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August 17, 2015

HHS Establishes Pandemic Flu Countermeasure Injury Table

Pandemic flu countermeasures cause injury? Apparently they do and we have a compensation table to prove it.

The Countermeasure Injury Compensation Program(CICP)/Pandemic Influenza Countermeasure Injury Table has been published in the Code of Federal Register (CFR) and goes into effect on September 9, 2015. The CICP is established by the Department of Health and Human Services under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparation Act of 2005 (PREP Act).

The CICP defines liability protection and compensation from a covered injury, defined as death or serious injury, that is

  1. presumed to be a direct result of use or administration of a covered countermeasure (full text link
  2. an injury or or health implication that is a direct result of an included countermeasure. This includes causing serious aggravation of a preexisting condition. (full text link)
Components of the pandemic CICP include
Pandemic Intranasal Vaccine
Antiviral use in children less than 2 years of age
Overal Children and Infants
Gillain-Barre` Syndrome
National Vaccine Injury Program
West Nile Virus

The Injury Table lists the covered countermeasures, covered serious injury (illness), and time interval from countermeasure use to symptom onset. 

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