Vaccination May Raise the Risk of Meningitis


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration maintain a database of information about adverse effects from the administration of vaccines licensed in the U.S. The database is called the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS),1 a federally operated program created under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986.

One study published in the journal Neurology evaluated data from VAERS to look at the rate of occurrence of meningitis after vaccines were administered to individuals from infancy to 74.7 years. Reports were pulled from 1990 to 2010 looking at the onset of meningitis within six weeks after an individual was vaccinated.

They found 722 cases. Of these, 415 (57.5%) occurred in the first six weeks and 327 (45.2%) occurred within the first two weeks. In the group, 76% of the individuals were hospitalized and 6.9% were disabled after the infection cleared. Meningitis was reported after several types of vaccinations. These included:

Vaccine Number With Meningitis
Hemophilus influenza B 314 cases (42%)
Hepatitis B 115 (15.9%)
Oral polio 114 (15%)
Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis 104 (14.4%)
Diphtheria, tetanus toxoids, and acellular Pertussis 89 (12.3%)
Heptavalent pneumococcal protein conjugate (PNC) 88 (12.1%)
Measles, mumps and rubella 84 (11.6%)
Inactivated poliovirus 67 (9.2%)

The team of researchers concluded: “The unbalanced distribution of reports of meningitis in the first six weeks after vaccination is suggestive of the possibility that some cases may be triggered by vaccination.”2

Yet meningitis is not the only adverse effect associated with vaccinations. Using the same database, another team found 54 reports of individuals who reportedly contracted Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) after vaccinations in 2004. Of these, 38 happened within the first six weeks.

The highest number of individuals with symptoms of GBS occurred in those who received influenza vaccine followed by a hepatitis vaccine.3 Although the vaccine industry and many public health organizations insist that vaccines are universally safe and effective, much of the data from VAERS and case reports tell a distinctly different story. Most people are not aware of and never see the data from VAERS. You can search the VAERS database here.

Six Out of 10 Non-Live Vaccines Increased Mortality

One team of researchers studied the nonspecific events of vaccines over the past 40 years. They discovered that some vaccines are protecting individuals from diseases other than what they were vaccinated against.4

Other vaccines were also associated with a higher level of mortality from diseases unrelated to the vaccination, such as the list of vaccines above that are associated with meningitis.

Dr. Christine Stabell Benn was a researcher in this study. She spoke with a reporter from Science News about the frustration researchers experience when they discover people opposed to vaccines are justified in their concerns and are not heard. She said:5

“What do researchers do when they discover that vaccination opponents are justified in being concerned? No vaccines have been studied for their non-specific effects on overall health, and before we have examined these, we cannot actually determine that the vaccines are safe. In addition, our research shows that some vaccines actually increase overall mortality, especially among girls, and this is very worrying.”

The research into nonspecific events began in 1979 when a colleague of Benn’s discovered children vaccinated with a live attenuated virus for measles had a mortality rate 70% lower than those who did not get the vaccination. The researchers found this was up to a 20% lower mortality rate than could be explained by the measles vaccine.6

However, other vaccinations demonstrated increased mortality in children, including the diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine. Further analysis showed vaccination with live vaccines, including BCG (Bacille Calmette-Guérin for tuberculosis disease), oral polio and smallpox, appeared to improve the immune response to a variety of infectious diseases and thus reduced overall mortality.

By contrast, the researchers found non-live vaccines, including the pentavalent vaccine, H1N1 influenza, DTP and hepatitis B vaccines, increased overall mortality, with a higher rate among girls.

What Is Meningitis?

Meningitis is the medical term to describe swelling of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord.7 The inflammation can happen from a bacterial, viral or fungal infection. It can also happen from certain drugs, cancer and injuries. How it is treated will depend on the cause.

It is important to get medical attention quickly since bacterial meningitis can be deadly within just a few hours. Permanent damage can also occur, including hearing loss, learning disabilities and other brain damage.8

Although viral meningitis is the most common type diagnosed and is less severe, the symptoms are nearly identical to bacterial meningitis. They include headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, confusion and sensitivity to light.9

The Number of Recommended Vaccines Continues to Increase

Although some people begin telling the history of vaccinations with Edward Jenner, who developed the first vaccine against smallpox in 1796, others argue it was inoculations first created by the Chinese in the year 1000 that mark the birth of the first “vaccine.” Smallpox inoculations were also widespread in Africa and Turkey, long before the practice spread to North America.10

Large-scale mass vaccination programs with smallpox vaccine were instituted in the U.S. in the 19th and early 20th centuries, but did not include other vaccines until the late 1940s, when recommended vaccines for children included not only smallpox but also diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis.11

The first polio vaccine — the inactivated Salk vaccine (IPV) — came on the scene in 1955 and was replaced by the live attenuated oral polio vaccine (OPV) in 1962. Live attenuated measles, mumps and rubella vaccines were added in the late 1960s (the combination MMR vaccine was licensed in 1971). Hemophilus influenza type B was added to the childhood vaccination schedule in1988, followed by hepatitis B vaccine in 1991.

The number of vaccines given to children and young adults continued to mount and, by 2020, the recommended schedule for children was 69 doses of 16 vaccines by age 18, including an annual flu shot. Although vaccines were historically given only to children, the pharmaceutical industry has expanded its market to include vaccines for people across all age groups.

The government recommends that adults get a tetanus booster every 10 years, the newest version of which contains protection against pertussis and diphtheria (Tdap vaccine). Doctors also recommend that adults receive influenza, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, pneumococcal and meningococcal vaccinations. The first shingles vaccine for adults came out in 2006 and a second vaccine was released in 2017 that provokes a stronger inflammatory immune response.

