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Vaccine Injury Blog

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  • Writer's pictureGlen Sturtevant

What Are the Most Common Vaccine Injuries?

Thankfully vaccines are virtually painless and risk-free in the vast majority of cases. The medical field, however, does recognize that as with any medication or procedure, there are rare side effects and risks that can occur. That’s precisely why Congress created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program nearly 40 years ago.

The majority of injuries are Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration, or SIRVA. More than 1,000 of these injuries result in claims being filed each year with the Vaccine Program. While the injury may seem relatively minor, having spoken with hundreds of individuals with these injuries, they can be truly debilitating and life-changing.

The next most common injury in the Vaccine Program are Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) cases, in which the vaccine at issue causes an autoimmune response in the body that can manifest itself as weakness and numbness in the arms and legs, difficulty with balance and walking, and other challenges.

You can learn more about the injuries and vaccines covered by the NVICP here:


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