National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA)

National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA)

    On October 1, 1988, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (Public Law 99-660) created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). The VICP was established to ensure an adequate supply of vaccines, stabilize vaccine costs, and establish and maintain an accessible and efficient forum for individuals found to be injured by certain vaccines. The VICP is a no-fault alternative to the traditional tort system for resolving vaccine injury claims that provides compensation to people found to be injured by certain vaccines. The U. S. Court of Federal Claims decides who will be paid.

    Three Federal government offices have a role in the VICP:

       the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS);

       the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ); and

       the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (the Court).

    The VICP is located in the HHS, Health Resources and Services Administration, Healthcare Systems Bureau, Division of Vaccine Injury Compensation.


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Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund

    The Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund provides funding for the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program to compensate vaccine-related injury or death   claims for covered vaccines administered on or after October 1, 1988.
    Funded by a $0.75 excise tax on vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for routine administration to children. The excise tax is imposed on each dose (disease that is prevented) of a vaccine. Trivalent influenza vaccine for example, is taxed $0.75 because it prevents one disease;  measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, which prevents three diseases, is taxed $2.25.

    The Department of Treasury collects the excise taxes and manages the Fund's investments.  Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund Monthly Reports

New York State Immunization Information System (NYSIIS)

The New York State Immunization Information System (NYSIIS) is a confidential, computerized system that contains immunization records and allows authorized users access to a person's shot record. Franklin County Public Health strongly encourages participation in NYSIS because your healthcare provider can use NYSIIS to be sure that you receive the needed immunizations and proper medical treatment is received when needed; and the system creates a permanent and easily accessible record of your immunizations. Participation in NYSIIS is for people older than 19 is voluntary and confidential, so you consent is needed. If at any time after consenting you wish to withdraw from the system, you will need to sign a consent form. Records of immunizations received by NYSIIS with your consent will remain in NYSIIS; however, information about any future immunizations will not be recorded.


The Statewide Immunization Registry Law requires your child's doctor to record any immunizations given to your child into NYSIIS. Your child's immunization record will include past and future immunizations until your child has turned 19 years old. This record will be kept secure and private and only those parties authorized by the NYS Department of Health will have access to NYSIIS. You may get a copy of your child's immunization record from your child's doctor or your local health department.


This is the legal instruction for the use of VIS's ( Vaccine Information Sheet).

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