BEACON TRANSCRIPT – On Wednesday, the European Court of Justice ruled that vaccines could now be considered direct causes of diseases even without solid proof in support of this claim. This comes as the results of an intense anti-vax movement, which blames vaccination for a number of diseases or disorders, including autism.
Vaccines might now lead to diseases, according to the EU court
Members of the EU court declare that there are some cases when a vaccine can be considered defective, namely it might be the cause of a disease. However, patients need to bring some evidence regarding the date when it was administered, the health condition before the administration, a possible history of the disease in the family, or other cases of the disease after vaccination.
If the patient manages to bring all this evidence, then the only plausible cause of the disease would be vaccination. Therefore, they believe that sometimes vaccines might fail to provide immunity and lead to further complication.
The decision is the result of the anti-vax movement
The court took this decision following the case of a Frenchman who had supposedly fallen ill after receiving a vaccine. The man, known only as J.W., developed multiple sclerosis after receiving a hepatitis B shot. This case took place in the late 1990s.
However, at the time, the French court found no link between vaccination and the evolution of the disease, but the man’s family didn’t want to give up. They took the case to the Higher Court of Cassation in France, and then to the European Union. Therefore, this verdict is the direct result of the ‘90s case.
This ruling comes right in the middle of an intense anti-vax campaign, with thousands of parents believing vaccines are the cause of several conditions starting from autism to cancer. However, the decision not to vaccinate children led to outbreaks of diseases such as measles. Health officials fear that non-vaccination might lead to the resurgence of dangerous conditions, including poliomyelitis.
Image Source: Health.mil