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A no-fault compensation scheme for serious adverse events attributed to vaccination

Heath A Kelly, Clare Looker and David Isaacs
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (1): 4-5.

No-fault compensation, based on the ethical principle of redistributive justice, should form a cornerstone of Australia’s immunisation strategy

Heath A Kelly, BSc, MB BS, MPH, Head, Epidemiology Unit1
Clare Looker, MB BS, MPH, Epidemiologist1
David Isaacs, MD, FRACP, FRCPCH, Clinical Professor in Paediatric Infectious Diseases2
1 Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory, Melbourne, VIC.
2 The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW.
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