Are Vaccines Safe and Effective?


A Comprehensive Look at Vaccines: Part 5 of 12

The Most Important Question

The most important question for most people is: are vaccines safe and effective? More and more, parents want to know if they if they are putting their child’s well-being at risk by vaccinating, and whether they will be protected as a result. Unfortunately, the hard evidence tells us that not all children who go through the vaccination process come out unharmed or protected. The evidence also tells us that vaccines are not always effective, and in many cases, they are not effective at all. There is even compelling evidence linking vaccines to autism which we will discuss later in this series in part 9, but let’s take a look at vaccine safety and efficacy first.

What is the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program?

In 1986, pharmaceutical lobbying resulted in Congress passing the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. This created the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, or VICP. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Vaccine Court’, VICP does not refer to a court with a jury, but is actually an administrative procedure that serves to protect the pharmaceutical industry from civil litigation based on injuries and deaths that result from vaccines. Whenever federal health officials determine that compensation is not due a family who petitions them for vaccine related injury or death, the case is heard by an administrator in US Claims Court.

Drug companies are not required to take part in the proceedings and taxpayers foot the bill for any damages awarded. There is no discovery process required for a hearing in vaccine court, thereby keeping potentially incriminating evidence obscured. Circumventing the standard legal process in this way shields drug companies from liability for the vaccines they manufacture and sell while also keeping such litigation and its findings out of the public view. In the video, the mother of a child injured by vaccines characterized the vaccine court process as: “Government attorneys defend a government program using government-funded science, decided by federal bureaucrats trying to keep their government jobs.”

In 1988, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was created as a result of the National Vaccine Injury Act. To date, more than $3 billion has been paid out to thousands of people for vaccine injuries. This huge amount is telling, as the system is specifically designed to make it difficult to win these awards. It also tells us that vaccines are obviously not as safe as we are led to believe.

The most troubling part of the compensation program is that it completely absolves pharmaceutical companies of any legal recourse regarding vaccine products. We see how these companies have conducted themselves when faced with litigation, and now they are completely shielded and have the American taxpayers pick up the tab with nothing to motivate them to make vaccines that are safe and effective. Also, because there is no discovery process in the VICP, pharmaceutical companies do not have to disclose any damaging data with their product.

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In her July, 2015 article, Sally Fallon Morell, President of The Weston A. Price Foundation, describes the VICP:

“The biggest impediment to the vaccine producers was huge lawsuits for vaccine injuries; the VICP gave the pharmaceutical companies immunity from prosecution for injuries, and paved the way for the rapid growth of the vaccine industry. Compensation comes from a seventy-five cent tax on each vaccine given.”

In the same article, Fallon Morell describes how certain VICP data has simply disappeared from public view:

Since January of 2014, twice as many victims have won compensation than the previous eight years combined. In these cases, the vaccine court ruled the evidence showed vaccines “more likely than not” caused the plaintiff’s injuries. Also on the rise is the number of vaccine injury cases the government has “conceded”: up 55 percent in a little over one year. However in March the federal government removed the latest vaccine injury court statistics—more than a year’s worth of data—from one of its publicly reported charts.

Fallon Morell explains that changing the monthly report means that the public cannot see “…the recent sharp rise in court victories for plaintiffs who claimed that they or their children were seriously injured or killed by one or more vaccines. For example, the number of flu vaccine cases conceded by the government since January of 2014 is more than double the previous eight years combined. The adjudication chart only reflects half of the current number.”

You can review the HRSA’s ‘monthly statistics report’ on VCIP cases for yourself. You will be able to verify that this data is aggregate, versus a monthly report. Therefore, the government’s report is of no use in identifying current safety threats posed by any particular vaccine.

What Is VAERS?

VAERS is an acronym for Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System which is a national safety surveillance program co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which was started in 1990. VAERS was created to track adverse events after the administration of routine vaccines.

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In response to The National Childhood Vaccine Act (NCVIA) of 1986, health officials and vaccine manufacturers are supposed to report to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) adverse events that arise from routine vaccinations. An adverse event can range from a small side effect to more serious injury and death.

