Vaccine safety is important. Each year, U.S. health care providers administer hundreds of millions of vaccinations, and each one of these vaccinations has the potential to cause an injury if it is not administered appropriately. While the number of vaccine injuries is relatively low when compared to the number of vaccinations administered each year, recent data show that half of all vaccine injury claims result from errors during vaccine administration.
CDC Seeks to Promote Vaccine Safety with New Webinar Series and E-Learning Course
To help combat this issue, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published two free resources that are intended for health care providers that administer vaccines. These resources are valuable for parents and other adults as well, as knowing how to spot common vaccine administration errors can help prevent them. The CDC’s new free resources are:
1. A “Pink Book” Webinar Series
As explained by the CDC, “This online series of 15 webinars provides an overview of the principles of vaccination, general recommendations, immunization strategies for providers, and specific information about vaccine-preventable diseases and the vaccines that prevent them.” Each webinar in the series examines a chapter of Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, also known widely as “The Pink Book,” which establishes standards for vaccine safety and vaccination best practices.
While the webinars were presented in 2019, the CDC recently put the materials from each of the webinars online (you can use the link above to access them). The Pink Book and the recent 13th Edition Supplement are available through the CDC’s website as well.
2. E-Learning Module – Immunization: You Call the Shots
The other free resource is an e-learning module called Immunization: You Call the Shots. As described by the CDC, the objectives of the module include:
- Defining the steps for proper vaccine administration
- Recognizing the recommended routes and sites for vaccine administration
- Identifying recommended vaccine administration best practices
- Describing best practices to prevent vaccine administration errors
- Locating resources on current immunization administration practice
Originally published in 2017, the CDC renewed the module last year, and it is currently available through March 2021.
What Should You Do if You Experience Symptoms of a Vaccination Error?
Even with these publicly available resources, vaccine administration errors are still going to happen. For individuals who experience symptoms of vaccination errors following their immunizations, it is important to seek medical attention right away.
Shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration (SIRVA) – the most-common type of injury resulting from vaccination errors – require prompt treatment, and individuals who seek medical attention as soon as possible can reduce their risk of suffering long-term complications. Following your diagnosis, you should speak with a vaccine injury lawyer as well, as you may be entitled to financial compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).
Discuss Filing a VICP Claim with Vaccine Injury Lawyer Leah V. Durant
If you have questions about the risks of vaccine administration errors or would like more information about your legal rights under the VICP, we encourage you to get in touch. To request a free consultation with national vaccine injury lawyer Leah V. Durant, please call 202-800-1711 or inquire online today.
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