NOTE: Stop Mandatory Vaccination’s original text is in black; red is used to highlight statements meant to incite fear, and false statements are in italics. My additions are in blue. I’m not going to correct their grammatical errors; the original text is “as is”. If you would like to read the original post, without all my notes, it can be found, HERE.
Vaccine Adverse Effects: Known Risks
The list of adverse side effects for vaccines is long and troubling. A quick scan of the Vaccine Injury Table kept by the Health Resource Center for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reveals that compensation for injury is possible from a variety of the most common vaccines given to children.
The vaccine injury table can be found, HERE. I’ve notice a habit throughout this article, of claiming things without providing a source. Mr. Cook uses “adverse event” and “side effect” interchangeably, these two things are not the same at all.
Adverse Event: “Any untoward medical occurrence that may present during treatment with a pharmaceutical product but which does not necessarily have a causal relationship with this treatment.” (Any medical event; a car accident, an incident related to a pre-existing condition, even suicide.)
Side Effect: “Any result of a drug or therapy that occurs in addition to the intended effect, regardless of whether it is beneficial or undesirable.”
Cherry picking is when only specific evidence is presented to sway favor for an argument. Cherry picking is a logical fallacy, which I’ve seen presenting itself numerous times throughout this article. Mr. Cook cites package inserts, but only areas of the package inserts which he believes help his cause. This is a very dishonest tactic.There is way more to the package insert than the “Adverse Events” section.
Read a more detailed article about package inserts, HERE.
The confirmation bias is strong with Stop Mandatory Vaccination.
Notice that Mr. Cook is telling you to only trust specific areas presented by government agencies, which confirm his belief that vaccines are dangerous. Additionally, don’t trust pharmaceutical companies, but trust their package inserts. This is the perfect example of a confirmation bias.
Adverse events are the reason the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has paid out over 3 billion dollars from 1988 – 2014 (another repeat, addressed in part 1) despite the fact that only 1 in 5 claims receives any compensation at all. From 1/1/2006 to 12/31/2014; 2,199 out of 3,451 claims received compensation. In fact, the NVICP has a higher success rate than traditional litigation, it is easier to make a claim, and reasonable legal costs are paid for no matter if the case is successful or not. Of course some cases will be dismissed, not every case has sufficient evidence that the injury in question is causally linked to vaccines.
The current Vaccine Injury Compensation Report can be found, HERE.
A detailed breakdown of NVICP facts can be found, HERE.
You can learn more by reading this official document: National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
A NVICP Fact Sheet can be found, HERE.
Studies reveal that a small fraction of those injured by vaccines ever file any claim at all since most doctors reject the notion that a problem was caused by a vaccine despite the reality that such problems are listed on the manufacturers product insert.
Mr. Cook doesn’t cite these “studies” I am going to assume that they do not exist (I can’t find them). Always remain skeptical of someone who makes claims without providing sources; sometimes their sources simply do not exist, or do not say what they believe they say. If they cite a study, ask for the study. The term “package inserts” has been repeated multiple times in this post, I have already discussed them.
Vaccines: Adverse Effects List
I have noted conditions which are table injuries; these are conditions which are verified to *possibly* be caused by vaccines in extremely rare incidences. The other conditions listed here were either taken from the package insert’s Adverse Event Section (already discussed) or VAERS. I will discuss VAERS later in this post.
Note, “sequela” means a condition or event which can be caused by a condition listed in the Vaccine Injury Table.
Additional note, all of the table injuries are not associated with every vaccine. Please look at the Vaccine Injury Table, HERE, to see which table injuries associate with a given vaccine.
