As with all pharmaceuticals, vaccines come with manufacturer inserts which contain long lists of known, serious adverse reactions. These extensive inserts, which are rarely presented to parents, include side effects such as diabetes, asthma, celiac and other autoimmune diseases, long-term seizures, coma, permanent brain damage, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, deafness, encephalitis and meningitis.
Despite the long list of possible serious reactions, manufacturers are not held liable for vaccine injuries because of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, passed by Congress in 1986. This act declared that vaccines were “unavoidably unsafe” and created the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) and the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). Although it is estimated that less than 1% of serious reactions are ever reported, the VICP has paid out over $4 billion in compensation since inception.
After removal of liability from vaccine manufacturers in 1986, new vaccines were added to the CDC schedule at a rapid rate. With no liability, reduced testing requirements and little marketing costs, vaccines have become the "cash cow" of the pharmaceutical industry.
Interested in seeing the list of possible side effects for a specific vaccine? Click below, then select the vaccine name from the list. These inserts are very detailed and contain all the little-known information about testing, side-effects and contraindications to vaccinating.