By John Stone
An Italian court has found that the administration of a hexavalent vaccine was responsible for the death of a six month old baby girl in her cot in 2003. According to the Italian on-line journal Informasalus a judge in the Civil Court of Pesaro has found the Italian Ministry of Health guilty and awarded compensation of 200 thousand Euros, plus a retrospectively dated pension of 700 Euros a month and further compensation yet to be decided.
The court accepted evidence of a causal connection between the vaccine and the child’s death from a number of medical experts retained by the family as well as the court’s own expert. The little girl had received at one time four mandated vaccines and two optional ones including polio, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B and haemophilus influenza B (HiB).
The family’s lawyer over several years, Luca Ventarolo – a specialist in the field and advisor to the Italian vaccine safety organisation Comilva - told the journal : “The child very soon began to manifest a number of symptoms related to vaccination: continuous joint pain, complete loss of appetite, disruption of sleep-wake rhythms, and so on.”
The report states that the little girl died in her sleep one evening in February 2003 and an autopsy determined that she died of terminal interstitial pneumonia. Winning the case against the Italian Ministry of Health opens the way for further action against the health authority of Pesaro.
Compensation is granted according to a 1992 statute (No. 210) “in favour those harmed by irreversible complications due to mandatory vaccinations and blood transfusions”, and the compensation provided by this Act is paid by the Italian Ministry of Health.
This case follows on Ventarolo’s successful prosecution last year of the case of Valentino Bocca who was left autistic after receiving MMR .
In the UK an Oxford based group within the NHS has been trying to pilot a hexavalent vaccine with similar components to the one in the Italian case in conjunction with Sanofi Pasteur – hitherto the Hep B vaccine has wisely not been given routinely to British infants. It is contemplated that it will be administered with Meningitis C and presumably the rotavirus vaccine just introduced. A significant feature of multivalent vaccines is that they deny the opportunity of choice about individual components (as with MMR). It looks as if British parents will soon be being bullied into routinely allowing 8 vaccines to be given to infants in one go.
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