According to their website, VAERS receives around 30,000 adverse event reports annually with 13% classified as serious (e.g., associated with disability, hospitalization, life threatening illness or death). That works out to around 4,000 cases per year. What is not usually discussed, but is openly admitted by VAERS, is that because this is a self-reporting system and diagnosing adverse events can be very subjective, it is estimated that only 1-10% of all adverse reactions are ever reported to VAERS. Doctors have been conditioned to not connect a child’s subsequent maladies with vaccine visits, therefore the bulk of the cases go unreported. 

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When we look at the trend in reported incidents, VAERS cases are rising steadily every year. So far, 2014 had the most reported cases of adverse events following vaccines, with a record 38,519 reports.


In her November 2005 article, Lynn Borne describes the multiple problems with VAERS: “When a vaccine is released onto the market, post-marketing surveillance is supposed to track any negative reactions from the millions of people taking the newly released vaccine. However, not only is the adverse reporting system entirely voluntary, 90 to 99 percent of all adverse reactions are never reported…”.  Borne points out that “….no oversight of any kind ensures that reports made directly to the pharmaceutical companies are then forwarded to the FDA–the process is run entirely by the “honor system.”

Borne goes on to discuss President Bush’s Smallpox Vaccination Program of 2003.  “Before the program, the public was repeatedly told to expect death rates from the vaccine of one to two per million.” In fact, she states, 3 deaths occurred out of about 36,000 civilians who received the vaccine. “This makes the actual death rate 80 times higher than that which the CDC told the public to expect. Serious adverse reactions such as brain swelling, heart inflammation, heart attacks, uncontrolled ulceration of the skin, among others, were one in 583, seven times higher than the CDC’s original guesstimate of one in four thousand. And yet medical authorities and mainstream news continue to use the old, inaccurate numbers rather than update the risk estimate as they should.”

Borne noted that “…just as with childhood vaccination reactions, reporting adverse reactions during the smallpox vaccine was not mandatory and was also limited to an arbitrary and ill-defined time frame of 2-4 weeks.” She points out that we cannot know what deaths and injuries actually occurred as a result of the vaccine in the months and years that followed. Borne concludes: “All of these important risks should have been studied and tracked for an honest assessment of the true risk of this vaccine, but researchers missed this valuable opportunity due to the usual shoddy and incomplete tracking system that reflects the poor science behind vaccine development.”

Are Vaccines Safe?

While the exact number of cases may be debated, what the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program and VAERS clearly show us is that vaccines sometimes have life altering negative consequences. This is an inarguable fact. Once our government decided that pharmaceutical companies weren’t going to be responsible for the safety of the vaccines they manufacture, they had to create some kind of system for handling vaccine injuries.  Our federal government had to create a multi-billion dollar Vaccine Injury Compensation trust fund to compensate vaccine injured children and set up a reporting system to track serious adverse vaccine reactions, up to and including death.

This shows that, without a doubt, vaccines are in fact NOT safe for everyone.

In my opinion, what is forgotten in the debate, but could end up having the greatest impact on our children’s health, is that we have no idea about the long term safety of vaccines. There are no long term studies on this topic. Vaccine trials typically last for only 4-8 weeks and are simply not designed to determine long term vaccine health effects. There have also been no studies performed on the combination of multiple vaccines typically given in one doctors visit. By design, these clinical trials test for effectiveness, not safety, and short or long term health effects are not even on the radar. Scientists are only looking to see if the vaccine creates the desired response that can produce antigens so the drug can obtain FDA approval.

For example, look at the Flulaval (flu vaccine) package insert below.  Outlined in red it clearly states ” Safety and effectiveness of Flulaval in pediatric patients have not been established.” You can also add pregnant women to that statement because there is no data showing safety for this population either, yet this vaccine is widely promoted for babies starting at 6 months and for pregnant women.

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Lest you think this particular package insert is an exception to the rule, you can visit this site to download the package insert from any number of vaccines.  This site also contains a link to the current approved U.S. vaccine schedule. Reading every vaccine package insert in depth will certainly yield a great deal of information that contradicts the popular message about vaccine safety, but you don’t have to rely solely on them for your research. There are a number of highly credible experts in the field who have shared their own concerns about vaccine safety.

