Never Say These 4 Things to Parents with a Vaccine-Injured Child

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Vaccine injuries are real and affect many thousands of people, including children, every year. You may even know a friend, relative, or co-worker who says their child has been injured as a direct result of being vaccinated.

Children with vaccine injuries often have their quality of life completely destroyed. Additionally, they require special care and therapies costing many hundreds of thousands of dollars over their life.

When you come across someone with a vaccine-injured child, make sure you don’t make these four common but insensitive statements:


1. “Serious reactions to vaccines are rare. You have no proof a vaccine did that to your child.”

Be careful using these words. We are not all genetically built the same and each person responds to drugs differently (vaccines are classified as a drug) and each vaccine is made differently.

Additionally, you don’t know what the circumstances were for this child. For example, some children can receive five to seven vaccines in one visit to the pediatrician – and children can be injected with the wrong vaccine.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, adverse reactions to vaccines are not rare. The CDC admits that, “approximately 30,000 VAERS [Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System] reports are filed annually, with 10-15% classified as serious.” [1]

Most parents aren’t aware that a reporting system for vaccine injuries exists if their child has an adverse reaction to a vaccine – but health care professionals, and especially doctors, should.

Of course, doctors can choose to refuse to report vaccine adverse reactions and are not required by law to do so. Even more concerning, less than one percent of adverse reactions to drugs are reported by doctors. [2, 3]

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