Swine Flu Vaccine Makers Are Officially Immune From Lawsuits

Barack Obama Meeting Swine Flu Outbreak 5-1

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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.

The article goes on to mention that according to CDC numbers,  40,000 Americans have confirmed or probable cases of swine flu, with the likelihood of a million plus currently infected. Out of all of these infections only 263 deaths have occurred in the US. While the loss of life is sad, the numbers clearly show that presently there is no reason to scare people into getting a shot (that they may not need, which may be totally ineffective, and may ultimately harm them) nor making said vaccination mandatory.

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.

Lastly, the rallying cry that I hear from others who are adamantly pro vaccine is that those who don’t get vaccinated put those who do get vaccinated at greater risk. Well, if one is vaccinated against something, wouldn’t that inherently offer protection from those who are not?

Story from AP, posted on Click on Detroit (a CNN, NBC partner):

Legal Immunity Set For Swine Flu Vaccine Makers

In Past, Thousands Filed Claims Contending They Suffered Side Effects
MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer

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.


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