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Preparedness Countermeasures Injury Compensation

Preparedness Countermeasures Injury Compensation may compensate individuals for serious physical injuries or deaths as a result of a pandemic, epidemic, or security countermeasures, such as a vaccine.
  • Only countermeasures specifically identified in declarations by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are eligible for compensation benefits, which may include out-of-pocket medical expenses, lost employment income and/or survivor death benefits.

Currently, only individuals who received the pandemic influenza A (H5N1) vaccine on or after December 1, 2006 through February 28, 2010 are eligible to request compensation.

Individuals have one (1) year from the date the vaccine or other covered countermeasure was administered to request compensation benefits.

Currently, no funds have been appropriated to provide compensation. However, all potential requests for benefits must still be filed within the one (1) year limit.

How to File a Request for Benefits

Eligible individuals must send a letter of intent to file a request for benefit in writing within one (1) year of receiving a covered countermeasure. For complete information:

  Announcement of Potential Eligibility for Compensation Under Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act Declaration and Filing Deadlines or (PDF 53KB) (Federal Register notice, December 21, 2007)

Pandemic Countermeasures; Declaration Under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act or (PDF 50KB) (Federal Register notice, February 1, 2007)