some more than a decade—to be resolved.4


References:

1 Wolfe E. Federal Vaccine Court Quietly Pays Out BillionsFair Warning Dec. 12, 2018.
2 Health Resources and Services Administration. Vaccine Injury Compensation DataHhsa.gov Dec. 2018.
3
 National Vaccine Information Center. National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986. NVIC.org.
4
 Government Accountability Office. Vaccine Injury Compensation: Most Claims Took Multiple Years and Many Were Settled Through Negotiation. GAO.gov Nov. 21, 2014.

8 Responses to "Over $4 Billion Paid for Vaccine Injuries and Deaths"

  1. GEORGE DEFRANCA   January 10, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Buh, buh,buh, but I thought that vaccines are safe? That they can’t possibly cause harm? Wh, wh,wh, what? Why would our government lie to us?

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  2. INGRID C DURDEN   January 10, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    The government and press are very happy to report thousands of deaths of the flu (which include almost anything respiratory infection, not just flu) but are very reluctant to tell, how many people get harmed by these vaccines. I would like to know how many of these flu deaths, had the shot. Would they publish that? I doubt it.

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  3. Theresa Terry Lytle   January 10, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    My multiple sclerosis started in 1983, immediately following the DTP vaccine in the military. And I mean within DAYS. Colon stopped permanently. Feet became numb. Documented in my military medical records within days of that vaccine. The military refused to do any testing and wrote it off as IBS and SHIN SPLINTS (for fire and numb tingling crawling up my legs after running – but no other time until a few years later – NOT shins!). I was 23 years old.

    I have my shot records and military records. It has only recently been supported that the DTP vaccine can cause multiple sclerosis. Can I still file a claim for my misery and disability from this vaccine?

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  4. Louise Gallagher   January 11, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    Our government and our news media wouldn’t know the truth if it got in bed with them. They have lied so much for so long it is second nature. They claim how much they love the children and yet shoot them so full of crap and abortion clinics on every other corner. Oh yes, they love the children alright. I figured out that they didn’t want healthy children as there is NO money in healthy children. SO keep them sick and keep the money coming.

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  5. Michael Hall   January 12, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    The media buried the death of the New York congressman who died less than 2 weeks after participating in a flu vaccine campaign and receiving the flu vaccine to promote the safety of the flu vaccine. https://www.collective-evolution.com/2018/11/27/after-getting-flu-shot-new-york-state-senator-gets-sick-for-two-weeks-then-dies/

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  6. Dr Michael Farnham   January 13, 2019 at 2:05 am

    In my research, this “4 Billion” represents less than 10% of the total possible claims,,, since most people don’t know the compensation program exists. Just as any nurse or doctor. Therefore this number is likely considerablely greater.

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  7. Dean DeWitt   January 13, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Healthcare is killiing us, literally way ahead of accidents. But the news, they cover accidents and fires and stuff. So we now have seatbelts, airbags, automatic braking, more police enforcement of more laws, regulations and insurance. The news, they don’t ever talk of someone dies from a doctor’s drug order, hospital infections, or a medical mistake. If they did, maybe healthcare would be different. We spend more than any nation, on healthcare, but our efforts put us way down the list, maybe around 50ish by some measures of health. The news doesn’t print stuff like that; but they get lots of drug revenue on advertising. Meanwhile, we put foxes in charge of the hen house. I’m old. At this point, I don’t see much hope.

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  8. Melinda Pillsbury-Foster   January 15, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    They are from the Government and they were there to lie to us, using our money to pay off the liabilities for what they did. They are NEVER, themselves, responsible.

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