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On its website is a 2015 quote from Sen. Paul Rand: “I have heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines.”
PolitiFact writer Steve Contorno dismisses the statement by Rand, who is a medical doctor, as “longstanding myth.”
Hardly. In 1986 Congress created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. It took away citizens' rights to sue pharmaceutical companies over children who vaccines killed, paralyzed or brain-damaged. Instead, the program created the “vaccine court,” which has paid more than $3.7 billion to vaccine victims.
“Vaccines, like any medicines, can cause side effects. In very rare cases, a vaccine can cause a serious problem. In these instances, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program may provide financial compensation to individuals who file a petition and are found to have been injured by a VICP-covered vaccine,” says the website of the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.
The Centers for Disease Control publishes a two-page table of vaccines of “illness, disability, injury or condition covered” by the program.
Given the compensation program, the HRSA acknowledgement, and the CDC schedule, PolitiFact's “longstanding myth” characterization is plainly “pants on fire” false.
This was pointed out to the PolitiFact team at the Sept. 27 event at the Tulsa library.
Will PolitiFact correct its website?