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Odds of Vaccine Harm are One in a Million?

Posted: 9/15/2017 5:56:59 PM | with 0 comments
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Many people believe that vaccines are safe and effective, and public health authorities often assure people that serious adverse effects are an extremely rare, “one in a million” event. But on what basis do CDC officials and others make that claim?

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) was an integral part of the vaccine safety informing, recording and reporting provisions secured by parents of vaccine injure children into the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. This act was passed by Congress to shield doctors and vaccine manufacturers from liability when a federally recommended or state mandated vaccine caused injury or death. 

VAERS was designed as a post-marketing vaccine safety surveillance program run jointly by the CDC and the FDA to gather critical information on health problems occurring after vaccination that were not identified in pre-licensure clinical trials. Theoretically, this system should show whether certain vaccines were more problematic than others or whether there was an obvious pattern of harm caused by vaccines. It was not designed to determine causation in individual vaccine adverse event cases reported to VAERS or estimate the incidence of vaccine adverse effects in the U.S. population receiving vaccines.

Doctors and vaccine providers are required to report when a person who has been given a federally recommended vaccine experiences a serious health problem, is permanently injured, or dies after vaccination. However, most vaccine providers do not report either because they feel they are too busy; they are not aware that VAERS exists; they believe that vaccines do not cause serious injury or death so they write off health problems that occur after vaccination as a “coincidence;” or they do not make reporting a priority because there are no sanctions for not reporting. As a result, only an estimated one to 10 percent of vaccine reactions are reported to VAERS.

The true safety of vaccines routinely administered in the U.S. is not known. If all vaccine providers would report, it would give a clearer picture of the effects of vaccinations post-licensure and could be used to stimulate further research into vaccine-related injuries and deaths and identify individual high risk factors for reactions.

Using VAERS data, which is very incomplete, to conclude that serious adverse effects of vaccines occur in only “one in a million” doses is unscientific.. One Canadian study revealed that vaccination led to an emergency room visit for one in 168 children after their 12-month vaccinations and one in 730 children after their 18-month vaccinations—far from extremely rare. 

Read Odds of Vaccine Harm are One in a Million? In NVIC’s online newspaper The Vaccine Reaction. Learn more about the1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, and vaccine safety reporting in Gauging Vaccine Reactions Absent Reliable Reporting. Visit the International Memorial for Vaccine Victims Video Collection to hear personal stories of vaccine injury. 

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Forced Vaccination Judged Unconstitutional in Colombia

Posted: 9/5/2017 6:44:49 PM | with 0 comments

The Constitutional Court in Columbia recently ruled that mandating the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in Columbia is unconstitutional. They further affirmed the ethical principle of informed consent to medical risk taking, stressing that decisions involving medical procedures should ultimately be made by patients themselves and not the government. 

The group Columbian Rebuilding Hope Association filed a class action lawsuit against the Columbian government and Merck Sharp & Dohme on behalf of 700 people alleging they had been harmed by the Gardasil HPV vaccine. The lawsuit seeks over U.S. $30 million dollars in compensation for damage to the immune and neurologic system, and calls for a declaration that the vaccine is unsafe. 

There has been heightened concern about the HPV vaccine in Columbia since 2014 when more than 200 girls between the ages of nine and 16 years old in the town of El Carmen de Bolivar were hospitalized after receiving the Gardasil vaccine. 

Read Forced Vaccination Judged Unconstitutional in Colombia in NVIC’s newspaper The Vaccine Reaction. Learn more about international concerns with the HPV vaccine in HPV Vaccines Raise International Red Flags and Japan, U.S. Poles Apart on Harmful HPV Vaccine. Read a mother’s experience with Gardasil in Gardasil Devastation is NO Coincidence, and Barbara Loe Fisher’s Statement on HPV and Why Is Informed Consent to Vaccination A Human Right?

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Texas Parents: Know Your Vaccine Choice Rights During Hurricane Harvey Flood Emergency

Posted: 9/4/2017 11:56:51 AM | with 0 comments

by Dawn Richardson and Rebecca Rex

Flood Victims

Many parts of Texas have suffered severe flooding and damage where families within our community have had their lives drastically affected. This is just the start of a challenging journey ahead recovering from Hurricane Harvey.

If your family has been displaced and/or your property damaged and need to find new health care practitioners that will take care of your family and respect your vaccine refusal or delay decisions, we can check in with our community to find you the referrals you need where you need them. If you are reading this and have a great referral for a health care provider that is supportive of your rights to decline or delay vaccines, please let us know their names, contact information, and location so we can pass that information on to families in need.

