- The CDC’s recommended schedule of vaccines include 50 doses of 14 vaccines for children between day of birth and age 6, some of which may increase the risk of meningitis; six were found to increase the risk of mortality
- Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord. It can be triggered by an infection, certain drugs, cancer and parasites
- The Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System is a database of voluntary reports of vaccine injury, disability and death; yet the U.S. government has shielded vaccine manufacturers from civil liability from these injuries
- It is vital to get involved at the local level where decisions are made for your area to protect your right to make vaccine choices. By becoming a user of the free online NVIC Advocacy portal you’ll have access to the information you need about vaccine legislation to take action to protect the legal right to make voluntary decisions about vaccination
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration maintain a database of information about adverse effects from the administration of vaccines licensed in the U.S. The database is called the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS),1 a federally operated program created under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986.
One study published in the journal Neurology evaluated data from VAERS to look at the rate of occurrence of meningitis after vaccines were administered to individuals from infancy to 74.7 years. Reports were pulled from 1990 to 2010 looking at the onset of meningitis within six weeks after an individual was vaccinated.
They found 722 cases. Of these, 415 (57.5%) occurred in the first six weeks and 327 (45.2%) occurred within the first two weeks. In the group, 76% of the individuals were hospitalized and 6.9% were disabled after the infection cleared. Meningitis was reported after several types of vaccinations.