Originally Posted by kathymuggle
The "wow, just wow" was over the idea the idea that getting money from vaccine court somehow made getting GBS from a vaccine more acceptable To quote you - " but at least there is some compensation." As if that makes up for anything!
ETA: I understand people suing if they have been injured by a vaccine, but it does not compensate for ill health.
If I remember correctly, aren't medical bills one of the leading causes of bankruptcy (or maybe even the leading cause) in the US?
Of course monetary compensation doesn't undo the illness. But going through the illness is bad enough without leaving the hospital with a mountain of debt due to medical bills and a prolonged period away from work, maybe even losing your home and having to declare bankruptcy as a result of your illness.
GBS is a rare condition, but in the huge population of the US there are still a few thousand cases every year. Since there are a lot of people who get flu shots in the US, you would expect by sheer chance to have a number of GBS cases following the flu shot (in fact, if you couldn't find cases, that would be very surprising and indicate a possibility that the flu shot was somehow preventing GBS, or why else would people stop getting it). As I wrote above, most studies have found no links between flu shots and GBS since the swine flu shots in the 1970's, but a couple studies indicate a slight increase in rate. So it is not clear if the flu shot causes GBS or not, but if it does, it is very rare.
So if a person gets a flu shot and then starts showing symptoms of GBS later, is it one of these coincidences, or was it caused by the flu shot? There is absolutely no way to know. Most likely, it is a coincidence, and even if he/she had skipped the flu shot he/she would have come down with GBS with no identified cause at the same time anyway. But because a case can be made that the flu shot may have caused it, he/she can file with the vaccine court and, after a lot of hassle and bother, be awarded a settlement. Meanwhile the other guy who started showing symptoms of GBS the same week but had not had a vaccine in many years has no such recourse and has now lost his house and is facing bankruptcy due to medical bills and lost wages.
So I am not saying that it is okay if a vaccine injures you because you will get compensation. What I am saying is that there are people who were not injured by vaccines who are getting compensation because of the possibility that a vaccine could have injured them. Statistics tell us that there will be cases of GBS after flu vaccine that are not related to it, and we have absolutely no way of knowing which cases are these coincidences and in which cases (if any) were actually caused by the flu shot.