Vaccine deaths and injuries

What is the rate of vaccine injury or death in the united States?

Vaccines cause injury and death in previously healthy children.

1) The rate of injury/death is at least 1 in every 39 doses.

2) Est. injury/death rate across a recent 5-year period:

  • 208,000 deaths
  • 550,000 perm disabilities
  • 2,080,000 hospitalizations

3) Injuries outside of the ‘permanent disabilities’ classification, like ADHD, asthma and anxiety/depression, and others are also caused by vaccines  A child’s health issues increases in direct relationship to more vaccines given – see figure 6.

4) 20% of emergency room visits for children ages 0 – 5 are due to vaccine injuries.

These four points help form a fuller picture of what is actually occurring. However, there is more information…

Why is this not well known?

This is not well known due to an intentional effort by the CDC and HHS to keep people unaware that they neglect to conduct safety studies, as well as an intentional effort to prevent reporting of injuries to the government.

Despite this, from 2013-2018, parents and doctors reported 2,080 deaths to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), as well as 5,500 permanent disabilities, and 20,800 hospitalizations. Reporting is self-directed and voluntary — not automated.

  • the data capture rate of the VAERS system is less than 1% – known since 2010 – sources: HHS/Harvard AHCR; Former FDA Commissioner.

    Context: HHS granted $1M to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care to assess/improve VAERS.  The result was the successful automation of adverse event reports at Harvard Pilgrim. Using this system, they came to the conclusion that 99% injuries/deaths are not reported.

    Preliminary data were collected from June 2006 through October 2009 on 715,000 patients, and 1.4 million doses (of 45 different vaccines) were given to 376,452 individuals. Of these doses, 35,570 possible reactions … were identified.
  • To hide Harvard Medical School’s grant findings above, the CDC abandoned the HHS/Harvard AHCR grant project in 2010. Harvard asked the CDC to take the final step of linking VAERS with the Harvard Pilgrim system so that these reports could be automatically transmitted into VAERS. After spending $1M of taxpayers’ money, the CDC refused to even communicate with Harvard.

    “…the necessary CDC contacts were no longer available and the CDC consultants responsible for receiving data were no longer responsive to our multiple requests to proceed with testing and evaluation.

Because Harvard identified that the data capture rate of injuries and deaths is less than 1%, we must multiply the numbers above by 100 to get the numbers of victims who exist in reality.

The result is as follows:
2013-2018, there were 2,080 deaths –> 208,000 deaths.  5,500 permanent disabilities –> 550,000 perm disabilities, and 20,800 hospitalizations –> 2,080,000 hospitalizations

This is just a 5 year period. 

What are the reasons causing less than 1% of injuries and deaths to be reported to VAERS? The Harvard study reviews this; here are a few reasons:

Doesn’t science show that vaccines are safe?


Vaccines are classified as “biologics” rather than “drugs”, and therefore pharmaceutical companies aren’t required to follow the same standards. “Studies” that are performed to “prove” that vaccines are not regulated like drug studies are. Unlike drug studies, vaccine studies aren’t required to use a real placebo, and they have never used one for ANY vaccine given to children. Drug studies are typically 5 – 7 years in length, some vaccine study lengths are as short as 48 hours to 5 days.

14% of 173 of the most common vaccine injuries are CAUSED by vaccines, according to the Institute of Medicine.

4% of 173 of the most common vaccine injuries are NOT caused by vaccines.

…and the remaining 82% of 173 of the most common vaccine injuries (like SIDs, paralysis, and other tragic things) have NOT BEEN STUDIED…..AT ALL….EVER!

The 82% is the shocker. Merely comparing the 14% for which they’ve established a CAUSAL LINK, to the 4% for which they rejected a causal link? Those that know vaccines are causing injuries are already proven, in that 14% is 3.5 times larger than the 4% number.

And this is just from the Institute of Medicine’s 1994 and 2011 reports. Source 1; source 2.

Let that all sink in.

In a 2008 interview, former NIH Director Bernadette Healy explained that HHS refuses to perform safety studies out of fear that they will expose dangers, “that would scare the public away” from vaccines. 

The CDC refused [2016 meeting w/ health agency directors] to do a national study comparing health outcomes of children vaccinated vs. unvaccinated. In 2018 the CDC legally admited they’ve never done this study. Despite CDC spending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to commission a white paper on how to conduct this simple study, no one in government (CDC, NIH or HHS) or anyone they hire will DO the study.

