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Childhood vaccines are immune from liability.

The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) of 1986 acknowledges that vaccine injuries and deaths do and will occur. The act does not allow families of vaccine-injured children to take vaccine manufacturers to court, and instead requires them to petition the Federal Vaccine Court. The Act also requires health professionals and vaccine manufacturers to report adverse events to Health and Human Services (HHS) any adverse events via the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) that occur after the administration of a vaccine, yet it is believed that just one to 10% of injuries are reported.

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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. 


The VAERS website 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." 

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


Any medical event that occurs after vaccination can be reported, even if there is uncertainty that it was caused by the vaccine. This directive comes direct from the CDC and FDA. 


Per the CDC, 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.

Source: CDC, Jul 19, 2012

  • 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

Data from michigan.gov/mdhhs allows you to see the number of deaths from a disease and how many of those people were vaccinated. VAERS data indicates how many people were injured from the paired vaccines. 


The table presents data from 2014: Of the 1,424 cases of whooping cough (of which 68% who were vaccinated), there were zero deaths as a result of the disease, but there were 2 deaths and 14 serious injuries (e.g., high fever, brain damage, or seizures) reported after receiving the vaccine.

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