Dr. J. Anthony Morris, Former Chief Vaccine Control Officer and Research Virologist, US FDA

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In July, 2014, The Washington Post published Dr. Morris’ obituary, which noted that he was “forced into retirement after public disagreements with superior officers over the efficiency of federal vaccine programs and the effectiveness of influenza vaccines”. According to the obituary, “he accused the government of basing its mass vaccine programs for flu primarily on claims made by pharmaceutical manufacturers.” Dr. Morris went on the Phil Donahue Show in 1976 and told America that the Swine Flu vaccine he’d been testing at the FDA was neither safe nor effective.  He was subsequently fired for insubordination after going public with his concerns.  A paper titled Whistleblowing and research integrity: making a difference through scientific freedom, currently in press in the Handbook of Academic Integrity, notes that Dr. Morris was correct.  The swine flu vaccine “…led to deaths or paralysis in hundreds of cases, and the incidence of swine flu was seven times higher for those who received it than those who did not.”

If you’re interested in accessing more facts, quotes, opinions and graphics regarding the safety of vaccines, you can take a look at the compendium on this blog and follow any given citation wherever it may lead.  If you want to see what the body of research actually says about vaccine safety and effectiveness, you can pick up a copy Neil Z. Miller’s just published book, “Miller’s Review of Critical Vaccine Studies: 400 Important Scientific Papers Summarized for Parents and Researchers”, wherein he summarizes the results of 400 scientific studies on the topic.

Some More VAERS Data

The HPV Vaccine is relatively new and was one of the vaccines that was fast tracked to market. As you can see from the chart below, safety is not a real concern for vaccine makers. Keep in mind that VAERS only captures a fraction of adverse events, per the former head of the FDA, and this chart reflects adverse events following the administration of only one of the scheduled vaccines (HPV vaccine) during a 6-year period. For a more thorough discussion of the safety and effectiveness of the HPV vaccine, check out this short video.

Source: SANE Vax Inc.
Source: SANE Vax Inc.

Is The Current Vaccination Schedule Safe?

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Up to 13 Vaccines in One Visit?

Why are we giving our children so many doses in one visit? We have seen some immediate deadly reactions with some children taking multiple vaccines. Some anecdotal evidence is this case where a doctor gave a 6 month old 13 doses in one visit and the baby died 5 days later. Another one-year-old died after six doses in one visit.  A four month old baby died after receiving 7 vaccines in one visit. What are the consequences of so many shots at once, on an undeveloped immune system? The answer, again, is that we don’t know. There is no research on the safety of receiving multiple vaccinations in one visit, yet that policy is strongly promoted. I don’t want to sound like I’m nitpicking but we have thousands of children being vaccine-injured every year, as well as a whole host of autoimmune diseases and neurodevelopmental disorders manifesting in our children with increasing frequency. What could be the justification for our regulatory agencies failing to require this kind of research? Isn’t it strange that the CDC would recommend 6 vaccines at once for a 2 month old infant without any proof whatsoever that 1) individual vaccines are safer for children than forgoing them and 2) all the recommended vaccines can be given safely in combination?

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Dr. Paul Offit (vaccine patent owner and widely accepted mainstream vaccine authority) tells us: “Vaccines are not a belief system, they are an evidence-based system,” he said. “Vaccines stand on a mountain of evidence — you don’t have to believe in vaccines any more than you have to believe in gravity or evolution.”

  In fact, Dr. Offit’s studies show that in theory, healthy infants could safely get up to 100,000 vaccines at once.”

Dr. Offit later backed down to 10,000 vaccines at once. How can Dr. Offit or any responsible person advocate such nonsense, in the absence of any studies to back up the safety of receiving even 3 shots at once? What Dr. Offit should have actually said is: ‘In my opinion, it is safe to take 100,000 or 10,000 vaccines at once.’ When vaccines are tested, they are only done one at a time.  When administering 3, 6 or 10 vaccines at once, you are administering dozens of ingredients and chemicals that interact with one another and with the unique physiology of each recipient.

