Forty children are suspected to have died as a result of receiving routine
vaccines in the past seven years.
"Actual statistical vaccine deaths are much higher, in the thousands," said vaccine researcher Dr. Dave Mihalovic. "The problem is, the coroner never states 'death caused by vaccine' but only correlates the symptoms related to the death."
Childhood vaccinations are also suspected of having left two young children
with brain injuries and caused more than 1,500 other neurological reactions,
including 11 cases of inflammation of the brain, 13 cases of epilepsy and a
The data, disclosed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory
Authority (MHRA) following a request by The Sunday Times under the Freedom
of Information Act, shows that, since 2003, there have been more than 2,100
serious adverse reactions to childhood vaccines, some of which were
Fifteen injections are given routinely to young children as part of the
government's vaccination programme. They offer protection against diseases
such as polio, diphtheria, mumps and measles.
The MHRA says the deaths and neurological reactions should be seen in the
context of the doses of childhood vaccines which have been given since
Details of the suspected deaths and neurological problems have been released
just two months after a legal ruling forced the government to accept that
its vaccination programme had left a baby severely brain damaged.
Thirteen years after first refusing to acknowledge that Robert Fletcher, now
18, had been left severely brain damaged by the MMR vaccine for measles,
mumps and rubella, the government was forced to pay him compensation.
Robert's mother, Jackie, who founded Jabs, a support group for families with
vaccine-damaged children, said: "It is generally accepted within the medical
profession that only about 10% of suspected adverse reactions get put
forward in the correct way. It is accepted by the Department of Health that
the full scale of the problem is far greater than these statistics show."
Jake Dukes, 18, from Weymouth, Dorset, was left severely brain damaged by
the whooping cough vaccine, which he received when he was two months old. He
has the mental age of a toddler, is incontinent and uses a wheelchair. He
was awarded £91,500 under the government's vaccine damage payment scheme.
The family of George Fisher are convinced that the MMR vaccine contributed
to the death of their 18-month-old son. He died 10 days after being
inoculated in January 2006.
His mother, Sarah, a hotel receptionist from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire,
believes that an existing illness made him susceptible to an adverse
reaction to the vaccine. Four months before receiving the jab, George had
suffered a fit brought on by a high fever. Sarah said: "George had had a bad
virus. He had been very ill and had suffered a convulsion due to his high
temperature. I don't think it was just the MMR, but I think it was a factor
in his death."