immunity from prosecution

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An indemnity, for instance of government agencies, from legal action that might otherwise be taken by individuals or groups to right what they perceive to be a wrong or harm they have suffered. This can protect public health departments and their officials from legal action, e.g., when adverse reactions to immunization occur. Under some circumstances, corporations also may be deemed immune from prosecution for harms due to their actions.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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