U.S.: Highest Vaccination Rate & Infant Mortality Rate


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Is there a link between Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and vaccinations? A 1983 study was conducted to determine if there is a temporal association between DTP immunization and SIDS. The following is a quote directly from the findings of the published study:

These SIDS deaths were significantly more than expected were there no association between DTP immunization and SIDS.

And this:

These data suggest a temporal association between DTP immunization, physician visits without DTP immunization and SIDS.

Don’t be misled by the red herring (doctor’s visits) in this research. It sounds like the authors might have started out earnestly seeking an answer but by the time the study got published, someone thought it was a good idea to throw in another variable to muddy the waters.  Of course, we already know that babies are scheduled for well child exams during the period of time when SIDS is most likely to occur.  It would have been heartening to see a more thorough analysis of these findings to determine more precisely why babies who died of SIDS were more likely to have recently received a DTP vaccine.

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Green Med info published an article about a study titled: “Adverse events following Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccines in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, 1990-2013, which references CDC and FDA’s denial of any link between vaccines and SIDS despite their own research data. Author Sayer Ji asks the question: “…what happens when the actual evidence from the scientific and clinical literature produced by these very agencies contradicts their own vaccine policies?” 

This is exactly what has happened with the publication of a new study in the Journal of Pediatrics titled ,“Adverse Events following Haemophilus influenzae Type b Vaccines in the Vaccine Adverse Event ReportingSystem, 1990-2013,” wherein CDC and FDA researchers identify 749 deaths linked to the administration of the Hib vaccine, 51% of which were sudden infant death linked to the administration of Hib vaccine.

Despite the shocking findings outlined above, the conclusion reads: “Review of VAERS reports did not identify any new or unexpected safety concerns for Hib vaccines.”  Odd, no? I’m no scientist, but I certainly have some safety concerns.  At the very least, you might imagine the authors would have some recommendations for further study based on their findings. The findings should have been alarming, but the only thing that gets reported is the unsubstantiated conclusion.

Not unlike many studies whose findings threaten the safe and effective message, this one was buried by publisher Elsevier, who charges outrageous prices to access it. Here’s another funny thing.  The authors of this study work for CDC and the FDA, which is to say, organizations that are supposed to work for the American taxpayer.  We funded the study, but we have to pay $30 to view it for 24 hours. 

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Source: Vaccine Choice Canada – Raymond Obomsawin
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Source: Vaccine Choice Canada – Raymond Obomsawin

More Safety Issues 

There are many published articles that report on the injuries from vaccines but they are rarely publicized in the U.S.

An article published in 2014 in The Japan Times explained some of what has happened in that country relative to vaccine related injuries and deaths:

  • In the 1970s, about 300 victims and relatives of children who died after receiving vaccinations against smallpox and other diseases in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka fought against the government and won compensation in the 1980s and ’90s.
  • Japan introduced the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine in 1989 but was forced to take it off the shelves four years later after about 2,000 people suffered side effects that included aseptic meningitis.
  • These incidents led to a major revision of the Preventive Vaccination Law in 1994, with lawmakers deciding to recategorize vaccination from being mandatory to one that is routine and optional.

The Japan Times article cites statistics compiled by the health ministry which reveal that 38 infants died after receiving the Haemophilus influenzae type B or streptococcus pneumoniae vaccines between 2011 and 2014. There were more than 2,000 complaints lodged as a result of side effects of the new HPV vaccine. Japan withdrew its recommendation for HPV vaccine in 2013.

The same article discusses the opinion of Hiroko Mori, the former head of the infectious disease section at the Institute of Public Health in Japan:

“Medicine is supposed to be about healing, but babies who cannot speak are being given unnecessary shots because parents are scared. Children are losing their ability to heal naturally.”

“There are so many people who have suffered side effects (from vaccination),” Mori says. “All we are asking is to establish the right to say ‘no.’ The right to choose should be recognized as a fundamental human right.”


How Vaccines Should Be Tested

It just makes sense that if you want to learn the effects of a particular drug or vaccine, you would compare what happens in a group of people exposed to it, versus what happens in a group not exposed to it. This is the cornerstone of sound scientific methodology and it is used to ensure that research results are valid and reliable.  In science, valid means you’re measuring what you think you’re measuring and reliable means you get the same results in multiple trials.  The scientific method requires that credible research is both valid and reliable.   The first two charts below illustrate how scientist achieve validity and reliability by using a placebo-controlled research design.

