Essay Childhood Vaccinations: A Game of Russian Roulette?

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Introduction Parents make sure their children get a proper diet, wear their bicycle helmet, and get enough sleep. Every parent wants to do what is best for their children and protect them from harm. No parent would allow their child to play with a loaded weapon, even with the safety on, and expect the best outcome. It would never happen. But it does. With every vaccine that is given, we are playing Russian roulette with our children’s lives. Childhood vaccinations have replaced common childhood illness as a “rite of passage” for many young children. Many parents, at the recommendation of their physician, diligently bring their children to the doctor every couple of months for what are thought to be important and safe vaccinations. …show more content…
In order to reduce the liability of manufacturers and health care providers, the Act established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. This program compensates individuals who have been injured by vaccines on a "no-fault" basis (“Vaccine Injury Problems & Law,” 2009). No-fault means that people filing claims are not required to prove negligence on the part of either the health care provider or the manufacturer to receive compensation, (“Should Vaccines Be Required for Children?,” 2011). The Act required that a petition for compensation be filed in the Court of Federal Claims, naming the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary as the respondent. Awards are paid out of a fund created by an excise tax on each vaccine dose (“Should Vaccines Be Required for Children?” 2011). As a quid pro quo, manufacturers enjoy significant tort-liability protection. Most importantly, the Act eliminates manufacturer’s liability for a vaccine’s unavoidable, adverse side effects (“Should Vaccines Be Required for Children?” 2011). Why is the federal government protecting vaccine manufacturers? Co-authors of the book, DPT: A Shot in the Dark, Harris Coulter, Ph.D., and Barbara Fisher have an explanation. Both agree that not only are vaccines the sacred cow of the
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