There were 256 people with vaccine injuries who received financial awards from the VICP, for a total payout of $73.3 million — or an average payment of $286,000 each.
Out of 92 children who died of the flu this season, 62 of them were infected with the influenza B/Victoria strain, which is not included in the 2019-2020 flu shot.
Flu season in the U.S. is already shaping up to be especially severe. flu
The U.S. territory of Samoa is in the midst of a severe measles epidemic that has killed 24 children and one adult.
The CDC reported 1,249 cases of measles in the U.S. so far this year. Most of those illnesses were due to multiple outbreaks in New York.
Experts are concerned because this year's flu vaccine may not match the strains of influenza that dominate the North American flu season.
California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed two bills that make it harder for parents to get medical exemptions for vaccines before their child can go to public or private school.
Over 1,200 people have been infected with the measles this year, according to the CDC.
Dozens of lawsuits have been filed after a Kentucky physician's wife mishandled vaccines for her traveling immunization business and caused an outbreak of infections.
Merck & Co. is facing hundreds of lawsuits from people who developed shingles or other severe side effects after receiving Zostavax, a vaccine that was supposed to prevent shingles.