Dog Blog Poll: Should a Vaccine Company Help Cover Costs When Vaccines Cause Expensive Outcomes?
I’ve heard mixed reviews / advice / responses to whether or not the company who made the vaccine should help pay for the veterinary costs of diagnosing and treating the resulting meningoencephalomyelitis / meningoencephalitis (inflammation of the brain and lining of the brain and spinal cord) that Lilly suffered after getting her 3-year rabies vaccine nearly 2 months ago. Today, I’m asking what you think. Please take our two-question dog blog poll.
Feel free to share the poll with friends and encourage them to vote. I’ll leave the poll open for a week.
Before you answer, though, I’ll share that I’ve been told all of the following by veterinarians I know:
- Vaccine companies (and regulatory agencies) only care what happened and if the pet survived (or not).
- Vaccine companies have helped other families in the past. [I could not find anyone with a first-hand account.]
- Vaccine companies have refused to help other families in the past. [I found one, heart-breaking, first-hand account of a dog who died 10 years ago from immune-mediated hemolytic anemia. The family did NOT get so much as a “We’re sorry for your loss.”]
In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll also tell you that I have a pretty good idea what will happen, but until the vaccine company’s response to my letter requesting financial help is official, I’m not going to reveal the outcome or which company it is.
I’m simply curious what all of you think should / will happen.[polldaddy poll=6040511]
If you are new to our scary story of a rabies vaccine gone horribly wrong, feel free to use the blog post category pull-down menu in the sidebar or this Adverse Vaccine Reaction category link to access all the posts we’ve published since Lilly got very, very sick with meningoencephalomyelitis (inflammation of the brain and lining of the brain and spinal cord) after an adverse reaction to a rabies vaccine given January 23, 2012.