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Pafford v. Secretary of Health and Human Services

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
451 F.3d 1352 (Fed. Cir. 2006) (en banc)


Richelle Pafford (Pafford) (plaintiff) received a series of vaccinations administered by the Department of Health and Human Services, including DTaP, whooping cough, MMR, and OPV vaccinations. Pafford subsequently developed Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, or Still’s disease. Believing her disease was caused by the vaccinations, Pafford brought suit against the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) (defendant). The case was tried before the Special Master at the United States Court of Federal Claims, who concluded Pafford failed to show the vaccinations caused her disease. The Special Master denied relief, and Pafford appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Rader, C.J.)

Dissent (Dyk, J.)

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