61% of Vaccine Providers Don’t Know What a Vaccine Adverse Reaction Is

MB Comment: No wonder doctors say vaccines are perfectly safe, they don’t know what a vaccine adverse reaction is! Here is a quote from this new medical journal survey of vaccine providers (AE = adverse event). ‘Results indicate that if an AE was suspected, 17% of respondents would not know how to report it, with 61% of respondents citing unclear definitions of a reportable AE as a barrier and 18% of respondents unaware of whose responsibility it is to report an AE.’

My chapter of the book Vaccine Epidemic starts with the Merck Manual definition of a vaccine adverse reaction: Encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). This is an excerpt from my chapter (Merck Manual citations are in quotes): “Encephalitis can occur in the following ways: … A virus or vaccine triggers a reaction that makes the immune system attack brain tissue (an autoimmune reaction)” The Merck Manual further defines the symptoms of encephalitis: “Symptoms of encephalitis include fever, headache, personality changes or confusion, seizures, paralysis or numbness, sleepiness that can progress to coma and death.” Many tens of thousands of parents whose children were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder reported that their kids were progressing normally until they received one or many vaccines, after which they had fevers, headaches, seizures, personality changes, and were never the same again. The symptoms reported by parents are the same symptoms of encephalitis that are defined in The Merck Manual. Health authorities in charge of defending and expanding universal immunization programs label these same symptoms “a coincidence.”’

It gets worse. Even if vaccine providers on the front lines of sticking needles in people were to cause, observe and report a vaccine adverse reaction (such as described above) to the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) absolutely nothing would happen. The FDA collects those reports, puts them in a drawer and forgets about them. Here is the current body count in VAERs: Hepatitis B vaccine 50,275 reports – 979 deaths, DTaP vaccine (pertussis, diptheria, tetanus) 50,345 reports – 785 deaths, MMR vaccine 58,887 reports – 300 deaths, Gardasil vaccine 22,563 reports – 99 deaths.

Former FDA Commissioner David Kessler wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association that “only about 1% of serious adverse events are reported to the FDA.” This new study confirms the systematic under-reporting bias against vaccine adverse reactions. So multiply those VAERS reports cited above by 10 or 100 to get a better handle on the magnitude of the problem. Apparently, no number of VAERS vaccine adverse reaction reports is sufficient to cause the FDA or CDC to raise a red flag or withdraw a vaccine from the market.

It gets even worse: Paul Offit (new Institute of Medicine member) denies that vaccines cause brain damage, which directly contradicts the Merck Manual (the largest selling medical textbook). In a Time Magazine interview he stated unequivocally: ‘Vaccines don’t cause autism or brain damage.’

If you want to entrust yourself and your children to this Three Blind  Mice (see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil) vaccine system – that is certainly your right, but if something goes wrong don’t expect any recognition, sympathy or cure from the medical system. You’ll end up being a statistic in the FDA VAERS system and it will be labeled a coincidence. See the study below.

Listen to our Refusers song ‘It’s Only a Concidence.’


Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2011 Sep 29. doi: 10.1002/pds.2245. [Epub ahead of print]

Assessing vaccine safety communication with healthcare providers in a large urban county.

Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA; Department of Epidemiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA. dmeranus@uw.edu.



Vaccination is the primary public health tool for influenza control. Rapid assessment of the safety of any widely disseminated pandemic influenza vaccine is a public health priority. This study identifies practices, strengths, and weaknesses of vaccine-associated adverse event (AE) reporting to inform public health systems improvement.


A survey was developed with local and state health agencies’ input. After pre-testing, the survey was distributed online and via mail to a random sample of King County, WA, healthcare professionals, composed of 60 commercial vaccinator employees and school health nurses, 500 physicians, and 300 pharmacists.


The response rate was 36%. Results indicate that if an AE was suspected, 17% of respondents would not know how to report it, with 61% of respondents citing unclear definitions of a reportable AE as a barrier and 18% of respondents unaware of whose responsibility it is to report an AE.


