The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has issued a proposed rule that would revise the vaccine injury table to create “distinct and separate listings” for four vaccines that have not yet caused any “illness, disease, injury, or condition.” The vaccines protect against hepatitis A, trivalent influenza, meningococcal disease, and human papillomavirus (HPV).  

The VICP “provides a system of no-fault compensation for certain individuals who have been injured by covered childhood vaccines.” The four vaccines are already covered under the VICP, but their placement in a “placeholder category” rather than under separate listings “has sometimes led to confusion regarding their coverage status.” The plan to move them to separate listings on the vaccine injury table with “[n]o conditions specified” is an attempt to make the vaccine injury table clearer to the public. Comments are requested by March 14, 2011. See Federal Register, September 13, 2010.