Given that the general public doesn’t accept that vaccines can injure, I decided to start a list of vaccine injuries (many of them written by parents). For simplicity, I’ve tried to classify each story into only one vaccine injury category (although many could be classified under several vaccine injury categories).
This is only the very tip of the iceberg. In addition to these, I have heard accounts of many more from friends and family. If you have a vaccine injury story, please share your story and/or a link to your blog so that I can add your story here. How many stories do we need to hear to start to believe the truth?
What strikes me as I’ve started to list these stories is how the vaccines have affected the brains of our children (death, brain damage, loss of consciousness, strokes, autism), in addition to increasing the suspectibility to infections. These stories provide a sad, vivid and harsh context for Dr. Blaydock’s scientific review,“The Dangers of Excessive Vaccination during Brain Development”. Not included in the list below is all of the many, many children who suffer with eczema, asthma, allergies, the risk of anaphylaxis, ear infections, ADHD, etc. They are not included in this list because the link is not as obvious to parents (it’s hard to tell if our children would not have had asthma or allergies if they had not received any vaccinations, especially given that children start receiving vaccinations at such a young age, at birth or two months old), but there are several scientific studies that have shown the link between vaccinations and these diseases.
An excerpt from Dr. Tenpenny’s new book, Vaccine Wars:
“A fact that cannot be debated, however, is that we have a national epidemic of sick children… We have come to accept asthma, allergies, eczema, chronic ear infections, and learning difficulties as ‘normal’ childhood conditions. In our zeal to eradicate infectious disease, it appears we have traded the usual mild diseases in childhood, such as chickenpox, mumps and measles, for a lifetime of poor health and drugs. We have exchanged temporary illnesses for pervasive life-long diseases, disorders, dysfunctions and disabilities. A chronic illness held in check by medication is not health. The well-being of children and a community must be gauged by more than high vaccination rates and low infection rates caused by a specific, short list of pathogens.”
Or, as Dr. Mercola puts it, “Today, half of all U.S. children are chronically sick with asthma, allergies, learning disabilities and other illnesses such as autism and epilepsy. That’s 32 million U.S. children who are sick all the time, every day”.
And a recent articles states that, “One in six U.S. children now has a developmental disability such as autism, learning disorders or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention”.
Children who are most susceptible to vaccine damage are those children with compromised immune systems. In addition, if your family has a history of autoimmune disorders or are poor methylators (e.g., Alzheimer’s, depression), your child is at a greater risk for vaccine injury. More about this here.
***I encourage you to search the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). To date (as of March 6, 2012) the VAERS website has 387,333 vaccine reactions that have been reported. The actual number of adverse reactions will be much greater than this number. I have not summarized any of the information in the VAERS system. You can also search the National Vaccine Information Centre’s (NVIC) International Memorial for Vaccine Victims’ website, which lists 161 vaccine reactions to date.
Since the creation of the Vaccine Compensation Injury Program (VCIP) in 1988 (the same year mercury was added to most childhood vaccines), the program has paid $2,429,787,664.52 in compensation to neurologically injured children as of 2012. (Source: HRSA Vaccine Compensation Statistics).
Read over 1,200 vaccine injury stories submitted by parents at the “Following Vaccinations” website here.
[Note: Please let me know if any links are no longer active, so I can keep this list up-to-date.]
A scientific study published in Pediatrics 1998 found a causal relationship between the measles vaccine and permanent brain damage or death.
The study reviewed the claims to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program between 1970 and 1993. They found a total of 48 children, ages 10 to 49 months, who developed acute encephalopathy (i.e., brain injury) after receiving measles vaccine. Within this group, 8 children died, and the remainder had mental regression and retardation, chronic seizures, motor and sensory deficits, and movement disorders.
A list of several scientific studies linking vaccines with neurological disorders, including brain swelling here.
Albert, Andrew and Marco’s story – Marco’s recorded clinical symptoms, which had appeared after the Sabin polio vaccination and correlated through the pediatrician to the anti polio vaccine, were as follows: ocular nystagmus, tremors and speech defects. He died at the age of 6.
The day following their vaccination, Albert and Andrew’s health deteriorated, and they were eventually diagnosed with “Metachromatic Leukodystrophy Type” (a disease related to the nervous system). Andrew died shortly thereafter.
Dallas’ story – My oldest son, Dallas was 14 months old when he developed a neurological tic and eye problems, related to vaccines. After taking him to dozens of doctors I got no diagnoses. All the neurologist told me they had never seen this before. He is 29 years old and still has this tic and very bad eyesight and severe headaches.
