Q What is the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act?
The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act was passed in 1986 and makes reporting mandatory for health care providers who witness adverse health effects after vaccinations are administered - regardless if there is proof of the effects being attributed to the injections. It also sets forth that before vaccines are administered, parents and legal guardians must be provided a list of the possible consequences associated with vaccines containing:
- Diphtheria pertussis
- Measles, mumps, rubella
- Hepatitis B
- Haemophilus influenzae type b
For those who may have a vaccine injury case, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was created to compensate persons who were injured by vaccines on a "no fault" basis. According to the Centers for Disease Control, persons who are injured on a "no fault" basis as a result of vaccinations are "not required to prove negligence on the part of either the health care provider or the manufacturer to receive compensation." A Vaccine Injury Table is used to determine compensation. Individuals who are seeking compensation from their health care provider or the vaccine manufacturer should consult with an injury attorney in North Carolina and have their vaccine injury case evaluated. Learn how important the statute of limitations is in a vaccine injury case.