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How Vaccines Are Typically Tested: 

The illustrations below document two examples of actual clinical vaccine trials.  Vaccine trials are very often conducted using flawed research designs, whereby there is no true placebo. In these trials, instead of the control group receiving a harmless placebo, they receive everything in the vaccine except for the active ingredient.  That means they are injected with some or all of the same chemicals and byproducts present in the vaccine, minus the virus itself.

By doing this, researchers deliberately skew the results in favor of safety.  There is never a way to compare outcomes between those who receive the vaccine and those who do not.  In fact, they have to go to some level of trouble and expense to distort the process in this way, but it reaps dividends for them by helping them avoid gathering data which would be hard to explain or justify. In other words, maybe the virus they’re injecting could be safe, but the aluminum, for example, is not.  If this were the case, this kind of flawed research would never reveal it.

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You Will Not Find What You’re Not Looking For

When we see how vaccines are tested, and the utter lack of important testing, it’s really not surprising that there are so many VAERS reports on vaccines. As the examples above demonstrate, clinical vaccine trials are actually designed to avoid gathering data that would yield information about overall safety of the product. This fact, in and of itself, should be cause for sincere concern.  It is clear that drug makers actively avoid learning of adverse effects, rather than strive to discover and remedy them.

The utter lack of true placebo-controlled vaccine trials is a glaring problem and it reflects a deliberate choice on the part of regulatory agencies and drug companies to look the other way when it comes to vaccine safety.  It smacks of collusion among these entities and shows an utter disregard for those they would mandate be vaccinated. Anyone citing clinical vaccine trials that were conducted in this manner as the basis for their argument for vaccine safety or effectiveness is either naive or deceptive; they are either the dupers or the duped. Flawed research in vaccine clinical trials yields data that is neither valid nor reliable and this is at the heart of the trust issue, particularly among skeptics who are schooled in the sciences.

Are Vaccines Effective?

The answer to this question is: we don’t know. We know that most vaccines produce antigens for some people but we have no conclusive evidence on how that really translates into immunity. If we believe the medical journals, vaccines have varied efficacy rates. However, we have MANY (too many to fit in this article) documented cases that prove that vaccines were not effective, and it is reasonable to suspect there are many others that we don’t know about. These cases not only challenge the effectiveness of vaccines, they also show that vaccine acquired herd immunity is not a viable theory.

In a study published in the British Journal of Medicine, researchers found that influenza vaccines have had little or no effect on reducing the incidence of influenza.

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When we look at the historical graphs and see where vaccines were introduced in relation to disease down-trends, it is really difficult to identify vaccines as the cause. It seems much more likely that improvements in sanitation accounted for the decline. We go into further detail about this topic later in this article and in greater depth in Part 8 of this series.

Recent Cases That Question Vaccine Effectiveness

For years, China has experienced measles outbreaks despite the fact that 99% of the population has been vaccinated. In 2014 there was a well- documented flu outbreak aboard a US Navy minesweeper, among a highly vaccinated population. The FDA released a notice in 2013 reporting that the pertussis vaccine did not prevent pertussis, noting outbreaks among the fully vaccinated: “There were 48,000 cases reported last year despite high rates of vaccination,” said Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. These are just a handful of examples that point to major problems with vaccine effectiveness.

Here is another article that further calls into question the effectiveness of vaccines. A February, 2015, NBC article titled, Flu Vaccine Doesn’t Work in Europe, goes into some detail about the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine. The article notes that the flu vaccine was almost completely ineffective last year against the flu that was present in Europe and the U.S., protecting only about 3 percent of those vaccinated, as estimated by British health officials. According to this article, U.S. health officials said the flu vaccine reduced disease risk by 23 percent.

In fact, a study published in the journal Eurosurveillance in February, 2015, found that the overall vaccine effectiveness in preventing influenza was 3.4 percent.

