What You Don't Know About Vaccines That Might Change Your Mind About The Covid Vaccine

Denying or questioning a vaccine is probably one of the most controversial stances you can take in 2020. You’ll be called a science denier and, of course, an anti-vaxxer.

By Linda Catalina3 min read

However, it’s time to have an honest and balanced conversation around the vaccine topic and understand why some people choose to skip vaccinations and question “the science.” After all, vaccines, like any other pharmaceutical product, have side effects and risks that we have to consider.

We’ve all heard the line “vaccines save lives and they are safe and effective,” but how safe are they? Do parents research the childhood vaccination schedule prior to making the decision to vaccinate? Years of research on this topic has led me to understand that most of us have been blindly vaccinating ourselves and our children with very little knowledge. In fact, barely anyone knows that vaccine manufacturers are exempted from liability, and if your child suffers an adverse reaction to a vaccine, you will be suing the U.S. government. 

Why Can’t Vaccine Manufacturers Be Sued for Vaccine Injury? 

In the 1970s and ‘80s, pharmaceutical companies paid out millions to Americans for vaccine injury lawsuits. The litigation was expensive and extremely complicated since it’s very difficult to prove vaccines actually cause adverse effects in people. According to the CDC, “the number of lawsuits involving DTP vaccine alone increased from one in 1978 to 73 in 1984, and there was danger of vaccine manufacturers withdrawing from the market.” 

The thought of drug manufacturers leaving the U.S. market alarmed public health officials who joined forces with pediatricians, parent groups, and vaccine manufacturers to come up with a solution for this issue in the name of “public health.” In 1986, Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, which protects vaccine manufacturers from all liability and established the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program to compensate those who claim to have suffered a side effect caused by vaccines.

The U.S government has paid over $6 billion dollars to the victims of vaccine injuries.

Do you know how many parents know about any of these programs established by the federal government? Barely any. Physicians and pediatricians don’t inform parents either, so if their child does suffer an adverse reaction to a vaccine, parents are left in the dark with very little help from their doctor who is more than likely going to deny any correlation between a vaccine and a potential injury. 

How Does the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program Work? 

It’s important to note that the Vaccine Injury Act only includes certain vaccinations, which are mostly childhood vaccines such as the MMR, DTaP, and Hep B. Since the program is not fault-based, people claiming vaccine injuries don’t have to prove that the vaccine actually caused the injury, but rather, that the injury happened immediately after the vaccine. 

If a parent believes their child has been injured by a vaccine, they can file a claim with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The court then notifies the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), which represents the HHS in the vaccine court.

People claiming vaccine injuries have to prove the injury happened immediately after the vaccine. 

It’s a complex process, as following the claim a healthcare provider with the HHS reviews the petition and determines if the claim meets certain medical criteria for compensation. If the vaccine court does determine that there can be compensation for the claim, this still doesn’t mean that they’re admitting the vaccine caused the injury. 

The vaccine court is rarely talked about or mentioned in the mainstream media because the reality is that the more people know about vaccine injuries, the more they’re likely to question vaccines. 

But Vaccines Eradicated Deadly Diseases Like Polio!

That’s the story that we were told, that vaccines saved us from deadly diseases like polio and the measles. Be honest, have you ever looked into the polio epidemic that occurred in the 1940s and 1950s? How about the history of the disease? Probably not. Let’s begin by stating a simple fact that’s completely overlooked by vaccine advocates, and that’s that polio is spread via fecal matter, which can occur through contaminated water or food.

What are the chances of you consuming fecal contaminated water or food in the year 2020? 

The U.S. didn’t have a proper sanitation and public health system until 1960, and most of the polio outbreaks happened in rural areas, where people didn’t have access to clean water or a proper sewage system. These extremely important pieces of information should tell us that perhaps this disease was not eradicated just by a vaccine, but proper structures in our public sanitation system helped mitigate the spread of the polio disease. 

What are the chances of you consuming fecal contaminated water or food in the year 2020? So that leaves the question, is it still necessary to vaccinate against diseases like polio if you live in a developed country?

The Cutter Incident

After the 1952 polio epidemic, medical researcher Jonas Salk started developing the polio vaccine. By April 12, 1955, the vaccine was successfully developed and deemed  “safe and effective.” The government licensed several pharmaceutical companies to produce the polio vaccine and start the mass immunization program. 

One of the companies chosen was Cutter Laboratories of Berkley, California, which manufactured 120,000 doses of the vaccine. The results were catastrophic: 164 people developed paralysis in response to the vaccine, 10 people died, and 40,000 got a mild version of polio. 

164 people developed paralysis in response to the vaccine and 10 people died.

This became known as “The Cutter Incident,” and it’s another historical fact that’s rarely mentioned in the mainstream world of science. 

Modern Day Polio

In recent years, The World Health Organization (WHO) has had to come clean about polio derived from vaccines. ABC News reported last year that there are “more polio cases now caused by vaccine than by wild virus.” The new polio cases in four African countries can be traced to the live virus in the oral vaccine, which is causing more paralysis in children than the wild polio. (Read more on this topic here.) About 1 in 200 children will develop paralysis from polio. That’s a 0.5% chance of becoming paralyzed. 

ABC News reported last year that there are “more polio cases now caused by vaccine than by wild virus.”

Most of the funding for the initiatives to eradicate polio in third world nations come from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, who are publicly known vaccine advocates and are currently involved in the development of many of the COVID-19 vaccines. 

Closing Thoughts 

After years of learning about the diseases we vaccinate for, and the untold history of diseases like polio, I can honestly say that the chances of dying or suffering serious side effects from any virus like COVID-19 are usually 0.5% for healthy individuals, and that’s a risk I’m willing to make. I believe my immune system is good enough to fight the disease, and I don’t have trust in products that are free from liability. Lastly, as we saw in the Cutter Incident, a rushed vaccine such as the COVID-19 vaccine can have fatal consequences. So, to me, it’s simple — where there’s a risk, there must be a choice.