We know from the IOM that 14% of the most common reported injuries are indeed caused by vaccines, whereas 4% are not. In the void created by government health agencies refusing to study the remaining 82%, and refusing to conduct unvaccinated vs. vaccinated children’s health outcomes, we must make decisions using the precautionary principle using the information we DO have.

What information DO we have?

  1. IOM reports (already discussed) – 14% injuries caused by vaccines; 82% unknown
  2. Harvard grant – rate of injury 1 in 39, which used real patient data
  3. 20% of emergency room visits or children 0-5 are caused by vaccines, using real patient data
  4. 65 more recent independent studies that have been painstakingly collected comparing health outcomes in vaccinated vs. unvaccinated children, showing that unvaccinated children are dramatically healthier.
  5. VAERS — uses real patient data, but is 99% inaccurate

With just these (there are more!), we have over 70 studies or data points!

Some of these studies were published by professionals who were previously pro-vaccine, even some who previously managed vaccination programs in impoverished countries! Imagine how hard it must have been for them to face the truth! For example, Dr. Aaby and Dr. Stabell Benn realized we can save over 1 million children per year from death, if we simply stop giving them the DTP vaccine. Source 1. Source 2.

With these 70 things, we have information (some absolute causation, some signals, and some patterns) to demand national studies using data we already have in the Vaccine Safety Datalink database, but HHS refuses to do that. Though that would be the quickest way to settle this issue, we still have enough information to use our brains and act.

ICAN indeed used all of this information to act…to win lawsuits and other legal battles against our government health agencies, exposing their negligence and lies, including:

1) Proving CDC has no studies to support claim that vaccines given in the first 6 months of life do not cause autism, upon the heels of which, they are in the process of another lawsuit demanding that the CDC remove their false claim “Vaccines do not cause autism” from the the CDC website.

2) Proving the FDA / vaccines and related biological products advisory committee admits it has never licensed any influenza vaccine for use by pregnant women and does not have a single clinical trial supporting the safety of this practice

3) Proving HHS broke 42 USC 300AA-27C law by never conducting studies and reporting their findings to Congress every 2 years to make vaccines safe and to prove their safety. This, despite the fact that IOM URGED them to do so over the past 3 decades, determining that for 82% of injuries, no science has been done to prove or disprove causality from vaccines.

4) Following the previous lawsuit, another lawsuit was won determining that NIH and HRSA also broke law 42 USC 300AA-27C along with HHS.

5) The MMR should have never been licensed. The vaccine trials included only 374 children in comparing the MMR vaccine to another substance (no placebo was used), avg 45% of them sustained upper respiratory illness; avg 37% sustained gastrointestinal illness, and the children were only monitored for 42 days.

6) The chicken pox VARIVAX vaccine should never have been licensed, as only 2 randomized trials were done. The first involved 956 children, and they were only monitored for 70 days. 9 months after study began, the ‘control’ group (who did not receive a placebo) was eliminated by injecting them with VARIVAX as well. In the second trial, 61 children were involved; 29 received nothing, not even a placebo. At the 8-week mark, the control group of 29 were vaccinated with VARIVAX, again destroying the control group. The 32 vaccinated children had double the rate of ear infections, 50% increased rate of upper respiratory illness, and 33% increased systemic clinical complaints during the 8 weeks.

7) Both Hepatitis B vaccines should be revoked immediately, as there are zero trials which reviewed safety for babies for more than 5 days.

8) The period of safety review after injection for the polio trials was only three days.

9) That no placebo has been used for ANY clinical trial for ANY pediatric vaccine (HHS correspondence)

10) letters to UNICEF demanding that they cease all administration of the DTP vaccine so that 1+M children could be saved each year from death, and also referring them to the International Criminal Court upon their refusal.

And more…

Those who are not yet ready to face this information argue that we should do nothing, and continue with business as usual, because their belief in vaccines makes it impossible for them to consider new information…it causes cognitive dissonance.

Science is a tool we use to explore not just any hypotheses, but hypotheses for which we already have signals, and also to further explore previous science that has already exposed a problem until the fallout from the problem — in this case, injuries and deaths — cease. The literal legal job of HHS since 1986 is to conduct this science. And again, they refuse to do so. In the meantime, when independent professionals publish their own studies to solve the problem, they are punished, harassed, smeared and their careers destroyed.   

“Vaccine companies wouldn’t make a product that is unsafe, because they would be sued!”

When vaccines injure or kill a child, the drug company that produced the vaccine is completely free from liability.