Julia’s story – 12 months old – MMR-V and Hepatitis B – unconscious for 10 days, was diagnosed with encephalitis. Severe temporal sclerosis over the right side of her brain. More areas of “less” severe injury in both frontal lobes of her brain. When she left, she was severely left sided hemiplegic, was aspirating food unless thickened, was unable to sit up or roll over, was nonverbal, and screamed and cried 22 out of 24 hours a day. Back again to not sleeping for over three years.
Eric’s story – DPT at 6 weeks old – severe brain damage and seizures
Several stories of vaccine injury related to DPT and DTaP vaccines, including a 22 year who is now profoundly mentally handicapped as a result of childhood DT vaccination (scroll down).
Vaccine injury: Coma
Kash’s story – one year old vaccines – coma for 10 days; at two years old still doesn’t have many spoken words, and continues to see a neurologist and several other specialists; will need special education.
One year old boy – story is at the bottom of the page, after the description of the research conducted by Dr. Andrew Moulden about how vaccinations can cause micro vascular strokes.
Vaccine injury: Severely disabled
Eric’s story – 6 months old – DPT vaccine – within a few days started having up to 80 seizures a day. At 20 years old, he is severely disabled.
“…A dear friend would take back her personal decision to vaccinate in a heartbeat if it could bring her son back to her. As a healthy and energetic toddler of nearly two years old who was walking and running, he was vaccinated for MMR and within 24 hours had begun stumbling and falling over. Within a week he was unable to move and was confined to a wheelchair. He died prematurely as a young teenager. His mother is firm and unmoveable in her belief that it was the vaccine that caused the damage.” – Source (see What a Gem’s comment)
Vaccine injury: Seizures / Epilepsy
A list of scientific studies documenting the link between vaccines and seizures and convulsions here.
The Morales Crew – Eden’s story; also read her story here. 4 months old – 7 vaccinations in 3 shots. Brain swelling (encephalitis cries). Five years later, she still has absence seizures.
Payton’s story – 10 months old – DPT vaccine – violent seizures, respiratory arrest, mild brain damage, epilepsy
Steve’s story – three month old, also developed a hemorrhage in his brain. Was healed by homeopathy.
According to the VAERS, the number of infant febrile seizures after flu vaccine has increased – January 2011 article here
Several vaccine injury stories related to multiple vaccinations, includingseizures, autism, etc.
Several stories of vaccinations causing epilepsy here.
“My second child developed Epilepsy & Sensory Processing Disorder @ the age of 3 1/2 & I believe this was connected to the MMR vaccine although I can’t prove it.”- Source (see Rebecca’s comment on April 8 at 4:18 am)
Vaccine injury: Encephalitis cries
Keelen’s story – one year old vaccination – Pediarix (a combination shot containing 5 vaccines: Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, and Hepatitis B), Hib, and Pneumococcal – encephalitis cries (cries due to brain swelling) – was never the same again (constant pain, inconsolable, head banging)
Vaccine injury: Encephalopathy
Nichole’s Recovery - “Nichole was born on September 7, 2006 and at four months old, I took her to the health clinic to get her vaccinations, my whole life turned upside down. Nichole had acute reactions to the DTP vaccine. The DPT vaccine has been linked to brain damage, neurological damage, sudden infant death syndrome, and death. Nichole reactions 30 mins. of receiving the DPT vaccine were: she became lethargic, she was drooling excessively, and her whole body started shaking in my arms, which I found out later, Nichole was having seizures…. Her diagnosis include encephalopathy of unknown etiology with microcephaly, cortical visual impairment, GERD, global delay, spastic tera paresis, and failure to thrive with g-tube placement. Nichole’s seizures have continued to be problematic and difficult to control.”
Vaccine injury: Meningitis and repeated infections
Robyn’s story – Hepatitis B at birth, 2 month 7 vaccines – feel into a deep and unwakeable sleep and when he woke up – encephalitis cries (aka DTaP scream) due to brain inflammation. Child developed eczema and life-threatening allergies.
Vaccine injury: Autism Spectrum Disorder
1 in 100 vaccinated children are diagnosed with autism
Only 1 in 10,000 children in an unvaccinated Amish population in northeastern Ohio is diagnosed with autism.
Scientific research linking vaccinations with autism spectrum disorder here.
