Have you heard the big news in the anti-vaccine world?
Reagan didn’t do much for vaccines, but it isn’t fair to pin this one on him.
It seems that some folks think that the Department of Health and Human Services hasn’t been complying with federal vaccine safety mandates for 30 years.
Did the US Government Lose a Landmark Vaccine Lawsuit?
While anti-vaccine folks are pushing this lawsuit victory (?) to make folks think that HHS has done absolutely nothing to promote vaccine safety in the last 30 years, that is obviously nonsense.
The lawsuit was actually just about the reporting requirements of paragraph (c) of section 2127 of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986.
It should be clear that the HHS has done plenty to promote vaccine safety though.
Even if no formal reports were filed, the HHS secretary did report to and appear before Congress. Come to think of it, they even sent some reports to Congress.
And the Health and Medicine Division (HMD) division (previously known as the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has published a number of vaccine safety reviews and reports under commission of HRSA, an agency of HHS.
Where do folks think that all of those IOM vaccine safety reports and reviews come from? Were they sent to Congress?
And also consider that:
- the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC), established in 1987, has had regular meetings and published regular reports about vaccine safety
- a number of other vaccine safety oversight advisory committees and government groups were established, including the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Review Advisory Committee (MIDRAC) of NIAID, and the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, with the Vaccine Interagency Group of the National Vaccine Program Office providing overall coordination. They all report to the Secretary of HHS.
- the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) and Vaccine Safety Datalink were established in 1990, but it is important to keep in mind that VAERS was created from a merger of the CDC Monitoring System for Adverse Events Following Immunization (MSAEFI) and the vaccine reports contained in the FDA Spontaneous Reporting System (SRS) programs. It’s not like we just start following adverse events following immunization in 1990.
- a Task Force on Safer Childhood Vaccines was established and completed a report, “identifying key issues and enhancing collaboration on behalf of vaccine safety” in 1996. Did someone forget to send it to Congress?
- the Salk inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) replaced the oral polio vaccine (OPV) in 1996 because of a small risk of vaccine-associated paralytic poliomyelitis (VAPP), beginning with a sequential IPV-OPV vaccine schedule and then going to an all IPV schedule in 2000
- the DTaP vaccine, which is supposed to have fewer side effects than DTP is licensed, and replaces DTP for all required doses by 1997, although DTP is never actually shown to have caused seizures or brain damage
- RotaShield, the first rotavirus vaccine is licensed in 1998 but is soon withdrawn from the market in 1999 after it is associated with an increased risk of intussusception, a form of bowel obstruction
- the Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment (CISA) Project was established in 2001
- a new National Vaccine Plan was established in 2010, with the goal to develop new and improved vaccines, enhance the vaccine safety system, support communications to enhance informed vaccine decision-making, ensure a stable supply of, access to, & better use of recommended vaccines in the U.S., and increase global prevention of death & disease through safe & effective vaccination. Was the plan sent to Congress?
- vaccine recalls have occasionally been issued
- a White Paper on the U.S. Vaccine Safety System was published in 2011
- a report on Safety of Vaccines Used for Routine Immunization
in the United States was published in 2014
- a report on Overcoming Barriers and Identifying Opportunities for Developing Maternal Immunizations was published in 2016
Most importantly, new vaccines have been approved that protect our kids against many more now vaccine-preventable diseases.
HHS Settles Lawsuit Over Vaccine Safety Reporting
But wait, did the HHS even lose the lawsuit?
They actually didn’t.
They did settle a lawsuit though, a lawsuit which was then dismissed.
So like the CDC whistleblower movie that didn’t include a whistleblower, anti-vaccine folks think that they have a smoking gun about vaccine safety reports, except that it is very obvious that all kinds of reports about vaccine safety have been done over the years.
Vaccines are still safe. And they are still necessary.
What to Know About the HHS Vaccine Lawsuit
Although it does seem like HHS didn’t file the required formal reports and keep to the strict letter of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, there is abundant evidence that they have actually done all of the work required to make sure that our vaccines are safe.
More on the HHS Vaccine Lawsuit
- Anti-vaccine ICAN settles with HHS – what does this mean for vaccines?
