Vaccinations South Africa


Vaccinations South Africa


Please look through this information – it has been beautifully compiled by a concerned mother and sent to a magazine marketed to mothers which was advocating babies and children “getting their shots”.    Comments are welcome.   

It is high time moms and dads in South Africa become informed about the truth concerning dangers of vaccines, so that they can make informed choices in this regard.  

School officials and policy setters also need to be re-educated on this subject as they are enforcing vaccinations as a pre-requisite to admission in most schools and pre-schools.


I’m sure this is all done in ignorance as we have been seriously brainwashed over many years by the medical world and the media.

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I have also attached some of the information that I have come across on the vaccines that are required in South Africa. I too would have been a mother that would have mindlessly thought that the medical profession had my child’s best interest at heart but while I was living overseas, a Swiss friend alerted me to possible side effects of vaccines which she was alerted to by her doctor in Switzerland and that is when I began investigating.

Kind regards





VAERS Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System

SAVIC South African Vaccination and Immunisation Centre

NICD National Institute for Communicable Diseases (South African)

NVIC The National Vaccine Information Center (States)


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Requires Proof of Immunisation Written proof of immunisation against the following contagious diseases: polio, measles, tuberculosis, diphtheria, tetanus and hepatitis B


During 1980 to 1985 in the United States fifty-five cases of paralytic polio were reported; four cases were brought into the country by travelers who had it naturally, and fifty-one cases were caused by the live vaccine.

(page 160/161 What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children’s Vaccinations, Stephanie Cave, M.D., F.A.A.F.P.)

which is the OPV vaccine that is still used in South Africa according to SAVIC, South African Vaccination and Immunisation Centre.

SAVIC states that all children from birth to the age of five be given the polio vaccine which is given orally (OPV vaccine) at birth and six weeks of age, the IPV vaccine is administered at 6, 10 and 14 weeks, as well as 18 months of age. They admit that there is a risk of vaccine associated paralytic polio with the OPV (oral vaccine) but this method of the vaccine is still administered in South Africa.


South African Study on cost effectiveness of polio vaccine options OPV or IPV

A study was done to assess the cost-effectiveness of switching from oral polio vaccine (OPV) to inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV), or to cease polio vaccination in routine immunization services in South Africa.

“The health impact of OPV cessation was measured in terms of vaccine associated paralytic paralysis (VAPP) cases and disability adjusted life years (DALYs) averted. “

The conclusion was that the “ use of OPV in routine immunization services is predicted to result in 2.96 VAPP cases in the 2005 cohort. The cost-effectiveness of the different IPV alternatives varies between US$ 740,000 and US$ 7.2 million per VAPP case averted. The costs per discounted DALY averted amount to between US$ 61,000 and US$ 594,000. Among the IPV strategies evaluated, the 2-dose schedule in a 10-dose vial is the most cost-effective option. At the assumed vaccine prices, all IPV options do not appear to be cost-effective in the South African situation. OPV cessation without IPV replacement would result in cost savings of US$ 1.6 million per year compared to the current situation. This is approximately a 9% decrease in the budget for vaccine delivery in South Africa. However, with this option there is a risk (albeit small) of vaccine-derived poliovirus circulating in a progressively susceptible population. For IPV in a single dose vial, the break-even price, at which the costs of IPV delivery equal the current OPV delivery costs, is US$ 0.39.


(The cost-effectiveness of alternative polio immunization policies in South Africa, Vaccine, Volume 24, Issues 29-30, 17 July 2006, Pages 5670-5678 . Ulla K. Griffiths, Lindsay Botham and Barry D. Schoub)

