The act was passed in 1986, and upheld in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth in the Supreme Court in 2010.
Under Section 22(b)(1) of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 ("NCVIA"),
"No vaccine manufacturer shall be liable in a civil action for damages arising from a vaccine-related injury or death associated with the administration of a vaccine after October 1, 1988, if the injury or death resulted from side effects that were unavoidable even though the vaccine was properly prepared and was accompanied by proper directions and warnings."
The cases you have heard about are FROM the governments Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, which pays some cases, but as few as it can get away with paying.
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