Big developments involving kids, lawsuits & vaccines
By Lakisha Jackson
Parents, there is a story out today that has to do with kids and vaccines. This kind of news is always a hot topic in the parenting world. Here's the story...the Associated Press reports that the Supreme Court is now deciding whether parents who claim their child had serious vaccine side-effects can sue the makers of the vaccine. This is big news because drug makers that produce vaccines are protected by law from most lawsuits.
Today, the court decided that they will hear an appeal from parents who say their 6-month-old little girl suffered serious health issues after getting a diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine. The parents want to sue Wyeth, the company that made the vaccine.
So now, the Supreme Court is going to hear from the parents and decide whether or not they can sue the drug company. What do you think about this? Should parents be allowed to sue vaccine makers if their child suffers serious health issues? Should vaccine makers be protected from most lawsuits?
Post your comments below.
Here is the write-through from the Associated Press:
Court will hear case about vaccine side effects
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court says it will decide whether drug makers can be sued by parents who claim their children suffered serious health problems from vaccines.
The justices on Monday agreed to hear an appeal from parents in Pittsburgh who want to sue Wyeth over the serious side effects their six-month-old daughter allegedly suffered as a result of the company's diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine.
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled against Robalee and Russell Bruesewitz, saying a 1986 federal law bars their claims.
That law set up a special vaccine court to handle disputes as part of its aim of insuring a stable vaccine supply by shielding companies from most lawsuits.
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