NVIC: Ask 8 Before You Vaccinate

A guide about vaccine injury & reporting

Michigan Families Have Suffered

Learn about their experiences by visiting MichiganVaccineInjury.org


Did you know?

The total damages paid to vaccine injury victims surpassed $4 billion in 2018, yet according to the federal government, only 1-10% of injuries are reported.


Vaccine Injuries

The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) of 1986 requires health professionals and vaccine manufacturers to report to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) adverse events that occur after the administration of routinely recommended vaccines.

CDC Video  |  Jul 19, 2012

Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System 

Anyone can report a vaccine injury: health care providers (doctors, nurses, case workers), vaccine manufacturers (typically during studies), and vaccine recipients. 

Per the CDC website, vaccine effects can be mild, such as discomfort at the injection site, to severe adverse reactions such as seizures, encephalitis, or even death in some cases.

Many members of MVC state that they were obtaining regular vaccinations for themselves or their child until an injury occurred. Many also report that their doctor wasn't concerned about vaccine reactions (ranging from mild to severe), thus the injuries were never reported.

Report any medical event that occurs after vaccination, even if you cannot be certain that the event was caused by the vaccine. This directive comes direct from the CDC and FDA.


VAERS states: "Underreporting is one of the main limitations of passive surveillance systems, including VAERS. The term, underreporting refers to the fact that VAERS receives reports for only a small fraction of actual adverse events." 


Bearing this in mind, it is impossible to have a complete picture of vaccine safety. If you or a loved one experiences an injury, encourage them to report their reaction at vaers.hhs.gov. 

For vaccine injury victims seeking compensation for injury or death, they are often surprised to learn:

  • Vaccine cases are only heard by one court in the country, the United States Court of Federal Claims

  • The vaccine manufacturer does not stand trial, nor do they attend or require representation at the hearing

  • Attorney's fees for victims are paid by the vaccine court, which is funded by a special tax on vaccines; the consumer funds the court, not the vaccine manufacturer(s)

  • Court cases take years to be heard; so any expenses for injured parties severely burden their caretakers

  • Several cases for vaccine-induced autism have been heard and rewarded; Hannah Polling made national headlines when her case was won in 2010

The table displays the number of adverse reactions resulting from the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) and Pertussis (Whooping Cough) vaccines in Michigan, versus the actual disease, based on Michigan health department and VAERS data.

In 2014, there were 1,424 cases of whooping cough (in which 68% were vaccinated). While there were 0 deaths as a result of the disease, there were 2 deaths from the vaccine, and 14 serious injuries (high fever, brain damage, or seizures) reported from the vaccine.

If only 1-10% of vaccine injuries are reported (per the FDA & CDC), that could mean that between 144 and 1,584 cases of serious injury or death from the vaccine went unreported.

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