After experiencing a shoulder injury from a vaccine, individuals can be left with feelings of confusion, frustration, and helplessness. Many individuals decide to take no legal recourse because they do not want to sue their pharmacist or family doctor that administered the vaccine. Others do not want to go through a legal process altogether for fear of the court system. Others simply do not know where to turn after experiencing a shoulder injury related to a vaccine.
Recent articles and reports about the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program have given anti-vax supports a new thread to pull on. Their belief is that, if vaccines do not cause harm, then why is there a governmental program designed to compensate vaccine injuries? In addition, if vaccine injuries are rare, how has the government paid out over $4 billion to vaccine injured victims?
On June 18, 2019, Pam Belluck and Reed Abelson from the New York Times published an article addressing the question of whether the existence of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program signaled that vaccines are unsafe. The authors begin their article by noting that over 6,600 claims have been compensated in the Vaccine Program since its inception, and the correlating payouts have totaled over $4 billion.
From 2013 to 2017, the vaccine program has paid out an average of $229 million a year to injured victims and their families, with the average payment approximating $430,000. As America enters the worst measles outbreak since the disease was declared eradicated two decades ago, it is worth examining this rarely talked about element of vaccination requirements. The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has long percolated at the heart of misinformation and misunderstanding. It also raises questions about where large sums of tax money are flowing.
Vaccines are a critical part of our society and are extremely necessary in preventing diseases that were eliminated decades ago. They are also helpful in curbing outbreaks. Measles, polio, and chicken pox are just some of the diseases that have largely been eliminated due to vaccines. Influenza on the other hand is common place in our culture, but the flu shot helps minimize the impact and limits any nationwide outbreaks.