Various vaccines are linked to the following serious adverse reactions: (misleading statement, not all are known reactions)
Anaphylactic shock, table injury
“Just 33 people had a serious, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction — also known as anaphylaxis — out of 25 million vaccines given”
Aseptic meningitis, meningitis
Bell’s palsy, facial palsy, isolated cranial nerve palsy
Blood disorders such as thrombocytopenic purpura (a disease that destroys platelets need for clotting)
Thrombocytopenic Purpura, table injury
Study: There were 197 chart-confirmed cases out of 1.8 million children in the cohort. This extremely small risk exists only after the MMR vaccine.
Brachial neuritis, table injury
-Baseline incidence of 1.64 cases per 100,000 persons (only 15% of that is vaccine related).
– Most cases of acute brachial plexus neuritis occur in males between 20 and 60 years of age, although it has been less commonly reported in other age groups.
Cerebrovascular accident (stroke)
Chronic rheumatoid arthritis
Chronic Arthritis, table injury
-“Some live virus vaccines, especially rubella (German measles), do cause an arthritis that may last for several weeks, similar to arthritis caused by other viruses, such as parvovirus (Fifth disease). This type of arthritis spontaneously subsides and does not become rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.”
–Vaccination is very important for individuals with Rheumatoid arthritis, which is treated with immune suppressing medications. This presents an increased risk of infection, especially respiratory infection. RA patients are not permitted to take live virus vaccines.
-“In view of the resounding success of vaccines seen in the last two Centuries, many parents and also some health care workers gloss over the devastating consequences of diseases, which are now avoided thanks to vaccines, and direct their attention to the possible negative effects of immunization. A number of well-designed studies have refuted these misconceptions (1-3, 5, 9). There is strong evidence of the role of infection in the development of autoimmunity and overt autoimmune disease.”
– “Autoimmune disease may occur in the absence of vaccines; therefore it is unlikely that vaccines alone are a significant source of autoimmune diseases. It may be questioned whether vaccines increase the risk in some susceptible individuals. Without doubt, some individuals develop autoimmune diseases following vaccines but they are very rare. For the overwhelming majority of people (estimated at considerably over 99.99%) vaccines carry no risk of autoimmune disease whereas vaccines do save lives or save the quality of lives.”
Convulsions, seizures, febrile seizure
Febrile seizure: “Occur in 3 or 4 out of every 100 children between six months and five years of age, but most often around twelve to eighteen months old.” These are scary yet generally harmless seizures which can occur with any fever, not just a vaccine related fever.
Seizures and Convulsions are table injury sequela.
Death, is an extremely rare table injury sequela.
Encephalopathy and encephalitis (brain swelling), table Injury:
-I cannot find a rate associated with vaccine related encepalapathy.
– Vaccine related encephalopathy has been known to be misdiagnosed, when later children were found to actually be suffering with a rare disorder called Dravet syndrome (not vaccine related).
-Many vaccine preventable diseases are associated with encephalopathy. For instance measles has an encephalitis rate of 1 in 1000, and a death rate of 1-2 in 1000.
Intussusception, table Injury
-There is a baseline incidence of 1-4 per 1,000 (regardless of recent vaccination).
-Low risk vaccine associated with 1-5 cases per 100,000 infants.
-Rotavirus infections are a known cause of intussusception.
A detailed article about the rotavirus vaccine can be found, HERE.
Guillain-Barré syndrome, is not a table injury yet, but it is proposed addition.
-In the US the incidence of GBS is 1.2-3 per 100,000. -The risk of GBS increases with age; the highest incidence being in people aged 70-79 years, with a rate of 8.6 cases per 100,000.
-The lowest incidence is in people under 15 years of age, with an incidence of 1.5 in 100,000.
-These rates are not associated exclusively with post vaccination occurrences.
-“GBS is considered to be a post-infectious, immune-mediated disease targeting peripheral nerves. Up to two thirds of patients report an antecedent bacterial or viral illness prior to the onset of neurologic symptoms. Respiratory infections are most frequently reported, followed by gastrointestinal infections.”
