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The Vaccine Injury Table

Covered and Non-Covered Vaccines

In order to bring a claim in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, the injured party must have received one of the types of vaccines listed in the table below. The table covers almost every compensable vaccination. Certain less common or less available types of vaccinations are not included.

For instance, the anthrax vaccination is not included in the Vaccine Injury Table largely because it is unavailable to the general public. It is only administered to certain members of the armed forces or research workers.

Keep reading below the table for an explanation of the significance of the Vaccine Injury Table:

Vaccine

Illness, Disability, Injury or Condition Covered

Time period for first symptom or manifestation of onset or of significant aggravation after vaccine administration

I. Vaccines containing tetanus toxoid (e.g., DTaP, DTP, DT, Td, TT) A.  Anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock. 1 4 hours
B.  Brachial neuritis. 6 2-28 days
C.  Any acute complication or sequela (including death) of an illness, disability, injury, or condition referred to above which illness, disability, injury, or condition arose within the time period prescribed. 4 Not applicable
II. Vaccines containing whole cell pertussis bacteria, extracted or partial cell pertussis bacteria, or specific pertussis antigen(s) (e.g., DTP, DTaP, P, DTP-Hib) A. Anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock. 1 4 hours
B. Encephalopathy (or encephalitis). 2 72 hours
C. Any acute complication or sequela (including death) of an illness, disability, injury, or condition referred to above which illness, disability, injury, or condition arose within the time period prescribed. 4 Not applicable
III. Measles, mumps and rubella vaccine or any of its components (e.g., MMR, MR, M, R) A. Anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock. 1 4 hours
B. Encephalopathy (or encephalitis). 2 5-15 days (not less than 5 days and not more than 15 days)
C. Any acute complication or sequela (including death) of an illness, disability, injury, or condition referred to above which illness, disability, injury, or condition arose within the time period prescribed. 4 Not applicable
IV. Vaccines containing rubella virus (e.g., MMR, MR, R) A. Chronic arthritis. 5 7-42 days
B. Any acute complication or sequela (including death) of an illness, disability, injury, or condition referred to above which illness, disability, injury, or condition arose within the time period prescribed. 4 Not applicable
V. Vaccines containing measles virus (e.g., MMR, MR, M) A. Thrombocytopenic purpura 7 7-30 days
B. Vaccine-Strain Measles Viral Infection in an immunodeficient recipient. 8 6 months
C. Any acute complication or sequela (including death) of an illness, disability, injury, or condition referred to above which illness, disability, injury, or condition arose within the time period prescribed. 4 Not applicable
VI. Vaccines containing polio live virus (OPV) A. Paralytic polio
In a non-immunodeficient recipient 30 days
In an immunodeficient recipient 6 months
In a vaccine associated community case Not applicable
B. Vaccine-strain polio viral infection. 9
In a non-immunodeficient recipient 30 days
In an immunodeficient recipient 6 months
In a vaccine associated community case Not applicable
C. Any acute complication or sequela (including death) of an illness, disability, injury, or condition referred to above which illness, disability, injury, or condition arose within the time period prescribed4 Not applicable
VII. Vaccines containing polio inactivated (e.g., IPV) A  Anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock. 1 4 hours
B. Any acute complication or sequela (including death) of an illness, disability, injury, or condition referred to above which illness, disability, injury, or condition arose within the time period prescribed. 4 Not applicable
VIII. Hepatitis B vaccines A. Anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock. 1 4 hours
B. Any acute complication or sequela (including death) of an illness, disability, injury, or condition referred to above which illness, disability, injury, or condition arose within the time period prescribed. 4 Not applicable
IX. Hemophilus influenzae (type b polysaccharide conjugate vaccines) A. No condition specified Not applicable
X. Varicella vaccine A. No condition specified Not applicable
XI. Rotavirus vaccine A. No condition specified Not applicable
XII. Pneumococcal conjugate vaccines A.  No condition specified Not applicable
XIII. Hepatitis A vaccines A.  No condition specified Not applicable
XIV. Trivalent influenza vaccines A.  No condition specified Not applicable
XV. Meningococcal vaccines A.  No condition specified Not applicable
XVI. Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines A.  No condition specified Not applicable
XVII. Any new vaccine recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for routine administration to children, after publication by Secretary, HHS of a notice of coverage b,c,d

“Table Injuries”

As you can see from a glance at the Vaccine Injury Table, there are two other columns to the right of the “Vaccine” column. The middle column is the “Illness, Disability, Injury or Condition” column and the far right column is the “Time Period” column.

The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program includes a provision that can be very beneficial to injured parties. The provision states the court will presume that the vaccination caused the injury/condition, if the injured party:

  1. received a vaccine listed in the “Vaccine” column, and
  2. developed an illness, disability, injury, or condition listed in the middle column,
  3. within the time period listed in the far right column.

Presumption is a legal term that essentially means that if the injured party proves these three things, she does not need to prove anything else. The burden is on the defendant, the Department of Health and Human Services, to disprove the claim. It is extraordinarily difficult for HHS to do this. Therefore, table injury claims are generally resolved through settlement fairly quickly.

Non-Table Injuries

That being said, it is not necessary to have a “Table Injury.” In fact, most vaccine injuries are not table injuries. If you receive one of the listed vaccines and suffer any injury, regardless of time period, you still may be entitled to compensation.

For instance, Guillain-Barre Syndrome and shoulder injuries are not listed in the table. Yet people who suffer from Guillain-Barre Syndrome or shoulder injuries following a flu shot are regularly compensated by the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

When the injury is not a table injury, it simply means we must prove the injury was caused by the vaccination. For experienced vaccine injury lawyers like us, this is a regular occurrence. Click here for more information about how we prove your vaccine injury case.