I have been representing children and adults who have suffered serious adverse reactions to many different vaccines through the National Vaccine Injury Program. Over the more than 25 years of representing the victims and their families I have been asked by various people the question of whether a child should be vaccinated. My first response is always to remind the questioner that I am not a medical doctor or an expert on vaccines or adverse reactions to vaccines.
The next thing I tell people is that I only see cases in which there are adverse reactions which are minuscule in number when comparing the number of people who are vaccinated and have no adverse reactions. Statistics alone would tell you that there is little chance of your child adversely reacting, other than the expected reactions, to a vaccine. However, I also tell them that this is a decision that should be made based upon all of the information and is personal in nature to you and your child.
Google anything to do with vaccines and you will find a variety of articles on the subject both pro and con. View those articles on both sides to help in the process. Talk to your medical doctor but remember most pediatricians are taught and firmly believe that all children should be vaccinated. In separate articles and blogs I have explained that a child by the age of 6 could have as many as 49 doses of vaccines.
I am not an advocate against vaccinating children. However, I also do not believe that every vaccine and in some cases multiple vaccines given at one time are the right thing for every child. If your child is not feeling well and has cold or flu symptoms it might not be a good idea to vaccine that child on that day. Also, there are other health conditions that may not warrant a vaccine at the particular time recommended by your pediatrician or the drug manufacturer that makes the vaccine. Again, we all need to be consumers and that includes medical treatment. Most people do not take a doctor’s opinion that they need a particular type of surgery, especially if uncommon, without a second opinion. The issue of vaccines is no different but informed decisions can only come from obtaining knowledge from a variety of sources.
One thing I tell everyone is that if you choose to vaccine your child be well aware of the adverse reactions to those vaccines before your child receives the vaccines. Watch closely and monitor your child after the vaccines even in situations when they may have had the vaccine earlier and had no adverse reactions. Know what to look for and when you see anything suspicious of an adverse reaction immediately seek the attention of your health care provider so that your child can be treated. Sometimes, prompt treatment can lessen the severity of the adverse reaction.
Again, adverse reactions to vaccines are rare. Serious long-standing and permanent side effects are even more rare; however, millions of children are vaccinated and although adverse reactions to the vaccines are rare, they do happen and in those situations you or your family may be entitled to damages through the vaccine injury program. In those situations, please contact me to discuss your options. There is no cost to you in speaking with me about a claim and should you retain our services our fees and the costs associated with the case are paid for by the program and there is no financial risk to you to pursue a claim. Finally, regardless of where you live we can represent you. The Vaccine Program is administered through the US Court of Claims in Washington, D.C. This is a federal court and as such regardless of where we are licensed to practice law whether it be Wisconsin, Illinois or New York, we can represent you or your child in the program. We have represented people from many states of which most are from states in which I was not licensed to practice law but could still represent the family in the Vaccine Injury Program. I am one of a few attorneys in the country that are able to represent victims and families in the Vaccine Injury Program and would be glad to discuss your case at your convenience and at no cost or obligation.