Description: TO PASS S. 3735.
Bill summary: (Measure passed Senate, amended)
National Influenza Program - Amends the Public Health Service Act to direct the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare to establish, conduct, and support activities necessary to carry out a national influenza immunization program. Directs the Secretary to make quarterly reports to Congress on the administration of such activities.
Directs the Secretary to conduct a study of the scope and extent of liability for personal injuries arising out of immunization
programs and of alternative approaches to providing protection against such liability and compensation for such injuries. Requires the Secretary to report the results of such study, along with legislative recommendations, to Congress within one year of enactment of these provisions.
Makes the United States liable with respect to claims for personal injury or death resulting from the administration of vaccine under the immunization program. Establishes procedures under which all such claims will be asserted directly against the United States and makes such procedures the exclusive legal remedy.
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Bill titles: An Act to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the establishment and implementation of an emergency national swine flu immunization program and to provide an exclusive remedy for personal injury or death arising out of the manufacture, distribution, or administration of the swine flue vaccine under such program.; A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the establishment and implementation of a national influenza immunization program and to provide an exclusive remedy for persons injured as a result of inoculation with vaccine under such program.
Original source documents: Digest of the Congressional Record vol. 122-123, p. H8654;
Links for more info on the vote: congress.gov