Is your child suffering from DPT injury or DPT vaccine injury?
The DPT vaccine is designed to immunize against diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus. Other vaccines are designed to save lives by preventing disease like polio, measles, and other serious conditions. But what happens when these vaccines cause diminished qualify-of-life side effects or worse – death – from vaccine injury?
What happens when a DPT vaccine causes DPT vaccine injury? DPT vaccines have been implicated in the death or permanent neurological or brain damage of some children. Thimerosal, which is used as a preservative in some DPT vaccines, contains mercury and has been suspected of contributing to the dramatic increase of autism. There have been reports of healthy infants who had been progressing normally to suddenly developing severe problems including autism and brain damage after receiving a DPT vaccine.
Immunizations usually begin when the child is still an infant and follows a recommended schedule. Ordinarily, a parent would weigh the potential benefits of a medication against the potential risk of using it and make an informed decision whether or not to give the medication to their child. However, parents are required by law to have their children immunized before they can attend schools in the United States.
Are DPT vaccines necessary?
There is no question that DPT vaccines have reduced or in some cases even eliminated the risk of certain diseases. However, there is a preponderance of evidence demonstrating that DPT vaccines are not without injury either.
What is the risk with DPT vaccine injury?
Like all medications -- DPT vaccines can have side effects. Sometimes side effects are only temporary or extremely rare. Other vaccines have a greater risk of more serious, long-term DPT vaccine injury.
The FDA's Vaccine Adverse Effects Reporting System (VAERS) receives about 11,000 reports of serious adverse reactions to vaccination annually, one percent (112+) of which are deaths from DPT vaccine injury reactions. However, the FDA estimates that only about 10 percent of adverse DPT vaccine reactions are reported. Under-reporting of adverse DPT vaccine reactions by the National Vaccine Information Center discovered that in New York only one out of 40 doctors or about 2.5 percent of the doctors surveyed confirmed that they report a DPT vaccine death or DPT vaccine injury following vaccination. This means that 97.5 percent of DPT vaccine-related deaths and injuries go unreported there. These startling findings suggest that DPT vaccine deaths may be well over 1,000 per year and DPT vaccine injury may be much higher.
The fact is that no one knows the actual amount of risk involved when a DPT vaccine is administered. Most children will show no reaction at all. But for the children and adults who are adversely and seriously affected, the risk of brain damage, autism, and death is 100%.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have
recommended that children be immunized with a new DPT
vaccine, but many vaccination programs still use DPT
because it is less expensive.
To add insult to injury, a purified DPT vaccine is available that's virtually reaction-free, and has been produced and used in other countries for over 15 years, using technology the U.S. abandoned in the 1970s. This reaction-free DPT vaccine costs $9 more per injection.
While most parents would happily pay the additional money to ensure their children's safety from DPT vaccine injury, drug companies have lobbied to delay the use of the purified DPT vaccine for as long as possible probably because it will cut into their inflated 50 percent vaccination profit margins.
Shouldn't the manufacturers of DPT vaccines be required to produce safe DPT vaccines?
Do you have a DPT vaccines injury case? An attorney at Monheit Law can help you decide.
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