Immune system disorders
Lymphatic system disorders
Nervous system disorders
Neurological syndromes including autism
Paralysis and myelitis including transverse myelitis
Pneumonia and lower respiratory infections
Skin and tissue disorders including eczema
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
Vaccine-strain versions of chicken pox, measles, mumps, polio, influenza, meningitis, yellow fever, and pertussis
Vaccine-Strain Measles Viral Infection in an Immunodeficient recipient, table injury.
-Honestly, I cannot find epidemiological information for this table injury. Essentially the risk is probably so low that it cannot be assigned a prevalence rate. The minuscule risk only exists for extremely Immunodeficient recipients of the MMR.
-The CDC Pink Book specifies which vaccines may be effective for people with various immune deficiencies.
Vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels)
You can find more adverse reactions reported on the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) database. Why yes, you can, but let’s talk about VAERS…
Created by Luci Baldwin
Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS)
-According to the CDC “If any health problem happens after vaccination, anyone – doctors, nurses, vaccine manufacturers, and any member of the general public – can submit a report to VAERS.”
Meaning, any health related event can be reported to VAERS by anyone. The event isn’t necessarily vaccine related, and can be self-reported therefore it’s not always medically verified.
–VAERS receives around 30,000 reports annually, with 13% classified as serious.
-This study concluded only 3% of VAERS reports were found to be definitely causally related to the vaccine received.
Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Vaccines
People have varied genetic makeup and individual responses so there isn’t a way to tell if a given vaccine will provide the benefit of immunity (efficacy has already been discussed), cause the illness it’s meant to prevent (misleading statement discussed below), or cause mild and/or serious neurologic illness or other “adverse events” (including death) (recall “adverse events” are not “side effects”) following vaccination in some individuals (it’s not a coin toss).
This paragraph begins with a highly illogical statement. In part one I discussed how vaccines work, refresher, HERE. This statement makes me ponder the question “do vaccine preventable diseases take your ‘varied genetic makeup’ into account before they infect you?” The answer is, NO, they just infect you. Since vaccines mimic infection, they are accomplishing the same thing natural infection does, with far less risk and without people having to get sick.
Vaccines “causing the illness they are meant to prevent”
According to the CDC:
-“Inactivated (killed) vaccine, it isn’t possible. Dead viruses or bacteria can’t cause disease. “
-“With live vaccines, some children get what appears to be a mild case of disease (for example, what looks like a measles or chickenpox rash, but with only a few spots). This isn’t harmful, and can actually show that the vaccine is working. A vaccine causing full-blown disease would be extremely unlikely.”
Vaccines are known to be problematic for a segment of the population with a specific mitochondrial genetic mutation which may affect up to 4,000 babies a year. Some of those with a particular form of this dysfunction are unable to detoxify the poisons such as aluminum or mercury that are in the vaccine. This inability to detoxify the metals causes damage to multiple organ systems with sometimes devastating results.
This is a vague claim, which yet again doesn’t have a source to back it up. I am going to wager a guess that Mr. Cook is speaking of the MTHFR gene mutation, which you can read more about, HERE. Essentially, the MTHFR gene provides instructions for making an enzyme that plays a role in processing amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. Alternative medical providers promote that a mutation of this gene causes, basically all of the problems one could possibly have (seriously, from addiction to miscarriage). In reality this mutation does not exist in the capacity that it is promoted to exist in. There is not proof of vaccine and MTHFR gene mutation associated danger; it is not a medically established reason to withhold vaccination from a child.
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In his 2004 testimony to Congress, Dr. Rashid Buttar [iv] (former vice chair of the American Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology and scientist at North Carolina State University) said that children with autism suffer from acute mercury toxicity which results in many imbalances, including systemic candidiasis, immune-suppression, immune dysfunctions, and gastrointestinal dysbiosis. He calls these conditions fires which resulted from one spark: mercury, including (and exacerbated by) the mercury in trace amounts still in childhood vaccines.
I’ve found that is guy is a really shady figure.