This information makes you wonder whether there might be a connection between the highly ineffective 2014-2015 flu vaccine and the disappearance of the VICP data we discussed earlier. In a June, 2015 article, Sharyl Attkisson describes what amounts to a flu shot catastrophe, where the number of flu vaccine cases conceded by the government was more than double the previous eight years combined. The government altered the way it reports data at exactly the same time people were receiving a very ineffective flu shot that was also especially dangerous. Attkisson sorted out the data that has become obscured by the new reporting format in her article titled “Government Wipes Recent Injury Data From Website.”

Reno County, Kansas has been experiencing an outbreak of pertussis, commonly referred to as whooping cough. An August, 2015 article in Natural News reports: “A majority of the people coming down with whooping cough in Reno County, Kansas, were vaccinated against the disease, according to the county’s health department.”

A spokesperson for Hutchinson Schools took it further, noting that every case he had seen was in a vaccinated child.

A July, 2015 article published in The Vaccine Reaction, Pertussis in Reno County: Another Outbreak Among the Vaccinated?, explains that most of the people contracting pertussis in outbreaks across the country have been fully vaccinated.

Dr. Anne Schuchat is the director of the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. In an article titled “CDC: Whooping Cough Heading to a 50-Year High,” published by WebMD Health News on July 19, 2012, Dr. Schuchat is reported to have said that “better diagnosis and reporting of whooping cough may be contributing to the increased numbers, along with the fact that the disease tends to peak and wane in cycles. It does not appear that anti-vaccination sentiment among parents has contributed to either the national rise in cases or the Washington State epidemic.”

Note the following excerpt from “Immunized People Getting Whooping Cough” published by KPBS of San Diego State University on June 12, 2014:

“Most of the people who got whooping cough in San Diego County so far this year were up to date with their immunizations, according to county data. Of the 621 people who contracted the illness, 85% had all their preventative shots—calling into question the efficacy of the vaccine.”

In 2012, Reuters published an article about a study published in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal. In looking at 132 patients who tested positive for pertussis, the researchers discovered that 81% of them had received all of the recommended pertussis vaccines and boosters and 11% had received at least one round of the vaccine. 

In 2012, there was a major outbreak of pertussis in Vermont. As of August 10 of that year, public health officials had determined that 90% of 178 infected children in the state between the ages of six months and 18 years old had received at least one dose of the pertussis vaccine, and that about 80% of them had gotten 5-6 doses.

Based on what we know and on what even the CDC has admitted, the pertussis vaccine cannot be considered effective.  

Here is an article documenting a 2015 Today Show segment, titled Flu Vaccine Barely Working This Year, CDC Says” which goes into more detail. The segment notes “The flu vaccine is barely protecting people this year – reducing the risk of serious disease by just 23 percent, federal health officials said Thursday. It’s not the worst year ever for the flu vaccine – there have been years when the flu vaccine was only 10 percent effective.”

A January, 2015 article, titled “Navy Proves Flu Shot Doesn’t Work”, explains one recent example of flu shot failure and why some experts don’t recommend it.  There was an outbreak of influenza among 102 individuals on a U.S. Navy minesweeper.  A full 96 percent of them had received the flu vaccine. The author quotes Dr. David Brownstein, a holistic family physician:

“I guess I could encourage people to get vaccinated if the flu vaccine actually worked and did not contain toxic additives,” says Dr. Brownstein. “However, the opposite is true: It doesn’t work, and it contains mercury and formaldehyde. The toxicity of the flu vaccine is reason enough in and of itself to avoid it.”

Here is another article about a pertussis outbreak in Park City Utah: 19 confirmed cases of pertussis and all 19 were vaccinated.

Historical Effectiveness of Vaccines

When we see some of the writings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, we learn that vaccines were not that effective at their inception, either. Dr. Charles Creighton was a scholar, historian and epidemiologist.  He was a strong and credible voice against vaccines and chronicled his research in his book, “Jenner and Vaccination, a Strange Chapter in Medical History.”

Source: Vaccine Choice Canada – Raymond Obomsawin
Source: Vaccine Choice Canada – Raymond Obomsawin

In his book, Dr. Creighton summarized how he imagined history would view the practice of vaccinating:

It is difficult to conceive what will be the excuse made for a century of cowpoxing; but it cannot be doubted that the practice will appear in as absurd a light to the common sense of the twentieth century as blood-letting now does to us. Vaccination differs, however, from all previous errors of the faculty, in being maintained as the law of the land on the warrant of medical authority. That is the reason why the blow to professional credit can hardly help being severe, and why the efforts to ward it off have been, and will continue to be so ingenious.

