Identifying vaccine injury after years

I had fully vaccinated my elder son without being aware of the vaccine injury symptoms that were being presented after each vaccine. I actually realized his vaccine injury only after the final booster shots of MMR and DTaP that are given before kindergarten. 15 minutes after the shot, when we reached home, my son just curled up into a bundle and fell asleep in my mother in law’s lap with nothing to speak or look at. My eyes opened that day.


When we decided that we must recover our child from this and started searching for answers, we found homeopathy. The first thing my homeopath wanted was history from pregnancy, birth and all the way till the current age of the child including a detailed immunization history. He was 5 and 1/2 years old at the time. My younger one was 1 1/2 years old.

Writing this history was not easy. It was a process that took me a week. If any parent has to write such history for their child, here are some useful tips.pexels-photo-208544.jpeg

Warning: You will be surprised at what you find. I was surprised to discover that some tics that my son had when he was 3 1/2 started after the flu shot he was given that year. The ophthalmologist had no idea or explanation for this at the time.

Here are the tips : (more…)


VAERS Database

The VAERS database is the place where any vaccine injury is reported. It is natural for everyone to assume that the numbers in the VAERS system is an accurate representation of vaccine injury cases. But this is not true. It is an under reported system. Doctors do not report most of the cases to VAERS at all. Does this mean that there aren’t significant cases worth reporting?

I see a few reasons why the vaccine injuries are not reported

1. The information sheet that parents get at the doctors office does not provide adequate information.

2. The doctors are not given any incentive to report in VAERS.

3. Lot of parents do not make the connection with vaccines.

So how can the VAERS database be made from under reported to adequately reported?

One thing I feel can help is to give the parents a fact sheet about VAERS as well which will create awareness among the parents. The parents should also be provided the lot and batch number of the vaccines their child received.

The CDC should also update the Vaccine Information Sheet to reflect the time until which parents need to look for vaccine reactions. Parents assume that it is only one or two days, wheras an adverse reaction that is gradual would even manifest a month later OR provide the vaccine inserts to parents one week before the well baby check up. Let the parents read, look at family history, ask the doctor any questions they have and then make the decision.

Parents please share how the VAERS can be improved.


After birth

Right after he was born, my son was given the Hepatitis B and Vitamin K shots like they do in all the hospitals. We were moved from the child birth room to a normal room in the hospital. For some reason, they did not do much of skin to skin contact between mother and child at that time.

We were waiting for a lactation consultant to help us with breastfeeding. Despite me thinking that it was a natural and easy thing for a mother to nurse her child, the opposite was true. Our son could only latch with the nipple shield, which at the time I thought was a failure on my part. This was one of the truths that all the books and articles online wont tell a pregnant mother. Breastfeeding is not natural for everybody, it is a struggle at the beginning.

24 hours after child birth, we were discharged from hospital and sent home. That evening as the baby cried out of hunger and I tried to nurse him, I felt like I did not have much milk to offer the baby. It felt crushing to me that I was failing my baby. I sent my husband to get some formula from the store and fed him. This is another new experience in life when all that knowledge did not help. This was because no one tells you that it will take more than 48 hours for a mother’s body to produce milk. I wish I had known this at the time. After many attempts of pumping and trying to have my son nurse, I was relieved to have a milk supply 3 days later. But by this time, the baby got accustomed to the formula than my milk. With a lot of struggle and learning along the way, I was able to nurse him upto 10 months though not exclusively like I wanted to. (more…)