Polio Vaccine and Cancer

Millions of doses of the early polio vaccine were contaminated with a monkey virus (SV40) that caused cancer in laboratory animals. An independent study conducted at Loyola University in Chicago by Dr. Michele Carbone finds that “clearly, it is a risk factor in developing this disease.” Dr Carbone made this statement after finding SV40 in mesothelioma (lung cancer), which had previously been associated only with exposure to asbestos. Dr. Carbone found SV40 in 60 percent of the human mesotheliomas he studied. The Natioanl Cancer Institute (NCI) initiated a study of mesothelioma, which was overseen by Dr. Howard Strickler, an NCI epidemiologist. Barbara Loe Fisher questioned why the NCI study was not being monitored by a nongovernment molecular biologist. She believes that the vaccine manufacturers and the government are afraid they will have a tremendous financial liability if it is found that millions of people were injected with a government-mandated vaccine that contains a cancer-causing monkey virus. Results of the NCI study are forthcoming.

 (page 174/175 What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children’s Vaccinations)


SAVIC states that in South Africa, it is compulsory for all newborn infants to receive the BCG vaccine and the BCG is a safe vaccine that is well tolerated. Local reactions following vaccination are common, but long term complications are rare. Local reactions include swelling or abscesses at the site of injection.

“Every time you hear of the tragic death of an infant, carried off in the first weeks of life by ‘viral meningitis’, you have the right to suspect that BCG is at work, even if the autopsy confirms a viral diagnosis.

My wife lived through this tragedy in a major Swiss hospital where she worked. The autopsy of the child revealed the tubercular nature of the ‘viral’ meningitis following a BCG inoculation, but all the assistants and nurses had received very clear instructions to say nothing or risk terrible consequences. As with all secret societies, the law of silence is absolute among doctors!”—

Dr Jean Elmiger (Rediscovering Real Medicine ISBN 1862041997)


How Safe is the BCG Vaccine

Today, the BCG vaccine is known to cause adverse events. The shot produces a pimple at the site of injection and enlarges the lymph nodes in the surrounding area. After a few weeks, the pimple bursts and releases pus, leaving a keloid, or large, ugly scar. The vaccine may also cause abscesses on the groin lymph nodes, usually 3-7 months later. Lymph node abscesses may also develop in the armpit or hollow above the collar bone. Some people develop bone or joint inflammation, skin infection, or ‘generlised BCG infection’ – vaccine-induced tuberculosis. These serious adverse reactions occur on average 14 months after vaccination and may persist as ‘permanent functional disorders.

”(Finnish National Public Health Institute. “Tuberculosis (or BCB) vaccination.” (Last accessed: March 27, 2007). Musculoskeletal lesions and ‘fatal disseminated lesions’ have also occurred after BCG vaccination.  (Starke, J., et al The Role of BCG vaccine in the prevention and control of tuberculosis in the United States–a joint statement: Table 1. MMWR; CDC (Apr 26, 1996). Vaccine Safety Manual by Neil Z. Miller



Who is most at risk?

The groups at greatest risk of contracting hepatitis B are heterosexuals engaging in unprotected sex with multiple sex partners, prostitutes, sexually active homesexual men, intravenous drug users, healthcare and public safety workers exposed to infected body fluids; and household contacts of persons with chronic hepatitis B infection. Infants born to infected mothers have a greater chance of acquiring this disease than babies born to non-infected mothers. (Concerned pregnant women can be tested.) However, children rarely develop the disease.

(page 181, Vaccine Safety Manual For Concerned Families and Health Practitioners. Neil Z. Miller)

In South Africa, hepatitis B vaccine is given to babies at 6, 10, and 14 weeks of life as part of the EPI-SA schedule. Infants with HIV infection should be vaccinated within the EPI schedule.


Side effects and special precautions as stated by SAVIC

Hepatitis B vaccine is highly safe. Mild side-effects include soreness at the injection site, fatigue, irritability, headache and fever. Persons who are allergic to yeast-derived products should not be given the yeast-derived vaccine; they should be given the plasma-derived vaccine. Persons who reacted negatively to a previous dose of the vaccine should not be vaccinated.

