Physicians probably have an ethical duty to counsel vaccine-injured patients about the availability of compensation under the Vaccine Compensation Act. If the physician assists the patient in obtaining compensation, the patient may be more likely to accept the award under the act and forgo a lawsuit. The problem is that the vaccine injury table (see Table 28-1) and the vaccine pack inserts list many events that have not been proven to be related to vaccine administration. In addition to encouraging unfounded claims, the listing of these unproven risks fuels the myth that vaccines are dangerous.Fulginiti VA: How safe are the pertussis and rubella vaccines? A commentary on the Institute of Medicine Report. Ped 1992 Feb; 89:334-36. Lynch TP: Vaccine myth and physician handouts. Am J Dis Child 1991; 145:426-27.
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