pandemic influenza vaccine (swine flu)
although the vicp does not cover novel h1n1 pandemic vaccine, it is currently covered under a separate program, the countermeasures injury compensation program (cicp). compensation for injuries related to the novel h1n1 vaccine is administratively located within hhs' health resources and services administration (hrsa), healthcare systems bureau.
under the cicp, individuals must have received a novel pandemic, monovalent h1n1 vaccination between june 15, 2009 and march 31, 2013. they must also submit their request for program benefits within one year of receiving the novel h1n1 vaccination. information about the cicp can be found at www.hrsa.gov/countermeasurescomp
you may also find information about the novel h1n1 vaccine by contacting the immunization safety office, office of the chief science officer, cdc at 1-800-232-2522 or visit their website at: www.cdc.gov/vaccines
. you may write to the cdc at 1600 clifton road, n.e., mail stop d-50, atlanta, georgia 30333.
the countermeasures injury compensation program (cicp)
the countermeasures injury compensation program (cicp), housed within the health resources and services administration (hrsa), administers the compensation program specified by the public readiness and emergency preparedness act (prep act).
the prep act provides compensation to individuals for serious physical injuries or deaths from pandemic, epidemic, or security countermeasures identified in declarations issued by the secretary pursuant to section 319f-3(b) of the public health service act (phs act) (42 u.s.c. 247d-6d).
the prep act also confers broad liability protections as defined in section 319f-3(i)(2) of the phs act. liability protections cover the manufacture, testing, development, distribution, or use of the designated covered countermeasure.
a secretarial declaration specifies the categories of health threats or conditions for which countermeasures are recommended, the period liability protections are in effect, the population of individuals protected, and the geographic areas for which the protections are in effect.
more information on the prep act
certain countermeasures. such as vaccines, antibiotics or devices used to protect against the following, are covered:
influenza (pandemic, not seasonal)