Report a vaccine reaction

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Time and again, parents have their children vaccinated. It is recommended by governments after all. The child reacts, the parent calls the doctor, the doctor says to watch it, perhaps head to the ER, but they rarely tell you to REPORT a vaccine reaction.

This is something that happened with us with our daughter when she was only a few months old. Until that day, I swear she hadn’t cried. The day she received two shots, she cried for hours on end. A piercing scream. She was in pain. She likely had the “dtap scream” AKA swelling of the brain or encephalitis. But crying inconsolably was on the list of things to potentially expect, right? Since then I’ve heard about this happening time and again. Our doctor was informed and we declined more vaccines for quite a while. We feared getting that vaccine for our son and our doctor understood our fear but said he likely wouldn’t have the same reaction. Now I tell everyone, report a vaccine reaction no matter what.

Here are a few facts about reporting a vaccine reaction.

– All reactions should be reported. Crying for hours, very hard bumps in or near the injection site, etc.
– Without reporting the data will not be there to ask for safety to be considered
– If your child has a reaction and you file/win a lawsuit, the drug companies do not pay, those who paid for the original vaccines did.
– It is hard to pinpoint vaccine-related injuries because multiple vaccines are often administered
– There is little recourse for individuals with problems
– Report “known” side effects including getting “symptoms” of the actual thing you’re trying to prevent (ie, chicken pox “rash” after chicken pox vaccine, flu-symptoms after flu)

From VAERS website, “VAERS is a post-marketing safety surveillance program, collecting information about adverse events (possible side effects) that occur after the administration of vaccines licensed for use in the United States.”

To report a vaccine reaction go to VAERS.

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Fund in the US is made up of money paid into the fund with each vaccine administered. This is meant to “prevent” drug companies and physicians from being sued, but this basically ensures that the drug companies have no monetary reasons to care about true safety. It is really a trust fund… nice, right?

“Funded by a $0.75 excise tax on vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention for routine administration to children. The excise tax is
imposed on each dose (disease that is prevented) of a vaccine. Trivalent
influenza vaccine for example, is taxed $0.75 because it prevents one disease;
measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, which prevents three diseases, is taxed $2.25″

Learn more about making a claim against the vaccine trust fund here. Vaccine injuries are real and not as rare as you think.

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About the Author:

Attached Moms main writer, Amanda, is a full-time mom transitioning from her full-time work life. She's mom to V who just turned 6, and 4 year old R. With an inter-cultural relationship, she's attempting to navigate parenting, using her heart, not just her 'book' knowledge. She's earned a BS in Social Sciences, BA in technical communications and has three master's degrees: business, education and psychology. From Michigan originally, she currently resides in the Mumbai, India vicinity.

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