Side effects and special precautions as reported in an NVIC press release on hepatitis B in January 27, 1999)

“Washington, D.C. – The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) released figures this week which show that the number of hepatitis B vaccine-associated serious adverse event and death reports in American children under the age of 14 outnumber the reported cases of hepatitis B disease in that age group. NVIC is calling the government-mandated hepatitis B vaccination of all children a “dangerous and scientifically unsubstantiated policy.” At the same time, a national poll reveals that two thirds of all Americans want the right to make informed, voluntary decisions about vaccination.

Independent analysis of raw computer data generated by the government-operated Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) confirms that in 1996, there were 872 serious adverse events reported to VAERS in children under 14 years of age who had been injected with hepatitis B vaccine. The children were either taken to a hospital emergency room, had life threatening health problems, were hospitalized or were left disabled following vaccination. 214 of the children had received hepatitis B vaccine alone and the rest had received hepatitis B vaccine in combination with other vaccines. 48 children were reported to have died after they were injected with hepatitis B vaccine in 1996 and 13 of them had received hepatitis B vaccine only before their deaths. By contrast, in 1996 only 279 cases of hepatitis B disease were reported in children under age 14.”

“Hepatitis B is primarily an adult disease most often transmitted through infected blood. Highest risk populations are IV drug users and people with multiple sex partners. In 1991 the CDC recommended that all infants be injected with the first dose of hepatitis B vaccine at birth before being discharged from the hospital newborn nursery, even though the only newborns at risk for contracting hepatitis B are those born to hepatitis B infected mothers. By 1998, only 15 states required mandatory screening of pregnant women for hepatitis B infection so babies born to infected mothers could be effectively targeted for hepatitis B vaccination, and yet 35 states required all children to get 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine or be denied entry to daycare, kindergarten, high school or college.”

In October 1998, France became the first country to end hepatitis B vaccination requirements for schoolchildren after reports of chronic arthritis, symptoms resembling multiple sclerosis and other serious health problems following hepatitis B vaccination became so numerous that the Health Minister of France suspended the school requirement.”



In South Africa measles vaccine is given by injection to the right thigh in babies less than one year old, and to the right arm for older children and young adults

Two doses are administered at 9 and 18 months of life for babies. Booster and catch-up doses are available within a couple of months of each other later in life.

What are the side effects of the measles vaccine according to SAVIC

The measles vaccine is very safe. The most common side-effects are soreness at injection site, fever and rash. Severe reactions to measles vaccine are rare.

Other sources for side effects of the measles vaccine

In 1983, Lancet published a report identifying 26 additional cases of convulsions after vaccination. Pollock, TM., et al. “A 7-year survey of disorders attributed to vaccination in NW Thames Region. Lancet 1983; 1:753-57

Other studies document the occurrence of Guillian-Barré syndrome (GBS)–an autioimmune and nervous system disease resulting in paralysis–following measles vaccination. Grose, C., et al. “Guillain-Barré syndrome following administration of live measles vaccine.” American Journal of Medicine 1976; 60:441-43 / Norrby, R. “Polyradiculitis in connection with vaccination against morbilli, parotitis and rubella. Lakartidningen 1984; 81:1636-7 /Morris, K., et al. “Guillain-Barré syndrome after measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine. Lancet 1994; 343:60

The FDA and CDC continue to receive reports of severe neurological disorders following injections with the measles (or MMR) vaccine. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System VAERS, Rockville MD

People who received the measles vaccine were 2 ½ times more likely to develop ulcerative colitis and three times more likely to develop Crohn’s disease when compared to unvaccinated controls. Lancet, April 29, 1995.

