Parents whose children died or were injured by government-required vaccines before Oct. 1, 1988 have been given a few more weeks to file for federal compensation.

The deadline for filing was to have been the end of last year, but the government has extended that to Feb. 1, said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who was chief sponsor of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986.Rare reactions to such vaccines have led to death, and other brain damage. He said information on how to file a vaccine injury claim and other information about the program is available by calling toll free: 1-800-338-2382.