December 6, 2017
This Friday, December 8, the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines, the last holdout intended to be a voice for vaccine-injured children, will decide whether they will recommend the addition of tics, asthma, allergies, autism, PANDAS,[*] PANS,[†] PITANDS,[‡] and ADEM[§] to the Vaccine Injury Table. If any of these disorders were added to the Injury Table, it would extend the statute of limitations from three years to eight years, enabling children who suffer from the added conditions and missed the three-year deadline to file claims or “petitions” to be compensated by the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, and their injuries would be presumed to be the result of their vaccinations, lowering the bar for required evidence.
Here’s how much the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services does not want the Commission to recommend the addition of these injuries to the Vaccine Injury Table:
- The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program passed over community-based nominations to the Commission in favor of Health and Human Services-funded people who research ways to convince hesitant parents to vaccinate their children.
- The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program will hold the discussion of these petitions, submitted by parents of injured children, with one of the two parent seats on the Commission vacant—even though a parent, who is also an MD, was nominated to the vacant position last March!
I feel this is unacceptable, and I am calling my Senators and Representative and am inviting them to attend the meeting with me! I found who they are by visiting the following links. Every American citizen is invited to attend these open meeting by telephone, so I’m including that information below if you’re interested.
Find your representative here.
Find your Senator here.
To call in to the meeting on December 8, any time after 9 a.m. Eastern time:
Dial 1-800-369-1833 and enter the Passcode 6706374.
You can see details about the agenda and the petitions under “Meeting Book” at the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA, a division of HHS) website.
If you call in, don’t get fooled by the stilted way the Health and Human Services-funded MDs present the science to the Commission. They are quite one-sided and lack objectivity because of undisclosed conflicts of interest. Basically, they’re paid to try to present the information in a way that will dissuade the Commission from recommending these conditions for inclusion on the Vaccine Injury Table. Each of these conditions has a body of science that supports their designation as vaccine injuries—especially tics, allergies, autism and ADEM—but it’s unlikely that the Committee will hear any of it. [Editor’s note: we have covered some of the science on these conditions in many articles in the past.]
You might wonder why they would go to all this trouble. Health and Human Services must pay for the injuries, but the Vaccine Injury Trust Fund, from which injury compensation is paid, is so underfunded that if HHS compensated these injuries, it would bankrupt the Vaccine Injury Trust Fund. Think about it, why would the most powerful and profitable industry in America, boasting sales of nearly a trillion dollars, fight so hard to keep the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensation Act on the books against the will of the people if they weren’t trying to hide from liability? Why would pharmaceutical companies, profiting $24 billion a year from the sale of vaccines, be afraid of $3 billion dollars in liability payments, unless the injuries are far more prolific and widespread than is generally believed. If injuries are far more common, you’d better bet HRSA/VICP isn’t going to let anyone serve on the Commission that 1) might admit to that fact, and 2) might recommend paving the road to expedite payment of compensation for those injuries.
To provide written comments as part of the public record for this meeting, email your comments to [email protected].
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[*] Pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections
[†] Pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome
[‡] Pediatric infection-triggered autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder
[§] Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis. Note, this is the condition for which Bailey Banks, who also suffered from autism, was compensated by the Vaccine injury Compensation Program.