In 1990, WHO requested 250 million doses of the deadly EZ-HT measles vaccine to be dispensed throughout the world. However, data from Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, and Haiti continued to confirm that EZ-HT doesn’t save lives–it increases mortality. By June of 1992, the link was irrefutable; WHO called for a moratorium on use of the disputed vaccine.  Awadu, KO. Outrage! How Babies Were Used as Guinea Pigs in an L.A. County Vaccine Experiment. (Long Beach, CA: Conscious Rastra Press, 1996). (page 128, Vaccine Safety Manual For Concerned Families and Health Practitioners. Neil Z. Miller) See more on this below please:

“Successful immunization of children with and without maternal antibody by aerosolized measles vaccine. I. Different results with undiluted human diploid cell and chick embryo fibroblast vaccines.” JAMA 1983; 249:2651-62. Sabin, A.B., et al. “Successful immunization of children with and without maternal antibody by aerosolized measles vaccine. II. Vaccine comparisons and evidence for multiple antibody response.” JAMA 1984; 251:2363-71. Whittle, H.C., et al. “Immunisation of 4-6 month old Gambian infants with Edmonston-Zagreb measles vaccine.” Lancet 1984; ii:834-37. Whittle, H., et al. “Trial of high-dose Edmonston-Zagreb measles vaccine in The Gambia: antibody response and side-effects.” Lancet 1988; ii:811-814. Aaby, P., et al. “Trial of high-dose Edmonston-Zagreb measles vaccine in Guinea-Bissau: protective efficacy.” Lancet 1988; i:809-811. Garenne, M., et al. “Child mortality after high-titre measles vaccines: prospective study in Senegal.” Lancet 1991; 338:903-907. Whittle, H.C. “Effect of dose and strain of vaccine on success of measles vaccination of infants aged 4-5 months.” Lancet 1988; i:963-66. Khanum, S., et al. “Comparison of Edmonston-Zagreb and Schwartz strains of measles vaccine given by aerosol or subcutaneous injection.” Lancet 1987; i:150-53. Tidjani, O., et al. “Serological effects of Edmonston-Zagreb, Schwartz, and AIK-C measles vaccine strains given at ages 4-5 or 8-10 months.” Lancet 1989; ii:1357-60. Markowitz, L.E., et al. “Immunization of six-month-old infants with different doses of Edmonston-Zagreb and Schwartz measles vaccines.” New England Journal of Medicine 1990; 332:580-87.


The measles vaccine does not confer permanent immunity–one reason eradication of the disease is so elusive.  Dr. William Atkinson, senior epidemiologist with the CDC, admitted that ‘measles transmission has been clearly documented among vaccinated persons. In some large outbreaks…over 95 percent of cases have a history of vaccination.” FDA. FDA workshop to review warnings use instructions, and precautionary information on vaccines. Rockland, Maryland: FDA, September 18, 1992) :27 / (page 120, Vaccine Safety Manual For Concerned Families and Health Practitioners. Neil Z. Miller) In fact, according to WHO, the odds are about 15 times greater that measles will strike those vaccinated against the disease than those who are left alone..  (page 120, Vaccine Safety Manual For Concerned Families and Health Practitioners. Neil Z. Miller)

Mothers who contract measles naturally develop protective antibodies that are passed on to their children during birth. These babies are secure from measles for the first 15 months of life. In contrast, babies born to measles-vaccinated mothers are susceptible to the disease during the crucial early months when measles can be especially dangerous. Pediatrics 1996; 97: 53-58. Natural Immunity is therefore superior. “Babies of vaccinated moms more susceptible to measles.” Pediatrics (November 1999). “Natural immunity to measles yields greater neutralizing capacity than vaccination.” Journal of Medical Virology 2000; 62:91-98.

The Measles Death Rate Tumbled Prior to the Measles Vaccine. Alderson, Michael. International Mortality Statistics (Washington, DC: Facts on File, 1981), pp. 182-183.


Diphtheria is an acute infectious disease that primarily affects the upper respiratory tract, and is caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae. Humans are the only known source of C. diphtheriae, and the bacteria are spread by infected droplets which localise in the tonsils, throat and nose. After an incubation period of 2 to 7 days, non-specific symptoms characterised by fever, sore throat, diminished activity and irritability in children, appear.  Because diphtheria affects almost any mucous membrane, the disease is classified according to the site involved.

How and when is the diphtheria vaccine given?

