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APHA Welcomes Supreme Court Ruling that Upholds Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

Washington, D.C., February 22, 2011 — The American Public Health Association welcomed today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that upholds the nation’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program and supports the role of vaccines in assuring a healthy nation.


“Vaccines are incredibly important preventive health measures that save lives,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of APHA. “They are one of the greatest public health achievements that protect us from a host of once-common and sometimes deadly infectious diseases.”


“We are pleased with today’s ruling in favor of a fair and just way to address the very rare but sometimes severe adverse events associated with vaccines, and that helps assure a strong national vaccination system,” Benjamin said. 


Today’s ruling came in the case of Bruesewitz et al. v. Wyeth. APHA joined other leading health and medical organizations in signing on to a brief in support of vaccines and the compensation program.


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