Covered Vaccines

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) covers most vaccines routinely given in the U.S.

For a vaccine to be covered, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) must recommend the category of vaccine for routine administration to children or pregnant women, and it must be subject to an excise tax by federal law.

Vaccine Injury Table

The Vaccine Injury Table (PDF - 339 KB) lists injuries and/or conditions associated with some covered vaccines.

If the first symptom of these injuries and/or conditions occurs within the specified time periods and the injury meets the definition included in the Table, it is presumed that the vaccine caused the injury or condition unless another cause is proven. This applies even if a covered vaccine is administered "off-label" or contrary to CDC or Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices recommendations.

If your injury and/or condition is not on the Table, or if your injury and/or condition does not meet the Table requirements, you must prove through evidence such as expert witness testimony, medical records, or medical opinion that the vaccine caused the injury and/or condition.

Vaccine Information Statements & covered vaccines

Prior to vaccination, individuals (or their parents and/or legal representatives) receive Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) prior to getting the vaccine. The VIS contains information about the disease(s) prevented by the vaccine.

Covered vaccines and Vaccine Information Statements (VIS):

Note: Herpes zoster (shingles) vaccine is not a VICP-covered vaccine.

Frequently asked questions

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