The companies CANNOT be sued…for vaccines. Vaccines are not classified as drugs. The government created a separate classification for vaccines that are different than drugs…this separate classification is called biologics.

Vaccine manufacturers have virtually no liability for vaccine death or disability, thus no financial incentive to make safe vaccines. Source 1. Source 2.

These companies, are however, sued for MANY drugs, and convicted/fined to have intentionally sold drugs they knew killed people — convicted felons — ALL OF THEM.

Pharmaceutical company finesconvicted in court:

  • 2001 – 2017: 55 fines in the $100 – $3 billion range.
  • $1 Billion Criminal Fines: Pfizer 2009, GlaxoSmithKline 2012
  • $7.5+ Billion Criminal fine, Purdue Pharma, 2020

That is why pharmaceutical companies LOVE that they are protected by 1986 from being sued for vaccines! Vaccines earn the big pharmaceutical companies billions of dollars every year in profits, and none of those profits are taken away by being sued by injured children’s parents.

Is it easy for victims to obtain compensation?

No, it is extremely difficult to obtain compensation for injury or death caused by a vaccine. The majority of applicants are rejected. Recommended reading: “The Vaccine Court” by Rhode; “Vaccine Court” by Kirkland

Despite this, and a $250K cap for each victim, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has paid out billions for vaccine injuries and deaths in the U.S.:
          a.     $ 4.5 billion, fiscal years 1989-2020 (as of 3/1/2021; figure updated monthly)
          b.     $ 235 million/year (10-year fiscal year average 2011-2020)

What are the obstacles for victim compensation?

  • Lack of awareness of the NVICP compensation program (of parents, doctors, etc)
  • Government keeps program hidden from public awareness on purpose
  • Misdirection from non-medical facilities – retail pharmacies, mobile clinics. Some victims contact them and receive small compensation; are not told about NVICP / their right to file; many don’t receive proper medical records proving vaccination with which to later file with NVICP
  • 66% of applicants denied compensation by the ‘court’
  • It isn’t a real court – no judges, no discovery, no jury; arbitrary rules that change at the behest of the administrators of the ‘court’ (HHS).
  • Burden of proof placed on the parents who are required to produce science that doesn’t exist. The ‘court’ demands that parents produce scientific studies which show that their child’s specific injury was caused by a specific vaccines that the child received. …never mind that multiple vaccines are given during one visit, and vaccines are ever increasingly ‘combined’ by manufacturers so that one vaccine contains 3+ previously singular vaccines. The 1986 law requires HHS to conduct scientific studies for each vaccine to find what injuries they cause. Institute of Medicine found 14% of most common injuries ARE caused by vaccines, and 4% are not, but 82% have NEVER BEEN STUDIED. How can a parent produce a study that hasn’t been DONE?
  • Statute of limitation (42 U.S.C. § 300aa-16(a)(2)) – parents unaware until too late to file (injury = 3 yrs; death = 2 yrs), ex: brain damaged child’s doctor’s records are inaccurate;  court rejects filing for being 12 hours late. ex: doctor notes speech delay in patient chart; doesn’t tell parents.  Parents file for autism when they notice symptoms; court dismisses for time barred. ex: denies justice to girls rendered infertile by the HPV vaccine who don’t realize they’re infertile soon enough.
  • Difficult for parent to secure attorney & science/medical experts – as the court is hostile to those experts – refusing to pay them, recruiting them, threatening and intimidating them
  • Parents of injured children too drained emotionally/timewise/financially after finding/ maintaining medical care services for their child, to pursue multi-year court process
  • “[The NVICP court has] become very adversarial” – Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.), whose House Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness held hearings on the matter. Many “legitimate claims…went on for eight, nine, 10 years.” – Stanford.  ex – court exposes names of petitioners, even when  protection is requested
  • Court drags out cases to exhaust and financially destroy parents into abandoning their case – 50% of cases take more than 5 years for court to ‘rule’ – ex: boy died 6 years into 8.5-year case…payout for a death ($250K) is cheaper for the court to pay than payout for lifetime care.  HHS threatened to appeal parent’s win even after the boy’s death, but offered to drop appeal if parents agreed that the ruling remain secret.  
  • Court keeps the most damning rulings secret by ‘sealing’ them so science/medical professionals, attorneys, the public, and other petitioners cannot view them

If the companies can’t be sued, who is footing the bill for the children that HAVE been compensated? Who paid that 4.5 billion?