-Formerly he was under investigation for misconduct involving “unconventional treatments” for autistic children and cancer patients. He ultimately accepted a reprimand for this.
-Unfortunately he is allowed to continue practicing, as long as his patients sign a consent form acknowledging that his practices are not conventional.
-He has stated he spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, defending himself against this inquiry, which worked, as his license remained intact.
-It was found that he “exploited patients by charging exorbitant fees for unproven therapies that didn’t work.”
Yet another logical fallacy rears its ugly head. Dr. Buttar is the “former vice chair of the American Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology and scientist at North Carolina State University” this title is extremely fancy. Please note all the highlighted false statements in his “address to congress”(the whole thing). Essentially this guy practices Chelation therapy, this therapy is not an effective treatment for Autism. Chelation is dangerous and has killed children
More: Be Wary of “Board Certification” in Clinical Metal Toxicology
Testimony to Congress:
-Autistic children do NOT suffer from mercury toxicity.
-Again, vaccines do NOT cause Autism.
-Chronic candidiasis is a FAKE illness.
-There has been NO Thimerosal in vaccines since 2001.
Inadequate Testing of Vaccines
The problems associated with vaccines should lead manufacturers to conduct stringent testing. However, quite the opposite is true. In vaccine testing there is:
Vaccines development takes from 10-15 years. http://www.historyofvaccines.org/content/articles/vaccine-development-testing-and-regulation
According to the AAP vaccines are among the most rigorously tested pharmaceutical-biologic on the market.
No cumulative safety testing done prior to licensing.
“All vaccines are subjected to concomitant studies before they are approved for use, meaning that all new vaccines must be tested in conjunction with existing ones to ensure there are no negative interactions. Regulatory agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are careful to look for any side effects associated with concomitant use before approving a new vaccine.”
No placebo standard safety testing done.
There has been in the past, as addressed in the article “Debunking Myths About Vaccine Testing and Safety”.
Find out why this isn’t always possible and considered unethical, HERE.
No carcinogenic or mutagenic capacity testing done (even though vaccines contain animal DNA and carcinogens)
Vaccines are not carcinogenic.
No Observable Adverse Effect Level
-According to the EPA, a human could consume 0.2 mg of formaldehyde, per kg of body weight, every day, in addition to what their own body produces, without showing any adverse effects.”
-All of the formaldehyde combined in the first 6 years of vaccines, only equates to 1.824mg.
-“Carcinogenic effects (of formaldehyde) appear to be only related to inhalation”
A more detailed (and brilliant) explanation of this from Harpocrates Speaks (paraphrased above) can be found, HERE.
Vaccines are not mutagenic.
DNA is in vaccines, like how there is dirt in your carrot. Some viruses use cells as a growth medium, they are harvested from this medium before they are used in vaccines. Even if there was foreign “animal DNA” in vaccines it would not be a huge deal. All of us eat foreign DNA all the time. Stop Mandatory Vaccination wanting “mutagenic” testing on vaccines, is like saying we should test hamburgers to make sure they do not turn us into cows.
No route of exposure research to determine effective safe limits of ingredients
All of the ingredients in vaccines have known toxicity levels, this is an irrelevant statement.
Safety or toxicity of vaccines is studied for short term rather than long-term. Many studies are limited to just a few weeks. As noted above, vaccine development and testing takes 10-15 years.
When a vaccine is tested, it is given to healthy people and they are only given that one injection (not multiple injections at once, like a baby). The current CDC recommended schedule with a number of vaccines injected on a given day has never been tested. In essence, the current schedule is an experiment. This statement is repeated from above, and has already been addressed.
DEBUNKING MYTHS ABOUT VACCINE TESTING AND SAFETY By Dorit Reiss
Vaccines Introduced 1985-1991 Were Not Studied For Autism.
First, this is a misleading statement, these vaccines have since been studied, and again it has been found that vaccines do NOT cause autism.
