The excise tax imposed on a dose of Trivalent Influenza (flu) vaccine is $0.75 because it prevents only one disease, the flu. While a dose of Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine (MMR) requires the manufacturer to pay $2.25 because it prevents three diseases.
The money is paid by the manufacturer of the vaccines into the Vaccine Injury Program created by the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986. The Program is designed as a no-fault system established to provide compensation for the victims of vaccine-related injuries whether young or old. Although reports vary, it is estimated that the fund has over $2 billion of which the source of that money is paid for by the manufacturers that design and produce the vaccines.
Although originally designed to allow families and victims affected by adverse reactions to vaccines easy access to compensation, the process is anything other than easy and requires the assistance of an experienced attorney as well as one that is licensed to practice law in the US Court of Claims. The number of attorneys qualified to assist you are few in number. Since this is in federal court, an attorney from any state, as long as he or she is licensed to practice in the US Court of Claims, can represent you regardless of where you live. In addition, the funds made available from the vaccine manufacturers also go to pay the attorney’s fees so that there is no cost to you in filing a claim even if you do not prevail.
Should you or your family have any questions about a vaccine injury claim, please feel free to comment on this blog.