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Supreme Court Tackles Vaccine Case

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court heard Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, the case of a now 18-year-old girl who began to show signs of developmental impairment after receiving a vaccination when she was six months old.  There have been many studies on the effects of vaccines, some claiming that they are linked to autism.  In 1988 the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 came into effect and established special procedures for those that have been injured by vaccines.  Plaintiffs go to a special “vaccine court” and petition the Federal Government for damages rather than suing companies who make vaccines.  This system is meant to keep vaccines affordable and available while still giving redress to those who are injured.  It also means that if the vaccine is properly prepared, the company who made it will not be at fault. For more you can look at the piece the New York Times did just before the case, or the Law.com article which came just after.

What do you think?  It is unquestionably important that those injured by vaccines get reparations, but on the other side, it is also important that vaccines are economically viable to produce.



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