- Del Bigtree vaccine safety complaints – HHS Vaccine Program responds
- Encouraging Vaccine Innovation: Promoting the Development of Vaccines that Minimize the Burden of Infectious Diseases in the 21st Century Report to Congress
- Evaluation of the 2010 National Vaccine Plan Mid-course Review: Recommendations From the National Vaccine Advisory Committee
- National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO)
- National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC)
- NVAC Reports & Recommendations
- Task Force on Safer Childhood Vaccines – Final Report and Recommendation
- Strengthening the U.S. Vaccine and Immunization Enterprise: The Role of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee
- 1994 National Vaccine Plan
- The Standards for Pediatric Immunization Practice
- The Energy and Commerce SubCommittees
- Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
- Chairman Alexander’s Prepared Remarks for Senate Health Committee’s Hearing – “Zika Virus: Addressing the Growing Public Health Threat”
- S. Hrg. 114-554: The Reemergence of Vaccine-preventable Diseases: Exploring the Public Health Successes and Challenges, Hearing of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, February 10, 2015
- Smallpox Vaccination Plan: Challenges and Next Steps
- Influenza Vaccine Shortages and Implications – CRS Report for Congress
- CDC – Vaccine Safety Publications
24 thoughts on “Did the US Government Lose a Landmark Vaccine Lawsuit?”
Wow… you seriously messed up. I understand this is just your opinion with some quick facts from the closest CDC website you could find, but I hope you knew when you made this article you would practically be throwing a rock at a wasp nest from 2 feet away. I aplaud your patriotic exercise of free speech, well done, but here comes the whiplash. HHS failed and that sucks and they are now millions of dollars in debt.They failed at the one job they were supposed to do for 32 years. We trusted them. Even if there are studies that say vaccines are safe and effective and we should shoot up 7 of them in one sitting, we trusted the HHS. Also don’t try to label everyone as “anti-vaxxers” as most of us are not. Anti vaxxers are completely against even the thought of vaccines. I for one would love a disease cure all medical precedure with no side effects. Safe vaccines are an amazing idea, but even the fact that the HHS didn’t do any safety studies (or if they did and they’re hiding it from us) makes me unsure. I don’t expect you to instantley say, “wow you’ve changed my mind.” as that is the most rare thing on earth, but I hope you have at least listened to someone else’s opinion.
Wait a second I confused Monsanto’s multi-million dollar lawsuit with this one, sorry. They are however going to be in debt if this lawsuit goes any further.
What a pitiful attempt to discredit an event that obviously can’t be discredited
Is that oregonians for medical freedom? Thanks. The were not complying with reporting the saftey to the public that’s a big deal. I think this is even worse, they actually do have the reports to provide to congress, and aren’t providing them to the public as stipulated.
What is shocking is that big pharma point blank refuse to modernise their method of making vaccines. There are modern techniques that would mean aluminium or mercury would not be required as adjuvant… no neurotoxins in baby vaccines… wouldn’t that be a huge step forward.. but no because they say their vaccines are proven by data and they aren’t prepared t start from
ground zero!! Ridiculous
If you own an animal then tell your vet you don’t want to vaccinate them and see what you get. Wow they sell “safer vaccines”. That just Fin scary in and of itself. I had animals of all breeds dying at around 10 years of age and brought them to vet regularly until I was vaccine injured. That’s when I decided to do my own little expirement. The last animal standing was not given any vaccinations etc from that point on. He lived to 18 and he went outside regularly (cat). Go figure!!
I’d say that this is a classic example of regulatory capture but this sham goes much further than that. This industry actually got litigation immunity! In exchange they agreed to submit to regulatory agency oversight, but, as usual, that agency ends up being their biggest apologist, protector, promoter, and cheerleader. It is to laugh.
In the future no one will vaccinate, because no one cares about vaccines anymore but a few nutcases. The problem is these few nutcases are very rich and fund other nut cases that just want everyone to be nuts. So they put crap into these vaccines. I have not vaccinated for over 20 years and I am still alive. So I envision a future when no one else does. The world of tomorrow will see vaccines similarly as modern science regards moon landings. Following science´s decision to dismiss moon landings as utter crap in 2018, it will be the same with vaccines. Italy was only the beginning. Vaccines are the business of religion, and that is why all the big abrahamic religions support them.Social media platforms should be among the first to start taking action against vaccine manufacturers. Vaccine manufacturers should lose the license to produce vaccines if they harass or threaten people on social media. If they continue to do in the United States they should be deported from the country. Its time to rise and revenge against the abuse and horrors that failed and misguided, bigoted vaccine mandates have brought us. So much harm and hate we have to retaliate and stop letting vaccine manufacturers tell us what to do.
