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Why do some people think vaccinations are bad, even though there is no evidence that they are?

Daniel Garcia

I don’t know what bad means but there is a lot of evidence that vaccines can cause harm, there is even a government compensation program where people are compensated for serious injuries including death.

In 2018 a child was compensated for vaccine injury that caused serious brain damage and lifelong disability.…

In 2017 a family received compensation for an sudden infant death caused by vaccination.…

In recent years hundreds of millions were paid out to victims. It’s known that most of such injuries are never reported or linked to a vaccine because most people including doctors don’t believe or expect any harm from a vaccine thus the yearly amount that could in theory be paid would be billions each year.

The estimated risk of an adverse reaction, we often hear it’s 1 in a million, is probably distorted by the fact that the estimates are either based on reported adverse events which are known to be an underestimate as less than 1% of adverse events are ever reported[1] or epidemiological studies when they are available. If no data is available the estimated number of a certain injury is assumed to be zero even when it’s a reported adverse event.

An IOM review found that for 86% of serious adverse events there was not enough science available to determine whether or not they were caused by a vaccine but found that for the adverse events where enough studies were available two thirds were likely caused by vaccination.

Safety trials may also underestimate the true rate of adverse reactions. In recent years a danish journalist uncovered that during HPV vaccine trials adverse events in trial subjects weren’t reported properly due to design flaws.[2]

Some women in the safety trial became permanently disabled but their health problems were never registered by the drug maker.

Safety trials do also often have very short follow-up periods or use other vaccines as a placebo which can make it much harder to identify possible side-effects.

A 2012 Cochrane review concluded:

“The design and reporting of safety outcomes in MMR vaccine studies, both pre‐ and post‐marketing, are largely inadequate. The evidence of adverse events following immunisation with the MMR vaccine cannot be separated from its role in preventing the target diseases.”[3]

A 2012 survey found that either 1 in 20 or 1 in 5 pediatricians would delay MMR vaccination for their own children.[4] Clearly it’s not just the laypeople who do have concerns about possible negative effects due to vaccination.

I don’t believe that people are unable to understand the concept of risk and benefit or that 100000 is a bigger number than 5000 but they are concerned about side-effects and believe that the current system used to monitor vaccine safety is flawed.



[2] What the Gardasil Testing May Have Missed


[4] Vaccination practices among physicians and their children


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