A scientific paper “Theoretical aspects of autism: causes — a review” states that “Documented causes of autism include genetic mutations and/or deletions, viral infections, and encephalitis [brain damage] following vaccination [emphasis added]. Therefore, autism is the result of genetic defects and/or inflammation of the brain.” Read the abstract to Ratajczak’s paper here and a CBS news article about the paper here.
Read over 1,000 vaccine injury stories submitted by parents at the “Following Vaccinations” website here. Most of the adverse reactions following vaccinations reported by parents on this website is autism spectrum disorder.
Inspiration and information about recovering children from autism here.
Baxter’s story – Baxter developed autism after vaccinations. Through a variety of methods, traditional and biomedical (including dietary changes), Baxter is not longer considered on the autistic spectrum. Learn more about the Berle’s family’s story here.
Charlie in Wonderland – Video of Charlie before and after vaccination
Alex’s Journey out of Autism – Alex’s story – DTaP vaccinations resulted in cough, runny nose, 2-3 ear infections, 2-4 ER visits for fever and cold-like symptoms; after other vaccinations, was eventually diagnosed with autism. His parents are recovering him with CEASE homeopathy, and biomedical techniques.
Autism and Homeopathy – After 2 years of vaccinations, Oliver can only speak 4 words. He was perfectly healthy during his first 2 years of life. (Spanish version here). Mother feels that Oliver’s autism was the result of vaccinations.
Autism Wars - Gavin was healthy for a whole day… He got his Hep B vaccine when he was a day old and his life of sickness began. The assault on his immune system began. His body began attacking itself. He developed Eczema all over his body. The food he was eating became a foreign invader… an allergy to wheat and milk. He was primed for future vaccine injury. His brain swelled –not enough for us to notice with our eyes, but enough to cause him pain that left him screaming and crying for two days. He now has Chiari Malformation (more common in the autism population than general population) and Epilepsy –along with his “autism”.
BioKae – Kaelyn’s story – 15 months old, 7 vaccines, she was diagnosed with autism 2 months later; her parents are currently healing her with biomedical techniques
Hannah’s story -19 months, 5 vaccines, she was diagnosed with autism at 2 years old; federal vaccine court granted Hannah’s parents a settlement regarding Hannah’s vaccine injury. Scientific American article about how a mitochondrial disorder may be related to why some vaccinated children develop autism. As many as 20% of autistic children have mitochondrial disorders.
My Autism Recovery – Kaeden’s story – received typical vaccinations – diagnosed with autism at one year old – by the time he was 6, he was healed of autism using homeopathy, NAET and other treatments.
Recovering Boys – Ty’s story – mother believes a number of factors, including vaccinations contributed to her son’s autism. A few hours after one set of vaccines, her son’s personality was gone. With biomedical treatment, her son is now recovered from autism.
For the Love of Peanut – Peanut’s story – 13 months old – received MMRV (combination of MMR and chicken pox) plus HIB and pneumococcal – parents are recovering Peanut using naturopathy and homeopathy. Peanut’s mom also describes how her two other children also had vaccine reactions, including one child who had grande mal seizures and developmental delays and the other has reflux, selective mutism, OCD, bipolar disorder
Aspie Mom – chicken pox vaccination at 1 years old, two meningitis vaccines and hepatitis A/B combo – around that time, development really ceased to progress. Everything up until about one year seemed normal to me, but those “first words around the first year” never came.
Ben’s story – “When Ben was 12 months old he suffered a brain injury from being vaccinated”. He eventually was diagnosed with autism.
Casi’s story – health deteriorated with every vaccination and developed autism after MMR vaccination – eventually died from meningitis when she was four years old.
Boy Connected – mom lists all of the aggravations and improvements that arose when her seven year old son cleared the MMR vaccination using CEASE homepathy.
Chandler’s story (Adventures in autism) – 18 months – “After Chandler’s diagnosis I went back and watched home videos to find out when things started changing for him. We had a gap in our video’s between my older son’s birthday in September and Halloween. It was clear that he had changed sometime during that time. After watching the videos I checked his shot record and found that Chandler had been vaccinated just before the gap in the video, five weeks before Halloween.”
Healing Joshua – After his vaccine injury … Joshua never spoke another meaningful word until he was 14. This site is about HOPE and HEALING …. and the journey we have taken…. We know Autism is treatable …
RJ’s story – MMR, Hepatitis B, Polio vaccines – Rodney Peete’s son and his book, Not my Son.
