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Number of petitions filed for injury or death caused by vaccines U.S. 1988-2020

This statistic presents the number of petitions that were filed with the United States National Injury Compensation Program (VICP) seeking compensation for injury or death caused by select vaccines in the period between October 1988 and January 2020. Over this time period there were 5,740 petitions filed seeking damages for injury and 177 seeking damages for death caused by the influenza vaccine.

Number of petitions filed seeking compensation for injury or death caused by select vaccines in the U.S. between 1988 and 2020*

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Release date

January 2020


United States

Survey time period

October 1, 1988 to January 1, 2020

Supplementary notes

* As of January 1, 2020.
"In the majority of cases, vaccines cause no side effects, however they can occur, as with any medication—but most are mild. Very rarely, people experience more serious side effects, like allergic reactions. In those instances, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) allows individuals to file a petition for compensation."
Just because a petition was filed does not guarantee compensation. Over half of petitions filed during this time were dismissed.
** Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis.

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