You’re a doctor – read the studies. And when I say read I actually mean READ the studies, don’t just rattle off the most recent rehearsed CDC dogma they program you do say in med school – READ the studies THE CDC links to in THEIR website.. they’re counting on you not READING the studies and just buying their extremely profitable trash. You’re a doctor- you have a responsibility to READ the studies.
Exactly, any doctor that has actually read the studies will see what actual trash was used to get these toxic concoctions approved in the first place, not to mention the massive levels of corruption going on inside the regulatory bodies tasked with keeping these substances ‘safe’. Here’s looking at you CDC, FDA, etc. Anyone thinking of vaccines – read the studies. Take the time to do it, no studies were ever done that compare actually non-vaccinated to vaccinated subjects. They always get either another vaccine or just the toxic components of the vaccine then when a large % of both groups develop all sorts of serious adverse reactions they approve its safety based on both the vaccinated and control group having similar results! The entire industry has degenerated into a criminal organisation.
Why are there people like you who are wildly defending our completely criminal government as its exposed yet again for blatant corruption relating to prioritizing corporate interests for fiscal gain above and at the direct expense of public health? This is the tax funded governmental alphabet agencies put in place to PROTECT us seemingly intentionally developing unsafe products in order to make us slaves for life to big pharma abd you are spreading pro-corrupt narrative propaganda? What a jerk. You are a shane to your own species. To our beloved planet. News flash idiot: it takes a very small amount of effort to research the huge mountain of data diligently compiled by quslified experts who have dared to stabd up against the “status quo” because they could not compromise their morals for a paycheck. There is bribe money involved for every person pushing vaccines across thw industry as researchers/scientists and doctors. It takes a true hero and a passionate expert to do what doctors ARE SUPPOSED TO DO these days in supporting health. Most doctors are drug representatives for big pharma. They know nothing of true health. They know nothing but propaganda lies about diet and nutrition. What value do we have for them? They shoyod all be in prison for criminal negligence. Get your facts straight before publishong such lies. This court case against the US government deserves media attention to bring scrutiny against pur government for harming us intentionally for decades, centuries even. Vaccination is an abomination. A 200 year old mistake with np foubdation in science but roots in dogma. This case was won because passionate people who have fought for over 20 years for their rights to see the safety studies for the vaccines released to the public for the past 30 years turned up with this answer- THERE ARE NO SAFETY STUDIES. We are injecting, in some states FORCIBLY, huge amounts of aluminum (a known NEUROTOXIN) into babies and small children! We are destroying their gut health with antibiotics to treat their symptoms from the inflammation they experience in this to such an extreme degree that it is twisted. Then we wonder why there is a paralell increase in neurological disorders and autoimmune disease????? Our oeadership telling you these lies is psychotic. All the true information is out there and easy to access, you just have to use critical thinking skills to filter the propaganda. You are not using critical thinking skills. You are either entirely ignorant on this subject or a very, very bad person. Either way you are part of the problem. I urge you to treat yourself abd others with some respect and educate yourself on both sides of this controversy— without any of the propaganda information—and revisit your unethical and incorrect article. For writing this BS you owe the readers an apology. We dont need to respect spmeone simply hecause they have a doctorate. There are also lost of people highly qualified with numerous doctorates who are anti-vacc. Let alone all tgeir peer reviewed paoers which are just one more source of proof. Its too bad all the media you listen to vashes abyone for questioning so called “science” in such a trashy and dogmatic fashion without having any solid data on which to present such a huge part of medical treatment and industry in our world. Its corrupt abd you are brainwashed and stupid
The A.I. sabotaged the spelling to try to discredit you. Darkness hates the Light. That was a beautiful expression of Truth.
Anyone in the medical career field knows- If it wasn’t documented, it wasn’t done. And you are held liable for non documentation!!