In South Africa the “diphtheria vaccine as part of pentaxim is given by injection to the left thigh for the first three doses, and the left arm for the last dose, administered at 6, 10 and 14 weeks, and 18 months. As part of Td it is given by injection to the left arm at 6 years and 12 years of age.


What are the side effects of diphtheria vaccine according to SAVIC

Reactions to diphtheria-toxoid containing vaccines are mild. Side-effects include fever and soreness at the site of injection.

Other sources for side effects of the diphtheria vaccine

In 1919, the Journal of the American Medical Association published the first of several admissions that diphtheria antitoxin can sensitize the inoculated person so that ‘after, ten, fifteen or twenty years, a second dose of the serum may cause death.”(page 88, Vaccine Safety Manual For Concerned Families and Health Practitioners. Neil Z. Miller)

Also see side affects under tetanus since today, the diphtheria toxoid is administered in conjunction with the tetanus vaccine (DT), or in combination with both tetanus and acellular pertussis vaccines (DTaP).


In South Africa, tetanus toxoid vaccine (pentaxim or Td) is given to babies  and children as part of the EPI-SA schedule starting from 6 weeks of age. The tetanus toxoid vaccine is available in combination with diphtheria toxoid, and pertussis vaccines (both acellular and whole cell) as DTP and is administered by intramuscular injection to the anterolateral aspect of the thigh for infants, or the deltoid muscle for older children. DTP in combinations such as DTP-IPV/Hib or DTP-Hib-Hep B can be given into one limb. If Hep B or Hib vaccines are available as monovalents and are to be administered on the same day as DTP, then the vaccines should preferably be given in different limbs.

Reactions to tetanus-toxiod containing vaccines are usually mild, although in rare events, cases of allergic reactions to the vaccines have been observed. In such cases, vaccination should be discontinued. Common side-effects include:

Pain and swelling at the site of injection that usually disappears within a day

Irritability and loss of appetite.

Polio was caused by Diphtheria and Pertussis Vaccines in the 1940s

Studies show that injections increase the susceptibility to polio. When diphtheria and pertussis vaccines were introduced in the 1940s, cases of paralytic poliomyelitis skyrocketed.

National Morbidity Reports taken from U.S. Public Health surveillance reports; Lancet (April 18, 1950), pp. 659-63. (page 48 Vaccine Safety Manual For Concerned Families and Health Practitioners. Neil Z. Miller)

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Vaccines Have Serious Side Effects –

The Institute of Medicine Says So!

government says vaccines are dangerous
Story at-a-glance
  • An Institute of Medicine review of more than 1,000 vaccine studies found convincing evidence of 14 health outcomes — including seizures, inflammation of the brain, and fainting — that can be caused by certain vaccines
  • The Institute of Medicine admitted, “Vaccines are not free from side effects, or “adverse effects””
  • For the majority (135) of potential vaccine-related side effects reviewed, there was inadequate evidence to conclude whether or not vaccines caused the side effect
  • Nearly 10 percent of children aged 19-35 months have received extra immunizations

By Dr. Mercola

As I have long stated, and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) now admits:

“Vaccines are not free from side effects, or “adverse effects””

This admission came after a review of more than 1,000 vaccine studies, which was intended to assess the scientific evidence in the medical literature about  specific adverse events associated with eight vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella (MMR); varicella (chickenpox); influenza; hepatitis A; hepatitis B; HPV; diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (DtaP); and meningococcal. The adverse events selected for IOM review were ones for which people had submitted vaccine injury claims to the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). A convincing causal relationship was found for 14 adverse events and certain vaccines.