Healthcare professionals who provide immunizations need additional information on their role in vaccine safety and AE reporting. Strengthening both passive and active reporting systems can enhance surveillance efforts during real-time events, such as mass immunization during a pandemic and other large-scale emergency countermeasure distribution programs.

Read the Study

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3 Responses to 61% of Vaccine Providers Don’t Know What a Vaccine Adverse Reaction Is

  1. In the aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling that vaccine manufacturers cannot be liable for harm caused by their products it is fitting, proper and now safe for them to disclose SIDS and Autism may represent adverse events to the DTaP and, perhaps other vaccines. It is never too late to acknowledge a prior omission in the name of the greater good. This is somewhat analagous and reminiscent of O. J. Simpson’s willingness, without risk to himself, to write a book about how the murderer may have oommitted and gotten away with the crime. In all likelihood the insertion of these potential adverse events, in this case, will work out favorably for the manufacturers. It will give “vaccinators” another reason to withhold disclosure of this danger. tParents and pregnant women will instead be told the benefits exceed the risks. Manufacturer responsibility will now be comfortably shifted and shared with the vaccine “givers” and “takers.” If something does go wrong—and it certainly will—it becomes a “we told you this might happen.”

  2. Donna Cousparis says:

    All I have ever heard was “you cannot get sick from a flu shot!” Last time I was sick,antibiotics were 1 pill a day for 10 days. I have taken several flu shots over the years. Had one this year Wed Oct 12. Sat Oct 15 started getting chills and ache in the evening. Continued into Sunday. Thought maybe coming down with a cold. I never had a runny nose or sore throat. Continued to chill and feel achy. I am a cashier at a Home Improvement store and continued to go to work feeling not good but could not exactly put a name to my malady. I had not realized my breathing was being affected.Just one woke up with heavy sweats. All this time could not sleep. Finally, Fri. 21 my daughter took me to the Dr. First question was.have you had a flu shot?Sure, 3days before I got sick.I was given antibiotics, an inhaler,cough syrup and told this will take about a week to clear up. Just a hazard of working with the public. Was it coincidence?Bet I do not get a flu shot next year! I just wonder, finding your web site, If any one else has had any kind of episode. To say 100 per cent that flu shots are totally harmless to all seems a bit idealistic.

  3. Sandy L says:

    There is no incentive for doctors to report adverse events following vaccines to VAERS. There is both time and paperwork involved and doctors have been known to experience unpleasantness from manufacturers after having reported adverse events.

    It is also natural that doctors do not wish to admit to patients that vaccines which they recommended have caused adverse events.

    Vaccine package inserts often give the contact information for the manufacturer before that of VAERS. This is surely unwise. If the manufacturers are contacted, there is no incentive for them to further report adverse effects of their products to VAERS.

    One of many examples: The package insert for Gardasil invites adverse events to be reported with this formulation:
    “To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Merck & Co., Inc. at 1-877-888-4231 or VAERS at 1-800-822-7967 or http://www.vaers.hhs.gov”.

    The vaccine manufacturer’ s name and contact information are stated first. The company is given ample opportunity to become involved in many cases and to manipulate reports.

    Generally, manufacturers will be tempted to employ every possible means to avoid adverse events being reported to VAERS.

    Manufacturers have been known to threaten doctors who are negative towards their products and to liberally pay those who are positive.

    Similarly, parents and doctors who have contacted manufacturers about adverse events have been influenced so that their cases are kept quiet.

    Cases which have been forwarded from manufacturers to VAERS are often incomplete or misleading.

    It is maintained that a large number of cases which are reported by manufacturers to VAERS are in this category and are therefore not included in the statistics for adverse events.

    It is questionable whether manufacturers should be directly involved in reporting adverse event to VAERS as this may well be a case of the fox guarding the henhouse.

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