The World Health Organization (WHO) recently celebrated World Immunization Week 2022. By recognizing World Immunization Week, the WHO “aims to highlight the collective action needed and to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease.”
Here, vaccine injury lawyer Leah V. Durant discusses some of the highlights from the WHO’s resources for World Immunization Week 2022 as well as some of our firm’s resources for individuals who have questions about vaccine-related injuries and illnesses.
For World Immunization Week 2022, the WHO has adopted the hashtag #longlifeforall. As the WHO writes, the value of vaccines is not measured by the number of doses administered, but rather by the number of minutes given back and the number of lives prolonged. With vaccination rates declining during the COVID-19 pandemic, the WHO is encouraging everyone to “get essential immunization back on track”—both by getting vaccinated themselves and by helping spread the word.
Digital Resources for Promoting Vaccination
The WHO has also published several digital resources that healthcare providers, advocates and others can use to help promote vaccination online. These resources include videos and reels, social media tiles, and key messages. These resources are free to use on websites and all social media platforms.
Recommended Vaccines for Children and Adults in the U.S.
In addition to promoting its own resources, for World Immunization Week 2022, the WHO has also published links to resources from health agencies in the U.S. and around the world. These include the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Immunization Schedules for children and adults. Together with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the CDC shares primary responsibility for ensuring widespread access to safe and effective vaccines against diseases ranging from influenza and measles to COVID-19.
Vaccine Injury Claim FAQs
Although the vaccines on the CDC’s Immunization Schedules are generally safe for most people, all vaccines carry risks for illnesses and injuries. While only a very small percentage of vaccine recipients experience these illnesses and injuries, for those that do, the consequences can be lifelong. Broadly speaking, the injury and illness risks associated with CDC-recommended vaccines fall into three categories:
- Shoulder Injuries Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA) – Shoulder injuries related to vaccine administration (SIRVA) occur when vaccine providers make mistakes during injections.
- Injuries and Illnesses Triggered By Adverse Reactions – From severe allergic reactions to Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), various conditions can result from adverse reactions to vaccine ingredients.
- Injuries Suffered in Falls Due to Vasovagal Syncope – When individuals experience vasovagal syncope (fainting) following vaccinations, they can suffer severe injuries in falls.
In the United States, individuals who are diagnosed with vaccine-related injuries and illnesses will frequently be entitled to compensation under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). You can read our Vaccine Injury Claim FAQs to learn more.
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Experienced litigation attorney Leah Durant focuses on representing clients in complex vaccine litigation matters. Leah Durant is the owner and principal attorney of the Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC, a litigation firm based in Washington, DC. Leah Durant and her staff represent clients and their families who suffer from vaccine-related injuries, adverse vaccine reactions and vaccine-related deaths. The Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC is dedicated to assisting individuals in recovering the highest level of compensation as quickly and efficiently as possible. To learn more, contact vaccine attorney Leah Durant today.