The US vaccine program has gone seriously awry. How so? And what should we do about it? First, let’s step back more than 22 years to 1999 and hear what a concerned MD had to say.
Time may prove that vaccine programs went awry when they deviated from the most basic traditional medical ethics: the right of a patient to accept or reject a therapy, or the right of parents to accept or reject a medical procedure such as vaccines for their children.
Freedom of choice provides a system of checks and balances now lacking.
Adverse events from drugs and vaccines are common, but underreported. Although 25% of ambulatory patients experience an adverse drug event, less than 0.3% of all adverse drug events and 1-13% of serious events are reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Likewise, fewer than 1% of vaccine adverse events are reported. Low reporting rates preclude or slow the identification of “problem” drugs and vaccines that endanger public health.