14 Dangerous Side Effects Linked to Vaccination, IOM Report Says

In the first comprehensive safety review in nearly two decades, the Institute of Medicine found convincing scientic evidence for a causal relationship between certain vaccines and serious adverse health outcomes. This includes:

Chickenpox Vaccine

  • Vaccine strain varicella zoster infection after vaccination without other organ involvement;
  • Vaccine strain varicella zoster infection and subsequent infection resulting in pneumonia, encephalitis, meningitis or hepatitis in individuals with demonstrated immunodeficiences;

Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) Vaccine

  • Measles inclusion body encephalitis
  • Febrile seizures, a type of seizure that occurs in infants and young children in association with fever
  • Short-term joint pain (arthralgia) in children and women

Other findings revealed:

  • Six types of vaccines — MMR, varicella zoster (chickenpox), influenza, hepatitis B, meningococcal, and tetanus-containing vaccines — are linked to anaphylaxis (severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction). The HPV vaccine was also linked to anaphylaxis in yeast-sensitive individuals.
  • Injection of any vaccine in general can lead to sudden fainting (syncope) and symptoms of deltoid bursitis, or shoulder inflammation
  • Two Canadian flu vaccines were linked to oculo-respiratory syndrome characterized by conjunctivitis, facial swelling, and mild respiratory symptoms.
  • Scientific research suggests that many people, who experience an adverse reaction to vaccines, have individual susceptibility that can make them at higher risk for experiencing acute and chronic health problems after vaccination due to biodiversity (genetic variations) within populations; age at the time of vaccination; immune deficiencies; coinciding infections/illnesses; and other environmental exposures, (such as toxins, traumas).

Too Little Evidence Available to Effectively Evaluate Most Side Effects

Despite conclusive findings by IOM linking certain vaccines to brain inflammation, febrile seizures and potentially life-threatening infections like pneumonia and meningitis in susceptible individuals, most of the media headlines about the IOM’s 600-page report are spinning the reports conclusions and stating that “few adverse effects are caused by the vaccines reviewed in this report.”

The truth is that the IOM Committee came to this startling conclusion, which they admitted openly and that is:

“For the vast majority, (135 vaccine-adverse event pairs), the evidence is inadequate to accept or reject a causal relationship.”

In other words, for the majority of side effects and health conditions that have occurred in conjunction with vaccinations, they simply have no idea whether the vaccine caused the problem or not.  In fact, the IOM Committee warned that there should be no misinterpretation of the fact that they DO NOT KNOW  whether or not more than 100 very serious reported health problems linked to the eight vaccines they studied are caused by those vaccines. In most cases, the Committee was unable to come to a conclusion because there are no or very few scientific studies investigating the reported vaccine-related adverse event or the studies, which are published in the medical literature, are methodologically flawed in some way.

And isn’t this precisely the problem? The current vaccination schedule is a one-size-fits-all approach that has never been proven safe!

As Barbara Loe Fisher, founder of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), stated:

“The truth is, nobody knows how many vaccine victims there are in America, how many of the 1 in 6 learning disabled children; or the 1 in 9 with asthma; or the 1 in 100 who develop autism; or the 1 in 450 who become diabetic, can trace their chronic inflammation, disease and disability back to vaccine reactions that have been dismissed by public health officials and doctors for the past century as just “a coincidence.””

Or, if they aren’t dismissed as coincidence, they are dismissed on the grounds that there’s not enough data available to establish a “causal relationship.” This is exactly the reason why unbiased vaccine safety studies are so desperately and urgently need.

NVIC recently issued a statement regarding IOM’s new report, noting this very fact:

“The [IOM] Committee was hampered by the same gaps in knowledge regarding vaccine adverse effects that hampered IOM Committees undertaking the same task in 1991 and 1994. For the majority of potential vaccine adverse effects reported to be associated with vaccines, this IOM Committee like those before, came to the conclusion that the biological mechanism and epidemiological evidence published in the medical literature is simply inadequate to accept or reject a causation finding.

This is a very important conclusion, because the current state of science holds no answers for parents and doctors, who for many years have reported multiple vaccine injuries to the government’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

Insufficient scientific evidence to make a call about whether certain vaccines do or do not cause a wide range of serious health conditions, such as encephalitis, encephalopathy, stroke, asthma, autism, SIDS, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, lupus, and blood disorders, is problematical when these vaccines are mandated by law to be used by every child and recommended for many adults.

