Parents Lose Vaccine Case in Supreme Court

The Supreme Court says parents whose children allegedly are injured by vaccine shots cannot sue the manufacturer in court even if the special federal panel set up to compensate vaccine injury victims rejects their claim. Robalee and Russell Bruesewitz of Pittsburgh, filed a lawsuit for their daughter,

Hannah, after their claim in the federal vaccine court was rejected. They say she was a healthy infant until she received the diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP) vaccine in April 1992. The vaccine was made by Wyeth, now owned by Pfizer, Inc. Within hours of getting the DPT shot, the third in a series of five, the baby suffered a series of debilitating seizures. Hannah continues to suffer from residual seizure disorder and has developmental problems and cannot care for herself.

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