August 21, 2017
The Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge (IPAK) recently released a technical report, “The Case for Vaccine Safety Screening,” which offers detailed analyses of existing research on vaccine safety as well as scientific, ethical, social and policy implications of the existing vaccination program in the US. The report can be purchased and downloaded at http://ipaknowledge.org/NDRR-IPAK-Tech-Report-20171.php.
The Executive Summary begins with an acknowledgement of vaccine injury and proposes a safety screening program: “General and specific risk exists for serious and moderate adverse events, and yet information exists that can be used to identify which individuals are highest risk. A vaccine safety screening program would allow the minimization of the cost of vaccine injuries to society.” The technical report offers a cohesive analysis of the problematic history and current state of vaccine safety research, and includes specific proposed actions to improve vaccine safety screening. It is neither a casual read nor is it impermeable, but rather appropriately specific and robustly referenced.
Healthcare providers may utilize this technical report to help familiarize themselves with vaccine safety research and appreciate the emphasis placed on supporting full medical informed consent.
For parents, the report may assist in the articulation of aspects of your concerns regarding vaccination safety when working with a healthcare provider. Too often, parental expressions of concern regarding safety may be dismissed with a blanket defense of the integrity of the vaccination program—and the questions of individual risk, existing research on safety testing of specific vaccines, and implications of vaccine ingredients such as aluminum, go unanswered. This report may benefit parents seeking to bring the conversation away from generalizations and back to specific safety concerns with references to substantiate those concerns.
For the vaccine-risk-aware community and proponents of informed consent, the document may be useful in meetings with authorities on health and law. The document concludes with, “What Must Be Done”, a list of essential actionable items that are necessary for improved vaccine safety. These action points may help organizations direct their long-term efforts.
Ultimately, this document supports anyone concerned with vaccine safety who is willing to move beyond abstractions. “The Case for Vaccine Safety Screening” clearly demonstrates the evidence for vaccine injury, assesses the methodology of vaccine safety research, and carefully proposes actions for improved scientific research, safety screening and ethical policies on public health.