As a new type of vaccine for COVID-19 looms on the horizon, more people are questioning the effectiveness and safety of a vaccine protocol that injects foreign substances into your body to hyperstimulate inflammatory responses in the hope your immune system will develop artificial immunity.

Big Pharma Is Shielded From Liability

Although there is a database to record vaccine injury, the pharmaceutical companies enjoy protection from liability in the U.S. In November 1986, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act became law to give vaccine manufacturers partial liability protection from vaccine injury lawsuits.12

The Act also established a federally operated Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) alternative to a lawsuit for injuries caused by vaccines that are recommended for children by the CDC.

According to Legal Talk Network, the purpose for the 1986 Act was to induce vaccine makers, wary of costly vaccine injury lawsuits, to stay in the vaccine manufacturing business to create and market vaccines without fear of being sued.13

When the Act was passed by Congress in 1986, it did not give liability protection to doctors or other vaccine administrators from medical malpractice lawsuits. However, Congress quietly passed an amendment in 1987 that provided a liability shield for doctors.14

Then, over the next 30 years, Congress added more weakening amendments and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also weakened the safety and compensation provisions in the law through rule making authority.

In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court declared FDA-licensed vaccines to be “unavoidably unsafe” and removed all remaining liability from vaccine manufacturers — even if there was evidence the company could have made a vaccine safer.15

Unfortunately, the bottom line today is that if you receive an FDA-licensed and CDC-recommended vaccine for children or pregnant women that causes injury or kills you or your child, the vaccine manufacturer and health care practitioner are protected from being sued in civil court.

As I’ve written before, the National Vaccine Information Center has reported that the original law passed by Congress in 1986 did not legally shield individuals administering vaccines from medical malpractice lawsuits and only gave vaccine manufacturers partial liability protection, which preserved the legal recourse for parents of vaccine injured children to sue companies for design defect (failure to make a vaccine safer).

However, over time, the law’s provisions were substantially eroded by Congress and federal agencies until the threat of vaccine injury lawsuits effectively was entirely removed.

Robert Kennedy Jr., founder and chairman of the board of directors of Children’s Health Defense, talked about this travesty in a short video. While the remaining minutes of the video are not specifically about vaccine injury, it is well worth watching. Kennedy said:16

“There’s no reason to make [vaccines] safe because nobody can sue [them] … there’s no consequence of giving you a really dangerous vaccine … it’s a gold mine. If you can get a vaccine on the CDC schedule, it’s worth a billion dollars a year typically to your company.”

VAERS Monitors Trends Without Repercussions

This means that VAERS can monitor trends in the voluntary reporting of vaccine injuries and deaths but neutralizes any legal repercussions for permanent injury or death as a result of a government recommended vaccine.

Don’t forget, most of the CDC-recommended vaccines are mandated by states for children to attend school, while more vaccines are being considered for adult mandates (such as proposals to legally require all children and adults to receive the COVID-19 vaccines being fast-tracked to licensure).As I’ve discussed, with the threat of vaccine injury lawsuits removed, more pharmaceutical companies have entered the lucrative vaccine business.

For the past three decades, the global vaccine industry has been busy creating hundreds of new experimental vaccines, pushing for some of them to be fast-tracked, even before the recent push for a COVID-19 vaccine. As Kennedy mentions, one vaccine on the CDC schedule may be worth $1 billion each year or more to the company. Kennedy continues:17

“You cannot sue them for redress. There’s no discovery; there’s no depositions; there’s no medical malpractice; there’s no class actions.”

In preparation for a potential emergency following further threats of bioterrorism after 9/11, the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act was passed in 2005.18 This act also shields vaccine makers from lawsuits for injuries caused by vaccines that were created and used during a declared public health emergency. The COVID-19 pandemic falls into this category.

Experts admit that “fast-tracking” an experimental vaccine like COVID-19 at “warp-speed” has never been done and will present a public health safety problem. This may be greater than the injuries and death experienced with past vaccines since it is “basically a form of gene therapy.”19 In a Harvard Business School interview, Ken Frazier, chairman and CEO of Merck & Co., said:20

“I think when people tell the public that there’s going to be a vaccine by the end of 2020, they do a grave disservice to the public … first of all, it takes a lot of time. I think the record for the fastest vaccine ever brought to market was Merck in the mumps vaccine. It took about four years. Our most recent vaccine for Ebola took five and a half years …”

What Are Your Options?

As history has shown, it is vital that everyone gets involved now and stands up for the legal right to make voluntary vaccine choices. Although you currently do not have any legal recourse after a vaccine injury, it is important to report your or your child’s vaccine reaction experience to VAERS.

Mounting evidence of injuries and deaths may someday prompt a response to protect public health. Reports can be made online and instructions can be found at the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System website.21

While national policy recommendations are made at the federal level, vaccine laws are made at the state level. You can think globally but act locally in your state, where you can take action to protect your right to make vaccine choices.

Currently, these choices are being threatened by lobbyists representing drug companies, medical trade associations and public health officials, who are trying to persuade legislators to strip you of all vaccine exemptions.

By signing up for the NVIC advocacy portal at www.NVICAdvocacy.org you have immediate and easy access to your state legislators on your smartphone or computer so you can make your voice heard.

NVIC will send you email alerts to keep you up to date on the latest vaccine-related bills in your state and you will get practical, useful information so you can become a more effective vaccine choice advocate in your own community. I also encourage you to visit the NVIC’s main website at NVIC.org.





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