This "risks" theme was supported by Karen Garloch, a "medical and health care reporter" for the Charlotte Observer, who wants to have a "more open conversation about all this." While acknowledging that all her stories were just anecdotes, and that "vaccines are a good thing" and "we don't maybe remember the horrors that were evident when these childhood illnesses were more prevalent in our lives," she then goes on to add: "Now the things we see...some parents are seeing autism, you know. Not that autism is connected to vaccines now. But that's a thing that's on the rise too." Same goes for ISIS I might add!
The last half of the show featured Mitch Weis, from the AP, on the problems with vaccine courts - which of course prompts Collins to ask: "Doesn't the mere existence of a vaccine court speak volumes about the risks involved in having your child vaccinated?" In his response, Weiss actually claims that "All the claims that are paid out are because a vaccine caused an injury." Really Mitch?
The goal of the NVIC is not to determine scientifically if there is a link between a particular vaccine and a particular side effect. That is determined by the scientific community. Rather, the NVIC’s charge is to determine if “compensation is appropriate” in specific cases. They also give the benefit of the doubt to the families.
In many cases families do not have to prove that a vaccine caused a specific injury, only that their child had a certain medical outcome within a specific time frame of being vaccinated. Further, certain outcomes are considered “table injuries,” meaning that all the family has to do is establish that the child has the condition and the onset was within a certain window after getting a vaccine, and then compensation is automatic.vaccine encephalopathy...
There is no clear evidence that vaccines increase the risk of encephalitis. In fact, they clearly decrease the risk of encephalitis caused by the infections they prevent. There is a net and very large advantage to being vaccinated in terms of encephalitis risk, even if we assume that cases of encephalitis occurring after vaccination were caused by the vaccination. We know statistically this cannot be true in all cases, and it is possible that it is true in no cases.religious exemption or the home school loophole in North Carolina.
Based on what I already knew and everything that I learned from today's show, I would acknowledge that there are always risks and summarize what parents should do to minimize them as follows:
Update: March 19 - On a brighter note, a bill was filed in the NC Senate today to repeal the religious exemption for vaccinations and the sponsors also seem eager to discuss the home school loophole...