The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) was created by the U.S. government to provide restitution for individuals who suffer rare but serious vaccine reactions.

The VICP is managed by three departments of the U.S. government: the Department of Health & Human Services, the Department of Justice, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

To be eligible for vaccine injury compensation, claimants must meet the following criteria:

• The vaccine and corresponding injury must be listed on the vaccine injury table, and that vaccine caused the injury or aggravated an existing illness.
• Vaccine injury claims must be filed within three years after the first symptom or onset.
• Vaccine death claims must be filed within two years of death and four years after onset of symptoms.

Individuals interested in filing a claim with the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program can file a claim directly with the federal vaccine court or with the assistance of a vaccine injury lawyer.

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