David Denton Davis MD, a graduate from The George Washington University School of Medicine, a Charter Member of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is the author of Dancing Cats Silent Canaries, a story about his career and his viewpoints about what parents can do to lessen the risks of their babies succumbing to the epidemics of SIDS and Autism.
While writing my book, I came to the realization that I have been part of what might be described as a sleeping giant—an organization known as the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). In drawing this analogy, I believe it is fair to say a significant percentage of parents with sick infants seek immediate medical care at sites other than their primary care locations. Many of these infants and children will have received a recent immunization. Unless doctors working in emergency and urgent care fully understand and appreciate the objectives of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) and the requirements of the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), the majority of adverse events will go unreported.
This organization, which I helped create, has perhaps unknowingly, failed to assume responsibility for adhering to the requirements of this 25 year old law designed to protect children and vaccine makers. Without doubt injuries have been caused by vaccines; otherwise there would never have been need for a law and a compensation mechanism. To date more than $2 billion has been paid to victims and their families. Through education and a minor procedural change I believe this giant can awaken and reaffirm a leadership role through reporting compliance.
This means infants, children and adults who arrive at acute care facilities within four to six weeks of an immunization with any illnesses characterized by vaccine manufacturers as a possible adverse event will be recognized and reported. Typically seizures, fevers, rashes, vomiting, irritability, lethargy, weakness, numbness and even death will be found in vaccine literature. According to law physicians should consider these illnesses as adverse vaccine events until proven otherwise and initiate a report. Due to the passive nature of the system submission of adverse event reports is the only method for determining the actual safety of vaccines. Therefore VAERS reports are of critical importance for identifying any that may be harmful. Evidence suggests these reports have been overlooked in most acute care settings.
An actual survey of emergency and urgent care providers failed to identify significant knowledge of either the NCVIA or VAERS. A twelve month extrapolation of the estimated daily missed adverse events points to an annual non-reported number greater than the cumulative twenty-five year total. As a consequence actual vaccine safety appears to be based on a very small percentage of adverse events. Missing reports, including deaths, will be misconstrued as evidence they never happened. Without enforcing physician compliance the NCVIA is inadequately protecting babies. Unless the number of adverse reports reaches a critical high figure the real danger may never become known.
In testimony before Congress Michael Belkin, the father of a five week old baby who died 18 hours after receiving her Hepatitis B vaccine estimated 95% of all adverse events are going unreported. This may be an underestimate. I did not complete a VAERS report during the first 35 years of my career. Sadly, a survey of my colleagues revealed I was not alone. Once aware I soon began noticing the need for one to two possible VAERS reports each week. The only possible conclusion is vaccine related illnesses have, and if nothing is done, will continue to go unreported. Acute care provider compliance will is essential for uncovering the missing information.
The first implication of the current non-reporting phenomenon is vaccine manufacturers are not receiving important information necessary for determining the actual safety of their products. This places many infants in potential jeopardy. Secondly parents may never learn a vaccine may have been the cause of their child’s illness and subsequent injury. For example, recent VAERS reports revealed the MMRV (Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella) combination vaccine was associated with more febrile seizures than the MMR. Many more thousands of seizures related to these polyvalent vaccines have likely gone unreported meaning the MMRV combination may be far more dangerous than either parents or physicians have been told. Trying to fathom the long-term effects of vaccine induced seizures is virtually impossible. Not attempting to attribute a seizure to a vaccine may be even worse.