Funny thing about your article here is you link to the IOM study purportedly showing the vaccine schedules are safe. Here is the title. Childhood Immunization Schedule and Safety: Stakeholder Concerns, Scientific Evidence, and Future Studies -2013
I absolutely, 100% guarantee you didn’t read this study. Because if you did, you’d quickly see it says the EXACT OPPOSITE.
But hey why bother reading beyond the headline? The headline tells us all we need to know, right???
I literally just read it and it says the current vaccine schedule is safe. “In this most comprehensive examination of the immunization schedule to date, the IOM committee uncovered no evidence of major safety concerns associated with adherence to the childhood immunization schedule.” Maybe you should have read the article before making false statements about what the article said. ” The committee’s review did not reveal an evidence base suggesting that the U.S. childhood immunization schedule is linked to autoimmune diseases, asthma, hypersensitivity, seizures, child developmental disorders, learning or developmental disorders, or attention deficit or disruptive disorders”. Don’t blatantly lie about what a research article says.
Vaccine schedule = schedule to be retarded.
The massive amounts of antibiotics in vaccines make them potentially unsafe for children and adults. These antibiotics have likely caused devastating demyelination in a small number (?) of vaccine recipients. Some data also suggest vaccines cause a plethora of autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, although to my knowledge, a study has never been done to confirm or refute this hypothesis.
It is not the miniscule amounts of mercury or aluminum that should have us worried. It is the active ingredients in vaccines which are intended to short-circuit beneficial biological mechanisms, which need to be investigated for safety.
I am not an anti vaxxer, but i am cautious and informed about whati inject into my body. Apologist pieces like this one do little too assuage my concerns; in fact my concerns are amplified, because with religious fervor the writer defends his beloved government organizations and pharmaceutical companies, which have shown themselves to be unethical in many matters.
I understand the concept of herd immunity and agree that it confers a benefit on society. I don’t want to ignore or minimize that fact. However, bringing stability to society at the expense if the health of many seems like a Soviet tactic from the 20th century. We need to examine all the evidence closely and without fear. Just stop your sycophantic pandering and seek out the truth about vaccine safety.
If vaccines are so safe, why do people have to take a vaccine every year? If they are so safe why are antivaccers banned from so many social media sites? If they are so safe why are vaccine manufacturers refusing to debate them? If vaccines are so safe why are there so many vaccine injuries? If vaccine manufacturers can think for themselves why do they always react ´thought, ban´when they see a person criticize their products? Why are vaccines so stupid? Could it be, because the people who manufacture them are clinically retarded?
The real question is, Are anti-Vaxxers the flat-earthers of the science world? Or is it the other way around?
In 1986, Congress charged Health and Human Services (HHS) with the primary responsibility of ensuring vaccine safety after removing product liability from vaccine manufacturers as part of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensation Act. This means vaccine manufacturers cannot be sued regardless of how toxic their product is, regardless of how little safety testing they have done and regardless of if they knew their vaccines cause harm and sold them anyway. As part of the 1986 Act, HHS is required to create a task force and submit bi-annual reports to Congress detailing actions taken to ensure vaccine safety. This stipulated order shows that HHS has not acted in its duties regarding vaccine safety, forcing 78 million American children into a vaccine program with no safety provisions. And you are basically defending their actions? SHAME! Oh the brainwashed shame of this website.
A vaccine is an immune-modulator. Therefore it is bound to have side effects. If the medical community would just embrace this then they could find safer ways to vaccinate people and not lose the trust of the masses. This one size fits all, mandatory vaccination crap is what is causing mass hysteria. Personalize vaccination, get proper per-vaccination testing, explain the benefits and the risks and those vaccines that are tried and true will shine through statistically. Putting any random vaccine on the children’s vaccination schedule and ultimately causing harm is what’s turning pro-vaxxers into ex-vaxxers.
“mas hysteria”?? That’s another way of saying people do not want the vaccines for their kids– and CERTAINLY don’t want to be FORCED to it legalistically, the way Big Pharma has made the US government perform.
Why must people be forced to it? Why, if vaccines are so safe, can’t the government simply distribute them to those who want it, and leave the rest of us ALONE?
Show me the controlled studies that a particular vaccine is safe and effective.
I do want to take a safe and effective vaccine!