As Dorit Reiss wrote in her article “Debunking Myths About Vaccine Testing and Safety (Linked above): “For example, at the point several vaccines were licensed, the concerns about autism were not as vivid as they are today; and therefore the clinical trials did not look at autism.”
Chronic health conditions in children began growing rapidly at the same time that new vaccines were introduced 1985-1991, now impacting 1 in 2 adolescents. Autism, ADHD, food allergies, bowel diseases, and other conditions began growing exponentially in the late 1980s.
Do I believe that organic food causes autism, no. Again correlation doesn’t necessarily equal causation. Stop Mandatory Vaccination doesn’t provide any sources proving that these conditions are the direct result of vaccination. The rise in these conditions could simply be related to medical advancement, and better diagnostic techniques.
The Hib vaccine was introduced in 1985, and replaced by the Hib conjugate vaccine in 1988, to avoid a death rate of 1 per 106,000 persons. The Hepatitis B vaccine was introduced for newborns in 1991 to avoid the risk of transmission from the mother which can occur in 1 in 480 births (Why would you not want to prevent that? Other modes of transmission are discussed below). Hep B is a blood-borne illness not transmitted by casual contact, so an infant is not at risk unless the mother is Hep B-positive. Learn more by reading the report created by Foundation for Pediatric Health.
Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
-The first vaccine to protect against Hib diseases was introduced in the United States in 1985; an improved vaccine was licensed two years later.
-“Because the spectrum of Hib disease ranges from meningitis to pneumonia, the types of complications vary depending on the type of Hib infection. Many of these are forms of neurologic damage, including blindness, deafness, and mental retardation.”
-“For Hib meningitis (the most common form of invasive Hib disease), the case fatality rate is 2-5%.”
-“Before Hib vaccination, about 20,000 children younger than five developed severe Hib disease in the United States each year, and about 1,000 died.”
Read more on the history of Hib and the Hib Vaccine, HERE.
According to the CDC, “Hepatitis B virus spreads through blood or other body fluids that contain small amounts of blood from an infected person. People can spread the virus even when they have no symptoms.” Chronic hepatitis B infection can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, and liver cancer.
“Babies and children can get hepatitis B in the following ways:
-At birth from their infected mother
-Being bitten by an infected person
-By touching open cuts or sores of an infected person
-Through sharing toothbrushes or other personal items used by an infected person
-From food that was chewed (for a baby) by an infected person
The virus can live on objects for 7 days or more. Even if you don’t see any blood, there could be virus on an object.”
“Prior to implementation of universal infant hepatitis B immunization, an estimated 16,000 children under 10 years of age were infected annually in the United States through exposure to HBsAg-positive household members or community contacts”
Foundation for Pediatric Health
This appears to be another round of the “Appeal to Authority” logical fallacy. It has a fancy name to make you think that maybe it’s run by pediatricians. The “foundation’s” website is one page with a vague mission statement; the website doesn’t tell you anything about who heads it. The kicker in all of this, the first thing you see on the website is a link to another website, which just so happens to be an anti-vaccination website. The whole thing looks like a trap to lure unsuspecting parents into something that looks legitimate, but it really isn’t. The provided source is actually from the anti-vaccination site, many of its claims are addressed, HERE.
This concludes Part 2 of the inaccuracies of Stop Mandatory Vaccination’s claims. Once again I welcome you to scroll back through after reading this; disregard my statements in green, and look at all the yellow and red. Recall that all the yellow is highlighting false statements, and all the red are things that incite fear. Stop mandatory Vaccine’s website is full of lies and fear mongering. They have a habit of making bold claims without providing any sources.
Thank you to everyone who helped me complete this entry, I could not have done this without you all! Thank you to people who gave me crash courses in things I couldn’t understand. Thank you to people who helped me find sources. Thank you to the people who are my sources! Thank you for those who edited and checked my claims for accuracy. These articles are really a community undertaking. THANK YOU!