We did. You did. Everyone that gets a vaccine pays a “tax”. The tax is gathered into the NVIC fund. You, and we, pay the money given to children who against all odds, win in the vaccine “court”. We are the ones paying this ‘hush money’ if you will to the children who are the most overtly and severely injured (or killed), and manage to win in court. But what about all of the other children?

“But, we need vaccines to prevent children from dying!”

  • Deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases were almost zero before the vaccines to prevent them were manufactured.
  • 90 – 95% of 20th century childhood infectious disease mortality decline preceded the introduction of vaccines – see graphs of government childhood infectious disease.
  • When it comes to vaccines, the prevailing narrative is that they are a modern miracle.

    But what if that isn’t true?

    “Vaccine Secrets,” an animated video, explores these questions and more. The video was created by parents who followed the rules. They vaccinated their children according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s schedule.

    These parents thought they were doing the right thing, that they were protecting their children. Sadly, they learned they had done just the opposite.

    As this video points out, some children can appear to withstand the mercuryaluminum and other industrial chemicals that are in vaccines in the short term — but others can’t. The video fact checks the many statements used to convince parents that vaccines are safe and effective, and dispels many of the myths perpetuated about vaccines.

    Children’s Health Defense provides links to sources backing up all of the facts outlined in the video.

    In many cases, vaccines are ASSUMED to prevent infection, but they don’t prevent any infection or symptoms. One, of the many examples of this is the DTaP vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough:

    • “Because of linked-epitope suppression, all children who were primed by DTaP vaccines will be more susceptible to pertussis throughout their lifetimes, and there is no easy way to decrease this increased lifetime susceptibility.” – Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
    • More recent studies show that by 5 years after completion of a DTaP series, children were up to 15 times more likely to acquire pertussis compared to the first year after the series. – journal of Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines
    • “Vaccinated indiviuals are more likely to spread the whooping cough infection, …[and that the vaccine] …accounts for the observed increase in whooping cough incidence.  Public health authorities may be facing a situation similar to that of polio, where vaccinated individuals can still transmit infection.” – Biomed Central Medicine
    • “whooping cough vaccinaton has increased parapertussis infections.  we show that vaccinaton impedes host immunity against [whooping cough]….and interferes with the optimal clearance of whooping cough and enhances the performance of the pathogen.  Our data raise the possibility that widespread vaccination can create hosts more susceptible to whooping cough.” – Proceedings of the Royal Society, Biological Sciences
    • Vaccine failure has led to pertussis resurgence – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

    Haven’t we been vaccinating for forever? It must be safe!

    Vaccination injury has a loooonnnng history. “Homeopathic physicians in the 19th century observed that some people never got over the effects of vaccinations and stayed in a poor state of health. Their immune systems could not clear the infectious materials from vaccination, and they stayed chronically ill. Chronic illness that can last a lifetime is the most common consequence of vaccination. Vaccinations can also cause other latent diseases to appear, or worsen pre-existing illnesses.” 45

    Source for photo: The Historical Medical Library of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia


    1. Electronic Support for Public Health – Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (ESP:VAERS) (Massachusetts) Grant Number: R18 HS017045 – Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, published by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (Harvard Medical School)
    2. About The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) – CDC
    3. Relative Incidence of Office Visits and Cumulative Rates of Billed Diagnoses Along the Axis of Vaccination – International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Volume 17, Issue 22, 2020
    4. US Emergency Department Visits for Outpatient Adverse Drug Events, 2013-2014, published in Journal of the American Medical Association 2016
    5. U.S. DHHS, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, “Electronic Support for Public Health–Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (ESP:VAERS),” results p. 6.,
    6. Introducing MEDWatch: A new approach to reporting medication and device adverse effects and product problems, General Hospital Psychiatry, Volume 16, Issue 2, 1994
    7. Who is unlikely to report adverse events after vaccinations to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)?, Vaccine, Volume 31, Issue 24, 2013
    8. Interview recorded on February 26, 2017 in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, titled “Something is Wrong” published on YouTube, Vaxxed TV channel
    9. “Who is responsible?” segment from The Highwire show, 2021
    10. Electronic Support for Public Health – Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (ESP:VAERS) (Massachusetts) Grant Number: R18 HS017045 – Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, published by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (Harvard Medical School)
    11. The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (NCVIA), 42 U.S.C. § 300aa-1 et seq.,
    12. Report Vaccine Reactions. It’s the Law! – National Vaccine Information Center
    13. Adverse Events Associated with Childhood Vaccines: Evidence Bearing on Causality chapter: 11 Need for Research and Surveillance – published by the Institute of Medicine on The National Academic Press, 1994
    14. Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality, chapter: Summary – published by the Institute of Medicine on The National Academic Press, 2012
    15. The ICAN Reply To HHS Response – December 2018
    16. Interview with NIH Director Dr Bernadine Healy speaks to Sharyl Attkisson about autism susceptibility created in 2008 – posted on YouTube by Children’s Health Defense in 2017
    17. Letter from Department of Health and Human Services July 29, 2020 to Siri & Glimstad regarding violation of 1986 NVIC Act
    18. White Paper on Studying the Safety of the Childhood Immunization Schedule For the Vaccine Safety Datalink – CDC, also published in Vaccine, volume 34, supplement 1, 2016
    19. Deposition with Stanley Plotkin, conducted by Siri on January 11, 2018 On Conducting a ‘Vaccinated vs Unvaccinated’ Study – posted on YouTube by Informed Consent Action Network in August 2020
    20. Ted Talk How vaccines train the immune system in ways no one expected | Christine Stabell Benn | TEDxAarhus given in 2018 – Christine is Professor in Global Health University of Southern Denmark. Published on YouTube by TEDx Talks June 2019. backup, different interview
    21. Talk given at Symposium About Scientific Freedom, Copenhagen, March 9, 2019 Peter Aaby, MD | Who is the brain in the system? published on by Critical Views on Immunology and Vaccines March 2020
    22. Interview with Dr. Paul Thomas Vaccine Study Costs Doctor His License, published by The Highwire 2020.
    23. The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (NCVIA),
    24. Bruesewitz v. Wyeth LLC , 562 U.S. 223 (2011),
    25. U.S. Department of Justice – fines and convictions of pharmaceutical companies
    26. The Vaccine Court: The Dark Truth of America’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program – Wayne Rhode, 2014
    27. HRSA, Vaccine Injury Compensation Data (revised monthly):
    28. Vaccine Court: The Law and Politics of Injury – Anna Kirkland, 2016
    29. Frequently Asked Questions About Vaccine Injury Compensation – National Vaccine Information Center
    30. Vaccine Injury: Tip of the Iceberg – published in Age of Autism by Wayne Rhode, 2014: “In 2010, a public awareness campaign was shelved.  Banyan Communications received a $300,000 contract to develop a public awareness campaign.  Discussions held in meetings of the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines (ACCV)…the details of the Banyan contract which determined goals and actions plans for the Secretary of HHS Kathleen Sebelius to implement were never put in place.  My FOIA’s (Freedom of Information Act) to examine the Banyan contract…”
    31. Vaccine Injury Claims Face Grueling Fight – published in Los Angeles Times by Myron Levin, 2004, reputed by NVIC
    32. Why the Statute of Limitations in The Vaccine Court is SOL – published in Age of Autism by Wayne Rhoda, 2016
    33. Depriving Vaccine Injury Compensation Program Petitioners the Opportunity of Seeking Legal Counsel – published in Age of Autism by Wayne Rhode, 2018
    34. Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.), House Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness hearings
    35. Federal program for vaccine-injured children is failing, Stanford scholar says – published in Stanford News by Clifton Parker, 2015
    36. Do As I Say, Not As I Do – published in Age of Autism by Wayne Rhode 2018
    37. Vaccine Injury Compensation: Most Claims Took Multiple Years… – GAO@100 U.S. Government Accountability Office, 2014
    38. Vaccine case draws new attention to autism debate – CNN
    39. Graphs of government childhood infectious disease data,
    40. The 112-Year Odyssey of Pertussis and Pertussis Vaccines-Mistakes Made and Implications for the Future, Cherry, 2019, Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
    41. The Pertussis resurgence: putting together the pieces of the puzzle, Lapidot, 2016, Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines
    42. Asymptomatic transmission and the resurgence of Bordetella pertussis, Althouse, 2015 from Biomed Central Medicine,
    43. Acellular pertussis vaccination facilitates Bordetella parapertussis infection in a rodent model of bordetellosis, Long, 2010, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Biological Sciences,
    44. Acellular pertussis vaccines protect against disease but fail to prevent infection and transmission in a nonhuman primate model, Warfel, 2014 from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
    45. Vaccine Free: Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Contagious Disease with Homeopathy, Kate Birch, RSHom(NA), CCH, CMT, 2009, ISBN 9781482789607, page 66.

    %d bloggers like this: