• “AP IMPACT: ‘Vaccine court’ keeps claimants waiting” by Mitch Weiss, Justin Pritchard, and Troy Thibodeaux

    Vaccines are a big part of American life. Most public schools require that children be vaccinated for a variety of illnesses in order to attend, and military members are ordered to receive various vaccines for everyday service as well as special vaccines depending on the tasks assign to them.

    The safety of vaccines has been challenged for decades, as those receiving vaccines have experienced a broad spectrum of adverse effects. The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 was passed to address these challenges. This law requires that healthcare providers report any incidents of adverse events that occur after administering a vaccine, and it established a committee from the Institute of Medicine to review these reports.

    Further, this law led to the creation of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, otherwise known as vaccine court. In this court, patients who believe they have been adversely affected by a vaccine they were given can submit a claim for compensation. Essentially these patients are suing vaccine producers, and these cases are heard in vaccine court instead of in a state or federal civil court.

    What makes vaccine court special is that, when a patient wins a lawsuit, the U.S. government pays the damages awarded, rather than the vaccine manufacturer. The court was set up this way to prevent vaccine manufacturers from pulling out of the market, which would reduce the availability of vaccines.


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    “AP IMPACT: ‘Vaccine court’ keeps claimants waiting” by Mitch Weiss, Justin Pritchard, and Troy Thibodeaux


    The above article makes the assertion that vaccine court is broken. The authors state that the court was designed to favor the plaintiffs by relaxing the standards of evidence that would otherwise be in place in civil court. However, many plaintiffs still wait years—much longer than the court’s goal of 390 days—for resolution, and the doctors and government attorneys fight vehemently against the claims filed.

    There are many conflicts of interest pointed out by this article. Among these conflicts is the assertion that many doctors working on behalf of the government have connections to pharmaceutical companies, which brings into question whether these doctors are representing the facts or the interests of the companies manufacturing vaccines for profit.

    Despite the challenges confronting plaintiffs of the vaccine court, over $2.6 billion has been awarded to those suffering from the adverse effects of vaccines. Among the vaccines that plaintiffs have challenged in the vaccine court are the influenza vaccine and the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which is marketed under the name Gardasil. Check back soon for more on the Gardasil vaccine.


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