Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Why do swine flu vaccine providers need immunity?

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius has not only given immunity to the makers of Tamiflu and Relenza for injuries stemming from their use against swine flu, she has granted immunity to future swine flu vaccines and “any associated adjuvants”. 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 around, they will have no recourse. The 2006 Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (the PREP Act) allows the DHHS Secretary to invoke almost complete immunity from liability...
I saw a news broadcast stating that this vaccine has not been fully tested. However, the health cared workers of New York State have no choice. They must have the shot or be fired, according to CBS news.
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WI Catholic said...

Is there any sort of freedom to refuse for those who regularly cannot take flu injections, ie, the questions asked prior to injections?

Can't think of them off-hand, but something about sensitivity to eggs, etc.

Real estate Toronto said...

WI Catholic: I wonder about this too. I understand the importance of the immunity they have to be provided with, what I don't understand how someone can be *forced* to take the shot like this. It's nothing but blackmail. Julie