dy’er Sez: The following story begs a few questions and comments. First, It’s bad enough that the childhood scheduled shot (remember folks, there is NO LAW anywhere in the country that make ANY school shots mandatory…just recommended with added stipulations that make a child’s – and parents’ – life miserable if they don’t get their shots) makers are protected from lawsuits. But now an untested (and, at best in the end, severely under tested) vaccine is being bought up in droves by the federal government to be used in a potentially mandatory vaccination program which could have severe side effects (again, we simply don’t know what these side-effects may be, but which will leave the public with no legal recourse if things go wrong. Think about this – the vaccine makers have no incentive whatsoever (save their personal morals, but I have no faith in that at all…do you?) to provide a safe and effective drug.
One might think that I am an ‘anti-vaccine’ activist, but this is utterly untrue. Vaccines have a huge potential to help a great many people survive the relatively deadly plagues that regularly appear on our global landscape. But I do question these shots when control of population, the inability to take to task unscrupulous manufacturers, and uncountable monetary incentive seem to be the major reasons for such programs.
Legal Immunity Set For Swine Flu Vaccine Makers
In Past, Thousands Filed Claims Contending They Suffered Side Effects
MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer
ATLANTA — The last time the government embarked on a major vaccine campaign against a new swine flu, thousands filed claims contending they suffered side effects from the shots. This time, the government has already taken steps to head that off.
Vaccine makers and federal officials will be immune from lawsuits that result from any new swine flu vaccine, under a document signed by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, government health officials said Friday.
Since the 1980s, the government has protected vaccine makers against lawsuits over the use of childhood vaccines. Instead, a federal court handles claims and decides who will be paid from a special fund.
The document signed by Sebelius last month grants immunity to those making a swine flu vaccine, under the provisions of a 2006 law for public health emergencies. It allows for a compensation fund, if needed.