An injection of realism

January 3, 2012 by
Filed under: Parents' Pages, Vaccine Myths, Vaccine Science 

Are Vaccines Magical?

It is magical thinking that there are virtually no injuries caused by vaccines and the vaccination process. The safety factors promoted are completely unrealistic and could not be achieved by the use of a real placebo. Why? Because virtually all vaccines are injected, and the injection process itself, separate and distinct from the vaccine, is by definition an invasive medical procedure with multiple known risk factor rates greater than current vaccine safety claims.

Ask any responsible medical professional if it is possible to perform 1,000,000 insulin, Vitamin B12, or even saline injections without an injury. Serious adverse reactions from injections happen all the time. And medical error in general is a much larger problem than most people realise.

From the National Academy of Science: Medication Errors Injure 1.5 Million People and Cost Billions of Dollars Annually

This PowerPoint illustrates multiple common errors, see slide 2

Here a technician was using improper injection techniques for flu shots

“But they must be the only ones…” Nope, sorry. It turns out that this is a continuing problem across the entire health care industry.

3 Myths About Safe Injection Practices”-

….Premier survey conducted in May and June last year, indicating that of 5,446 provider respondents (better hope your HCP is not one of these), the following engage in unsafe injection practices:

  • 6% sometimes or always use single-dose/single-use vials for more than one patient
  • 9% sometimes or always reuse a syringe but change the needle for a second patient
  • 15.1% reuse a syringe to enter a multidose vial
  • 6.5% save that vial for use on another patient.

So, are vaccines and vaccination magical?

What about manufacturing errors?

Just before the earthquake Japan halted vaccinating with a couple of vaccines due to contamination

Merck was recently cited for delivering vaccines containing pieces of charred shrink-wrap and other problems.

You cannot even guarantee sterility using proper procedures, as illustrated by the recent recall of contaminated Triad alcohol wipes, which the FDA didn’t correct for several years. So you could have a properly manufactured, etc. shot and still get a sick patient.

Imagine every potential failure point- manufacturing, packaging, labeling, shipping, storage, reconstitution and preparation for injection, correct injection method, proper sanitary procedures followed, patient mix-ups, etc. Project that out over the several hundred million vaccine injections given annually.

Is it really reasonable to claim that every dose of the 100’s of millions of injected vaccines used every year in the US – is manufactured, labeled, etc. and administered perfectly?

The World Health Organization doesn’t think so, that’s why they have a manual for investigating the expected, inevitable Adverse Events Following Immunization, or AEFI. They expect a certain number of adverse events and use that baseline as an indicator for troubleshooting vaccine campaign problems.

Part of the communication problem between parents and doctors, is that for vaccinators “rare” and “very rare” adverse events have a numerical value assigned to them by the Brighton Collaboration that greatly exceeds the general public’s value. For a vaccinator an adverse event is very common (>1/10); common (>1/100); uncommon (>1/1000); rare (>1/10 000); very rare (<1/10 000), or not previously reported. The average parent does not consider an event that occurs more frequently than 10/100,000 to be rare, or up to 9/100,000 to be very rare

Injury reporting in the US is hobbled by the patchwork method healthcare is delivered- one facility for routine care, another for urgent, and yet a third for emergencies. Like most things health care related Canada does a better job than we do. Public Health Canada records that serious adverse events, defined as birth defect, extended hospitalization, permanent disability, or death, occur at a rate of 1/100,000 doses.  What is more likely, that Canada has an inferior vaccine administration system or that the US has an inferior vaccine injury tracking system?

While this is a very low individual risk, a 1/100,000 or 10/million rate projected out over the 350+ million or so doses annually administered in the US adds up to 3,500+ injuries or deaths.

This is why the safety question will never go away. These are people who have suffered legitimate injury and have family and friends who also know that the injuries occurred. If every injured person has a circle of 10 others, we are looking at 35,000 people who know that the risk is real.

Calculate that over 20 years and you will understand where the pool of “refusers” is coming from.

Does a healthy child have a 1/100k risk of serious injury or death from the Mumps or Chicken Pox? Those were never even reportable diseases prior to the development of vaccines for them. Was there a public outcry demanding these vaccines?

I have heard of vaccines being compared to seatbelts, (and therefore not vaccinating is equated to not using a seatbelt), but that analogy would only hold true if 1/100,000 times someone was wearing a seatbelt, it malfunctioned and choked the wearer to the point of serious injury, brain damage or death.

In the real world all kinds of failures occur.

Vaccines are some of the most complex pharmaceutical products manufactured, using live and attenuated biologics, that require very specific handling. Some have to be frozen, some refrigerated. Many have to be reconstituted with a “diluent”. It is a common mistake to mix the incorrect diluent, or even inadvertently use another medicine.

Medical mistakes are made all the time- so why would vaccines be different? Are vaccines and vaccination magical?