Dr. Walter R. Hadwen

Dr. Hadwen was a brilliant man and an acclaimed scholar who wrote his first article on the topic of vaccines in 1923, titled The Fraud of Vaccination. He was an outspoken proponent of researching matters for oneself, rather than following the herd or trusting common wisdom. His research led him to consider traditional medicine’s stance on vaccines “a grotesque superstition”. Dr. Hadwen pointed out the fact that vaccines often killed more people than the disease they were designed to prevent. Dr. Hadwen became famous for shepherding the city of Gloucester, England, through a smallpox epidemic in a shorter time than any other.  He accomplished this by favoring hygiene and isolation of the infected, over vaccination.

Source: Vaccine Choice Canada – Raymond Obomsawin
Source: Vaccine Choice Canada – Raymond Obomsawin
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This is only an introduction to the pioneering skeptics in the field and their research showing that vaccines never were the highly effective disease preventatives advertised. As you can see in part 8 of this series, there is compelling evidence showing that vaccines did not eradicate diseases in the 20th century like we were all told.


As we can clearly see, vaccines have been proven to be neither safe nor effective, as we are so often told. What is most troubling is that so many of us have no idea about VAERS or the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program because doctors don’t typically tell parents the real risks of vaccination. To do so would risk diminishing vaccine uptake and that would be a blow to everyone who is invested, literally and figuratively, in the pharmaceutical industry.  If people know the facts about vaccine injury, more and more will opt out. If we’re looking at what the authorities are sharing with us about the risks and benefits of vaccines, we can in no way consider the consent we give to be informed consent.

Let’s look at this another way: What other product would you buy and put in your children’s bodies, knowing that the manufacturer had conducted no long term safety studies?  Outside of vaccines, what other chemical cocktails would you happily ingest or inject, based solely on the advice of authorities, all of whom stand to profit from their sale? Consider an example that’s even more benign than injected viruses and chemicals: Would you buy a particular model of car if research showed that 30%-40% of the time, it might result in some kind of adverse effect, injury or even death? Would it matter that the manufacturer had sold that model for decades? If they had the slickest ad campaign in the world? If 5 out 5 salespeople recommended it? Would you want to see the data? What if the only data they could show you had been manipulated to hide results that could hurt sales? Oh, and by the way, the car may not even work.

I certainly realize that a vaccine and a car are different in many ways, but they are both products from businesses. Somehow, we live in a reality in which the cars we drive are more stringently tested than the vaccines we inject. Car companies have some accountability for their products while drug manufacturers have no such motivation to create safe and effective vaccine products.

So at the end of the day, parents are forced to play a game of vaccine roulette with their children’s safety, because we really don’t have the data we need in order to know which children are at risk for which injury at which developmental stage or at what age. We are so bereft of data, we don’t even know the scope of what we don’t know. In the absence of valid and reliable data, we have not yet begun to identify the various factors that mitigate vaccine safety or effectiveness.

This is Part 5 in the 12 part series: A Comprehensive Review of Vaccines

Part 1: Why Are So many People Choosing Not To Vaccinate?

Part 2: A Closer Look at Pharmaceutical Companies

Part 3: Vaccine Policymakers and Conflicts of Interest

Part 4: How The CDC, FDA and WHO Lost the Trust of Vaccine Skeptics

Part 5: Are Vaccines Safe & Effective?

Part 6: What Are The Real Risks of Not Vaccinating in the U.S.?

Part 7: Herd Immunity, Shedding and the Questionable Science Behind Vaccines

Part 8: Did Vaccines Really Eradicate Infectious Diseases in the 20th Century?

Part 9: The Conclusive Evidence Linking Vaccines and Autism

Part 10:Why Don’t We Hear The Whole Story About Vaccines?

Part 11: What Are Independent Experts Telling Us About Vaccines?

Part 12: Vaccines: The Greater Good or Greater Greed? – Conclusion