Michael’s story – developed severe diarrhea after Hep B vaccine at 14 months. Regressed slowly into autism over 2 year period. Mother describes his recovery using sequential homeopathy.
A couple of successful CEASE therapy case studies where vaccinations resulted in autism.
Jacob’s story – Jacob developed autism after routine vaccinations when he was three years old
Josh’s story – 18 months old – DPT vaccine (cumulative reaction with other vaccines to date) – Josh stopped talking, and was eventually diagnosed with autism. Parents are recovering Josh with biomedical treatments.
Joshua’s story – 17 months old – had received all childhood vaccinations at that time. Since then, his parents have identified that Joshua has a genetic mutation in the MTHFR gene (5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (NADPH)) that affects his immune system and makes him hyper sensitive to vaccinations.
Josiah’s story – 16 months old – 9 vaccines – started having seizures right away, stopped talking and was eventually diagnosed with autism.
Kyan’s story – Kyan was 13 months old at his one year baby well check when he received his routine vaccinations including the MMR. Several days later he developed a high fever, broke out in a full body rash, would not sleep, and screamed and cried inconsolably for days. He was eventually diagnosed with autism.
Landon’s story – 1 year old – his development was eventually slowed down and milestones not being met after the MMR vaccine. He was eventually diagnosed with autism. Landon is now 11 years old. He has additional diagnoses of Hypotonia, PANDAS, MTHFR mutation, immune dysfunction, speech delay, fine and gross motor delay.
Lane’s story – 20 months old – 6 vaccines – “We lost that little happy, healthy toddler to a blank staring, hand flapping, no eye contact, no words, just meltdowns from hell.”
Madi’s story – video showing Madi before and after she developed autism after vaccinations.
Marley’s story - Marley was a 5lb premature baby who received the Hep B shot and many shots afterwards and now she has autism.
Nick’s Story – Thinking Mom’s Revolution – 15 months: received the MMR, Dtap and Hib in one visit. Over the next “three months we had been in the Emergency room, spent countless hours with On-call pediatricians and Sick visits for unrelenting ear infections, bronchitis, and endless rounds of antibiotics.” By 18 months, Nick stopped speaking.
Parker’s story – 18 months – MMR, plus flu shot, chicken pox, etc, eight shots at one time – “Within 30 days, he stopped saying words, stopped using eating utensils, and stopped responding to his name. Within the next six months, he lost all eye contact with us, started hand-flapping and spinning, and almost completely stopped sleeping.”
Rachel’s story – diagnosed with ADHD and OCD, we added PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Disorder Associated with Streptococcus) and Asperger’s Syndrome, resulting from vaccinations.
Regarding Caroline – After the MMR vaccine, Caroline lost her words, and was diagnosed with sensory processing disorder and verbal apraxia.
Savannah’s story – Savannah’s mom discusses how vaccines not only resulted in her daughter’s autism, but also a damaged immune system in thisblog post.
Seth’s story - my son had a bad reaction to his 4 shot series at 14 months old with high fever and a swollen leg. He regressed in speech and began watching the TV with his face in the screen. He would not make eye contact. He was eventually diagnosed with autism.
Spectrum Mum in Malaysia – when she was 1.5 years old, Maya slowly regressed after the Meningococcal C vaccine. She became withdrawn, lost many of her skills, she spoke less and less. She never progressed to constructing sentences even when her peers were already speaking well. She started having outrageous tantrums, meltdowns and horrible mood swings. She was eventually diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Two years later, with aggressive biomedical DAN! treatment, she is recovered.
Tanner’s story – Read Rhonda Spellman’s book, “The Journey Home from Autism”. Her son suffered from mercury poisoning as a result of routine vaccinations, which resulted in autism. She also recovered her son using GFCF diet and supplements.
Timmy’s story – 9 weeks old – DTAP, IPV, Prevnar, and HIB; eventually diagnosed with autism.
Alexis’ story – 21 days after receiving the DTP shot, she came down with the following symptoms: lethargy; fever; loss of appetite; excessive sleeping. Shortly after MMR shot, she developed vaccine-induced Hodgkin’s Disease. Alexis died when she was 17 years old.
Vaccine injury: Juvenile Diabetes
Another chronic autoimmune disorder that is on the increase in multiple vaccine recipients is juvenile type 1 diabetes. In New Zealand, there was a 60% increase in juvenile diabetes following a massive hepatitis B vaccination program for newborns. In Finland the incidence of juvenile diabetes increased 147% in children under five after the introduction of three new vaccines for children in the late 1970s. Then, in the late 1980s, addition of a live MMR vaccine and an experimental vaccine (Hib) resulted in another 62% increase in the incidence of juvenile diabetes in children 3 months or older who received the new multiple vaccines (source).