You can reach Dawn Richardson in Austin and Rebecca Rex in Houston by emailing

Rights of Homeless Students

If you have become temporarily homeless or your school has become damaged and your child needs to re-enroll somewhere else, please know you have rights

“Students who are experiencing homelessness are to be enrolled immediately. Districts cannot require students experiencing homelessness to provide proof of residency, immunizations, birth certificates guardianship documents, or any other sort of required paperwork before enrolling. Requiring missing paperwork or any other delay to enrollment is a violation of the McKinney-Vento Act.” 

The Texas Department of State Health Services issued a letter on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 regarding immunization records and enrollment of students displaced by Hurricane Harvey. As a reminder, students displaced by the hurricane are considered homeless and receive immediate enrollment even without the normally required paperwork (including immunizations). The text of the letter is as follows:

“The purpose of this letter is to remind school districts of the current immunization rules that affect students displaced by Hurricane Harvey and to provide information on how schools can obtain immunization histories for transfer students.”

Disaster shelter

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) rules relating to immunization requirements for school entry allow a student transferring from one Texas school to another to be provisionally enrolled without proof of required immunizations for up to 30 days. (Texas Administrative Code, Title 25, Part I, Chapter 97, Subchapter B, Section 97.69.) As the 30-day period draws closer to an end, if there appears to be a significant number of displaced students who are still having trouble obtaining their immunization records, DSHS will consider whether a short additional provisional enrollment period is possible. The 30-day time period begins the day the student begins attending classes at the new school.

Additionally, students displaced by Hurricane Harvey and who are considered homeless under the federal McKinney-Vento Act may be admitted to attend school without documentation of required immunizations for up to 30 days. For more information regarding specific guidelines for homeless students, contact the Texas Homeless Education Office at 1-800-446-3142 or visit their website.

Resources for Families of Texas Students

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The Texas Homeless Education Office has put together a list of local, state, and federal resources to assist in dealing with hurricane Harvey.

If your school was damaged and can’t transfer records and you need to request a new conscientious/religious vaccine exemption form that will need to be submitted to the school prior to the end of the 30 day grace period (provisional enrollment period), there are several ways to obtain an affidavit.

Obtaining a School Vaccine Exemption in Texas during Hurricane Harvey Aftermath

The information below was compiled from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

A person claiming an exclusion (exemption) for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief, from a required immunization may only obtain the affidavit form by submitting a request (via online form, mail, fax or hand-delivery) to the department. The request must include following information:

  • Full name of child or student
  • Child's or student's date of birth (month/day/year)
  • Complete mailing address (use an address that is not compromised by flooding)
  • Number of requested affidavit forms (not to exceed 5).

Affidavit form requests will be processed and mailed within one week from the receipt of the request. If additional information is needed in order to process the affidavit, you will be notified.

Email or telephone requests cannot be processed. Requests for affidavit forms must be submitted to the department through one of the following methods:

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Online: School vaccine exemption affidavits may be requested online via the Texas Department of State Health Services Immunization Unit Affidavit Request website.

A written request for an affidavit may be sent through the United States Postal Service (or other commercial carrier) to:

Texas Department of State Health Services
Immunization Branch, Mail Code 1946
P.O. Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

FAX: Fax written requests for affidavits to: (512) 776-7544.

In Person: Requests for an affidavit may be made in-person at:

Texas Department of State Health Services
1100 West 49th Street
Austin, Texas 78756 

NOTE: No requests will be filled at the time of hand-delivery. All affidavit forms will be mailed to you via U.S. Postal Service so use an address that is able to receive mail.

Texas Strong

Help Texas Families by Sharing Student Enrollment Information

Please share this information with families you know who may need it and are not able to access the internet right now. This information is also published in the announcement section of the Texas state page on the NVIC's Advocacy Portal.

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First of Its Kind Survey Shows Vaccinated Children Get Sicker

Posted: 8/24/2017 3:11:12 PM | with 0 comments
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One of the first formal assessments of longer-term health outcomes associated with the routine childhood vaccination program in the U.S. concludes that vaccinated children are more likely to be diagnosed with a chronic illness compared to unvaccinated children.

