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Resource ID: #13849
Subject: Health Care
Source: Money Magazine



As Baby Boomers have become parents themselves, the list of vaccines required to fully immunize a child in this country has grown to include 16 immunizations that guard against 11 different diseases, making the vaccine industry a booming business with estimated revenues of more than $1 billion in the U.S. alone, up from $500 million in 1990. Money decided to investigate this rapidly growing business by closely examining two of the vaccines with the longest track records in this country: polio and DPT. Parent trust that producing the safest vaccines possible is a goal that manufacturers will strive for and that federal regulatory agencies will ensure is met on their behalf. Unfortunately, Money's investigation revealed that public trust has been violated. The result: hundreds of previously healthy children needlessly have suffered vaccine-caused death or permanent injury when safer alternative were available. (December, 1996)

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