The flu vaccine is the most dangerous shot given in the U.S., based on an analysis of settled cases for injuries, Health Impact News reports.
According to the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services paid compensation to settle about half of 139 claims by individuals allegedly injured or killed by vaccines between August 16 and November 15 last year. The greatest percentage of damages compensated were for the influenza vaccine, and most of those were for Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS).
Of the 70 cases where patients or family members were compensated, 42 were for the flu vaccine. The other 40 percent of cases settled included the following vaccines: Hep B, Tetanus, HPV, DTaP, MMR, IPV, PCV, Hib, Meningococcal, Varicella, and TD.
Between May 16 and August 15 of last year, 77 cases settled for compensation resulting in injury or death due to vaccines, and 50 of those were for the flu vaccine.
Attorney Howard Gold of Gold Law Firm, who settled a case for GBS due to a flu vaccine in 2011, told Health Impact News that under federal rules, people have up to three years to file a suit after an injury or illness they believe was caused by the vaccine, and two years from the date of death.
“The program is not used as much as it could be because the American public is just not aware of it,” he said. “I receive at least five calls a month from individuals who cannot obtain compensation because the deadline has passed. They just found out about it too late. We all need to do a better job in getting the word out to the public that the Program exists.”