The carefully designed cross-sectional survey used responses from 415 mothers of 666 homeschooled children between ages six and twelve who were fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated or not vaccinated. Participants were asked about forty acute and chronic illnesses. Children in the vaccinated group were less likely to have had chickenpox or pertussis, and vaccinated children were more likely to have been diagnosed with middle ear infections and pneumonia. There were no other meaningful differences between the groups for other diseases targeted by vaccines.

The study reveals that vaccination and preterm birth were associated with a 6.6-fold increase in odds of a neurodevelopmental disorder. Another published paper revealed similar findings but with a 14.5-fold increase in vaccinated preterm infants. These results suggest that the accepted practice of giving preterm infants the same schedule of vaccines as term infants should be reconsidered.

The government recommended pediatric vaccine schedule has dramatically increased the numbers of vaccines and total doses of vaccines given to infants and children over the past few decades. The schedule now includes vaccines targeting not only life threatening diseases, but non-deadly diseases as well, as public health officials attempt to minimize prolonged absences from school or work. The increase in childhood vaccinations coincides with a rise in debilitating chronic illness and neurodevelopmental disorders in children, which often last a lifetime. While the results of the study cannot be used to prove that increased vaccination is causing an increase in chronic disease and disability, the strength and consistency of the findings support the conclusion that “some aspect of the current vaccination program may be contributing to risks of childhood morbidity.”

Read the full article First of Its Kind Survey Shows Vaccinated Children Get Sicker in the NVIC’s online paper The Vaccine Reaction, and the full study published in the Journal of Translation Science. To read more about studies comparing vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals read What the News Isn’t Saying About Vaccine-Autism Studies, Vaccination May Increase Risk of Rare Psychiatric Childhood Disorders, Another Backward Epidemiological Cohort Study, and Thimerosal Monkey Study Fuels Media Smugfest Despite Unanswered Questions. Watch the CDC’s Dr. Boyle give Congressional testimony about vaccine safety studies.

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Back to the Future: Shalala Takes Away Compensation for DPT Injured Children

Posted: 8/14/2017 2:28:52 PM | with 0 comments

The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 was established after years of negotiations as a non-adversarial alternative to lawsuits against drug companies and physicians for vaccine injury and death. The law set up a compensation program funded by surcharges on each vaccine given. Within the first seven years, more than 500 million dollars were awarded to victims of vaccines, most of whom were injured or killed by the whole cell pertussis vaccine in the DPT shot. 

Unhappy that so many awards were being given for DPT injuries and deaths, and because each award was an acknowledgement that the vaccine can kill and injure, Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala and officials at the CDC and attorneys in the U.S. Department of Justice actively worked to defy the law and will of Congress by taking actions to substantially weaken the compensation and safety provisions.

In February 1995, Shalala published final rules in the Federal Register that made it impossible for most children injured or killed by DPT vaccine to receive compensation under the no-fault federal vaccine injury compensation program. Beginning in March 1995, only anaphylaxis occurring within four hours and encephalopathy/encephalitis occurring within 72 hours of a DPT vaccination (or resulting in hospitalization) would be presumed to be associated with DPT vaccination. As one lawyer who represented vaccine injured children in the US Court of Claims commented, “Nobody will ever quality.” 

After March 1995, a child who suffered classic pertussis vaccine reaction symptom such as high pitched screaming, collapse/shock, bulging fontanelle, or seizures within 72 hours of a DPT vaccination, and who sustained permanent neurological damage (including residual seizure disorder), would no longer be presumed to have suffered a vaccine injury in order to be eligible for “no fault” compensation in the federal program. This meant that attorneys representing children suffering those DPT vaccine reaction symptoms followed by permanent injury or death would have to prove causation in the U.S. Court of Claims whenever the Secretary of Health and the Justice Department refused to award compensation.

Commenting on Shalala’s move to make it nearly impossible for DPT vaccine injured children to receive federal compensation, NVIC Director Kathi Williams stated, “America no longer has a vaccine injury compensation program.”

The Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines (ACCV) requested that Shalala indefinitely postpone the effective date of the new rule that removed seizure disorders from the vaccine injury table for DPT and changed the definition of encephalopathy, but the Secretary Shalala refused. In her zeal to cover up DPT vaccine injuries by denying federal compensation, Secretary Shalala took the case of Maggie Whitecotton, who had been left severely brain injured after a DPT vaccine reaction as an infant, all the way to the U.S. Supreme court in an effort to take away vaccine injury compensation Maggie had been awarded in the U.S. Court of Claims. 

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