Don't bother checking your calendar to see if it's April Fool's day. It's not! Here's another crack in the ever-weakening facade of ubiquitous vaccine safety and efficacy. Sincere thanks to Investigative Reporter Jodie Fleischer* of WSB TV 2 in Atlanta, an ABC affiliate.
To learn more about the American Vaccine Court - which replaced traditional tort law regarding product safety vis a vis vaccines, please read The Vaccine Court by Wayne Rohde and published by Skyhorse Publishing.
ATLANTA - A federal program designed to help victims suffering from life-altering reactions to vaccines is falling short on promises made when it started.
It's called the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, a $3.6 billion fund created to take care of victims with catastrophic reactions to vaccines.
But a Channel 2 Action News investigation found it also protects vaccine-makers from being subject to lawsuits.
And they don't pay for the program -- you do.
"I JUST HAD A BAD FEELING ABOUT IT"
Jessica Mura suffered a permanent reaction to a flu shot in 2006, a flu shot she never even wanted to get.
"I just had a bad feeling about it," she said. "I was healthy. I was 21. To me, I was on top of the world."
But the vaccine was required by her employer, a south Georgia ambulance company.
"That was my passion, helping people," said Mura. "EMTs don't make that much money, but I didn't care. I just loved what I did."
Within days of getting the shot, her co-workers noticed the symptoms.
She vividly remembers the very last time she walked. It was into an emergency room.
"It's hard to go from the person who cared for people, to be the one being cared for," said Mura.
She slipped into a coma for several months, endured 15 surgeries and had to learn to speak and eat again.
Now 31, she has a permanent brain injury and is confined to a wheelchair. READ MORE HERE.
About the reporter:
Jodie is an Emmy award-winning investigative reporter who joined the Channel 2 Action News team in 2007. She primarily covers stories with an emphasis on government waste and corruption.
In 2015, Jodie was honored by the FBI Director with a Community Leadership Award for a series of investigative reports which exposed Georgia’s legal loophole that encouraged widespread criminal activity by sovereign citizens who used fake deeds to steal foreclosed homes.
The resulting law-change was the culmination of more than four years of reporting, that was also recognized with a 2012 Alfred I. du Pont Award from Columbia University, one of broadcasting’s highest honors.
Jodie has been honored with four Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for investigative reports on a wide range of topics, including the cause of death of a young pregnant woman being changed from ‘suicide’ to ‘unknown’ as the case was reopened following our investigation, and the state shutting down a fraudulent drug rehab facility run by the Church of Scientology after a year-long series of WSB-TV stories.
Jodie has been awarded 12 Southeast Regional Emmy’s including On-Camera Talent for Investigative Reporting and Specialty Reporting.
Her work has included uncovering hundreds of outdated guardrail ends still on roadways throughout Georgia, systemic errors in Fulton County’s property values, faulty breathing equipment used by firefighters, and a series of corruption investigations that led to the indictment and/or resignation of several DeKalb County officials.
Before coming to Georgia, Jodie worked at WFTV, our sister station in Orlando, Florida. She also worked at WSPA in Spartanburg and WLTX in Columbia, South Carolina.
She has been honored by the Associated Press Broadcasters in all three states for breaking news coverage, education coverage and investigative reporting.
Jodie is a native Floridian and graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in telecommunication and a minor in criminal justice. When she's not working, she enjoys boating, wake-boarding, hiking, photography and Gator football… sorry Dawgs fans!
About Vaccine Court, the book from Skyhorse Publishing:
A hard look at the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program and the families desperately trying to navigate their way through it.
The Vaccine Court looks at the mysterious and often unknown world of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP), the only recourse for seeking compensation for those who have been injured by a vaccine. The NVICP, better known as the ”Vaccine Court,” however, is not without controversy.
Established by Congress as a direct result of the passage of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, the NVICP was supposed to offer a no-fault alternative to the traditional injury claims filed in state or federal courts and was to provide quick, efficient, and fair compensation for those who have been injured by vaccines. The reality, however, is that many cases take several years or longer to complete and require tremendous commitment from families already pushed to the brink of bankruptcy caring for the vaccine-injured family member, only to discover that the end result is manipulated by the government in defense of the US vaccine policy.
Mr. Rohde looks into the inner workings of the US Federal Claims Court and the NVICP. He interviews families who have filed petitions and won compensation, families who have been denied compensation, and families still waiting for a decision. By highlighting the journeys of these families—their efforts to find attorneys willing to represent them, the filing of their petitions, and the subsequent mountain of paperwork, medical records, and other documents that span years—Mr. Rohde exposes the bitter truth behind the NVICP. Through his thoughtful interviews and fact-finding research, The Vaccine Court sheds light on how the NVICP has evolved into something far more treacherous than what Congress envisioned with the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act in 1986.