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

Mark R Nelson
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (5): 263. || doi: 10.5694/mja11.10827
Published online: 5 September 2011

To the Editor: Kelly and colleagues are to be applauded for their call for a no-fault compensation scheme.1 If only such a scheme had been available in the early 1960s, when my sister (who has approved this letter) developed encephalitis secondary to a vaccinia inoculation. Then she, and our parents, would have been spared decades of struggling with the sequelae of this acquired brain injury in a “fault averse” system. The few who have been seriously harmed should not be forgotten by the millions who have benefited.

  • Mark R Nelson

  • Menzies Research Institute, Hobart, TAS.

Correspondence: Mark.Nelson@utas.edu.au

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