Dennis Quaid’s children were almost killed by a medication error at Cedars-Sinai, yet the medical profession assigns perfect safety records to vaccine administrators at Rite Aids and Walgreens?

How many conventional injection mistakes (quite apart from reactions caused by the vaccine ingredients) are being masked by the near hysterical defense of vaccine safety?

Why is the immutable medical dogma one which states that “vaccines are incapable of causing harm, and any or all temporally associated events following an injection labeled vaccine are coincidental”?

How many “vaccine” injuries are really undiagnosed medication errors?

Symptoms that would normally warrant a medical emergency are often dismissed when they occur following an injection that is labeled a “vaccination”.

In a “non-vaccine” medication error investigation the first thing confirmed would be what was actually injected into the patient. Did the patient receive the correct medication? In many hospitals, medications are prepared in a central pharmacy and sent out to the various wards on medication trolleys. Maybe the patient was injected with a syringe originally intended for another person in a different treatment room because the staff member didn’t double check the medication. Was the vial mislabeled? Next, was it manufactured properly? Contaminated or adulterated in some way? Was it properly prepared with mixing and dosage ratios? Was it used within the recommended time-frame, as some products have a limited window for administration. A toxicology report could be performed to see if any common medical office medications were improperly administered.

The bottom line is that because of the foregoing, for some people the scenario, “My child was fine before the shot, and then was injured or killed”, is a true statement. And perhaps not because of what the WHO classifies as a “vaccine reaction”, but from a “programme error”. Not everyone who claims vaccine injury is mistaken or lying. Vaccines are not magically exempt from the normal natural laws of statistics and errors.

From the “Arizona Immunization Conference” April 28, 2011, Powerpoint-
Slide 36; Reporting Vaccine Administration Errors
CDC currently has no mechanism for reporting vaccine administration errors
If an adverse event occurs it should be reported to VAERS
(*My Note- The only organization tasked with tracking injuries and apparently structured in such a way that its information is disregarded by proponents as inaccurate.)
Discussions are underway to develop a reporting mechanism
Slide 38
“Rights” of Medical Patients (*My note- short list of potential errors)
Right patient
Right vaccine or diluent
Right time
Includes administering at correct age, correct interval, and before vaccine/diluent expiration
Right dosage
Right route, needle length and technique
Right site
Right documentation


6 Comments on An injection of realism

  1. Nicky C on Wed, 4th Jan 2012 9:42 am
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  5. Mindanoiha on Sat, 7th Jan 2012 12:20 pm
  6. Excellent article!
    There is an additional aspect – inaccurate doses.

    In many vaccines the virus antigen is in the form of tiny, invisible particles dispersed in the vaccine. In these cases multidose vials are inferior to single dose units.

    Irrespective of the administrator’s technique regarding shaking, the correct amount of virus antigen in each dose cannot be guaranteed. Even if the doses from multidose vials are accurately measured regarding volume, one cannot know if one receives the correct amount or strength of virus antigen – or if it is the same as that which the next person in the vaccine queue receives!

  7. Virginia on Sat, 28th Jan 2012 4:29 am
  8. I’m so thankful you’re providing this kind of information. As a parent, it’s been an overwhelming task to try to educate myself about vaccines. The vast universe of “unknowns” pertaining to vaccine safety is daunting. Thanks for putting a face on a few of those unknowns!

  9. Laurie on Thu, 4th Oct 2012 5:38 am
  10. I am a visiting RN, looking after elderly patients in their homes, and I have a question:

    How often is there INJURY to a patient due to improper injection technique??
    My patient was given a “flu shot” the other day, by a student nurse, and reported
    EXTREME muscular-type pain down that arm all day yesterday (less than 24hrs post injection). Allergic Rxn was ruled out. She did develop a low-grade fever (1o).
    She said the injection site was on the TOP of her shoulder, best I can tell, either
    directly over the acromion process, or between the AC and the head of the
    humorous, . . . NOT in the body of the Deltoid muscle (outside of the upper arm).

    **Could that be the reason for her “9-10 on a scale of 1-10” pain??
    I was so worried about her all day yesterday, . . I called the hospital/nurses who administered the vaccine, they called the CDC, we called the doctor, almost took her to the ER – – but after icing the area, resting and taking NSAIDs, she appears to be feeling “a little better” this morning.

    Please tell me what you think.
    The pain she was experiencing was so bad we were actually considering the possibility of NF (Necrotising Fasceatis) !! (sorry, don’t know correct spelling)

    Laurie Ballard, RN
    Bel Air, Maryland

  11. Boss on Thu, 4th Oct 2012 5:59 am
  12. Laurie,
    If the people who are on the spot aren’t sure what happened, why do you expect a group of bloggers to be able to figure it out?

    What we tried to point out in the article is that vaccines could be perfectly safe (which they are not) and there would still be thousands of injuries a year just from the injection process.

    I think your patient is one of those thousands. I’m sorry!

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