Scientific studies linking vaccinations and diabetes here.
Grayson’s story – 12 month vaccinations – “Grayson reacted to his 12 month vaccinations for an entire month, non-stop. Doctors really had the gall to tell me that each of these incidents was unrelated to one another and/or the vaccinations. He was tested for diseases such as EBV, Lyme, arthritis and even leukemia. I’m sorry, but 4 live viruses should never have been injected into my baby in one sitting and I have since learned that he probably never handled his vaccinations well, because as I look back on pictures, I see one of his eyes turned in slightly, his lip not quite in line symmetrically with the other side and as we progressed through his vaccination schedule, his personality changed. He changed.”
Theo – five months old – (a friend’s son) developed pneumonia and an ear infection after receiving the pneumococcal vaccine.
Vaccine injury: Severe Eczema, Flesh-eating infection, Small pox
Vaccine injury photos showing severe eczema, flesh-eating infection, small pox lesions (warning: graphic photos)
When researchers in New Zealand compared the rates of asthma in children that did not receive multiple vaccinations to rates in children receiving multiple vaccinations, those children who did not receive the vaccines did not present with asthma; whereas 23% of children receiving multiple vaccines had to have asthma consultations and 30% had consultations for other allergic illnesses (source).
A child with Hyper IgE syndrome “became sick at 2 months of age, which is immediately after his first whooping cough vaccine. I can’t prove that was a cause, but I strongly suspect it exasperated his problems. We gave him a whooping cough booster two years ago, and 24 hours later he became unbelievably sick. His asthma was out of control, he could not get out of bed and his skin flared all over. It took a lot of careful homeopathy to get him through that. If it weren’t for the homeopathy, he would have been in the hospital.”
Scientific studies that document the hazards of the Hepatitis B vaccine, including vision loss, hearing loss and various ailments.
Eight stories, with reactions that include chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, bedridden, wheel-chair bound, mononucleosis
“”The FDA also received over 2,400 adverse event reports for hepatitis-B vaccine in children in that same time frame, culminating in death, hospitalization, or prolonged disability. Add the reports for adults and the number swells to 27,000 serious reactions to the vaccine. With all camps in this debate in agreement that ten percent or fewer of adverse events ever get reported, this means that the vaccine may kill or disable thousands more than the disease itself.” Read full article here.
“I am the mother of a vaccine-injured child. My daughter is 17, so she is soon to be a vaccine-injured adult.For the last 17 years I have watched my daughter’s health evaporate as if into thin air. As an infant, she was slow to gain weight and was diagnosed with “failure-to-thrive.” She was intolerant of milk, had mysterious rashes and “fevers of unknown origin.” She was very prone to ear infections and had two sets of tubes placed in her ears.” Read her entire open letter here.
Major Sonnie Bates’ story – He noticed that dozens were extremely ill following the anthrax vaccine. Autoimmune disorders, but all had some common link. He approached his commander and said that he would refuse the vaccine. The military threatened him with a court martial and 5 years in prison. He refused to take the vaccine and made headlines around the world and appeared on 60 minutes. Anthrax vaccine has disabled and killed thousands and is the direct result of Gulf War Syndrome.
Vaccine manufacturers have paid out nearly $2 billion in damages to parents in the US. In all, around 2,000 parents have received compensation payments that average $850,000. Sadly, since the Vaccine Injury Compensation Payment (VICP) have not awarded settlements to any parents of children with autism because they refuse to recognize any link between vaccinations and autism (Source: New England Journal of Medicine, 2007; 357: 1275-9).
You can report a vaccine reaction to the US National Vaccine Information Center NVIC.You can also search the NVIC Vaccine Reaction Database.NVIC is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1982 by parents of vaccine-injured children.
The following books describe more accounts of vaccine-injured children:
Jenny McCarthy’s Mother Warriors and Louder than Words
Verspoor and Smith’s Autism: The Journey Back
Rodney Peete’s story about his son’s autism after his MMR vaccination: Not my Son
Barbara Coppo’s Boy in the Window – son developed autism after the DPT vaccine when he was 19 months old
Marge Grant’s A Stolen Life – her son developed severe brain damage DPT vaccine when he was an infant