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Compensation for Vaccine-Related Injuries

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▸Requests for reprints should be addressed to Linda Johnson White; Department of Health and Public Policy, American College of Physicians, 4200 Pine Street; Philadelphia, PA 19104.


© 1984 American College of PhysiciansAmerican College of Physicians


Ann Intern Med. 1984;101(4):559-561. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-101-4-559
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Since 1902, when the Serum Act was passed, the federal and state governments have enacted laws and regulations to ensure the widespread availability and use of safe and effective vaccines. The federal government has used public moneys to support vaccine development and to purchase vaccines for public immunization programs. State governments have established laws requiring that children be immunized against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, and poliomyelitis before they can go to school. (Required dosages and exemption policies vary slightly among states. Most states allow exemption for religious or philosophical beliefs, but the proportion of exempted children is minimal

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