Number of petitions filed per year for damages caused by vaccines U.S. 1988-2020

This statistic presents the number of petitions that were filed per year with the United States National Injury Compensation Program (VICP) seeking compensation for injury or death caused by vaccines from 1988 to 2020. In 2019, there were 1,282 petitions filed seeking compensation for injury or death caused by vaccines in the United States.

Number of petitions filed per year seeking compensation for injury or death caused by vaccines in the U.S. from 1988 to 2020

Number of petitions filed
2020*289
20191,282
20181,238
20171,243
20161,120
2015803
2014633
2013504
2012401
2011386
2010448
2009397
2008417
2007410
2006325
2005735
20041,214
20032,592
2002958
2001215
2000164
1999411
1998120
1997104
199684
1995180
1994107
1993140
1992189
19912,718
19901,492
1989148
198824
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Source

Release date

January 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

1988 to 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."
Note: Just because a petition was filed does not mean that compensation was awarded. Over half of the filed petitions during this period were dismissed.

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