The Committee’s clear acknowledgement that there is a lack of adequate scientific understanding about the way that vaccines act in the human body, including how, when, why and for whom they are harmful, is confirmation that more and higher quality vaccine safety science is urgently needed.”

Why Are So Many Children Receiving Extra Vaccines?

Adding insult to injury, a separate review by independent researchers looking at the 1999-2003 National Immunization Survey data found that nearly 10 percent of children aged 19-35 months have received extra vaccinations and the rate was highest for children who received vaccines at more than one facility or from more than one provider.  This is the last thing that kids need, considering that just about every year one or more “new” vaccines are added to the already overloaded schedule.

As it stands, children are expected to get 48 doses of 14 vaccines by the time they’re just 6 years old – starting with the first vaccine given on the day of birth in the  newborn nursery! By age 18, federal public health officials say they should have gotten a total of 69 doses of 16 vaccines.

This “prescription” is the same for every U.S. child, even though it’s well known that all children are not the same biologically – as the recent Institute of Medicine report clearly points out – and some children will not be able to survive the currently recommended vaccine schedule without suffering serious harm to their health. And if you take your child to multiple health care providers or facilities, the odds are high that they may be mistakenly given “extra” vaccines on top of the recommended schedule.

To avoid this, if you do decide to vaccinate, be sure you keep a detailed record of which vaccinations your child has received, and when – do not rely on your doctor’s office to do that for you. It is also a good idea to have your child’s vaccination history on hand in the event there is a vaccine reaction.

You Can View Common Vaccine Reactions Right Now

The IOM report may feel there is too little evidence to make conclusions about vaccine-induced side effects, but you can make a conclusion for yourself by reading the entire IOM report yourself at:

You can also review the vaccine adverse event reports made by doctors and patients or parents themselves to the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), a national surveillance database to which anyone can post a vaccine reaction report. VAERS was established in 1986 under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, which requires health professionals to report serious health problems, including hospitalizations, injuries and deaths, that occur after the administration of routinely recommended vaccines.

An important aspect of VAERS is that anyone can both read and post vaccine adverse events to this database. So if your doctor discounts your concerns about vaccination (or afterward, if your child regresses or gets ill after a vaccine), you can verify or report them yourself — and people are doing just that when doctors or other vaccine providers refuse to report to VAERS after a vaccine reaction occurs.

You can access VAERS here, or you can go to, which provides an easy, powerful search engine for looking up specific reactions or vaccines in the VAERS database. With over 70 vaccines included, VAERS is an excellent tool that can help you read descriptions of vaccine reactions and identify which vaccines are associated with the most side effects. It is important to know, though, that only a tiny fraction of  serious health problems that occur after vaccination are actually reported. Studies have estimated that less than 10 percent, to as little as ONE percent of vaccine side effects are ever reported to VAERS, so the true side effects are easily FAR higher than the statistics show.

Are You Ready to Get Educated About Vaccines?

The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is clearly the leading Internet resource, providing objective, unbiased information that you will need to make intelligent, informed decisions about which vaccines you, your children or other members of your family may want to use.

If you have further questions about vaccination, make sure you consult a trusted health care professional, who has taken the time to become educated personally about vaccines. And if your doctor threatens or belittles you, refuses to treat your family if you want to use an alternative vaccination schedule , or will not take the time to discuss your vaccine concerns with you and allow you to make informed, voluntary vaccination decisions, I suggest you find one who will. Remember, it is your choice and your responsibility to get educated about vaccination, and your doctor should treat you with respect and work with you on this.

I also encourage you to get involved with the work that NVIC is doing to protect your right to choose which vaccines you want your children to get, including the legal right to use all, some, or no vaccines at all. Register for the free NVIC Advocacy Portal that educates you about threats to your legal right to make vaccine choices and puts you directly in contact with your elected state representatives so you can help protect vaccine exemptions in your state. Stay informed about what is happening in your state and make your voice heard.

Go to and register today to take action.

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