Originally Posted by Rrrrrachel
There are some serious adverse events with vaccines. Sometimes they're permanent. These are extremely rare, and far less common than serious adverse events that occur as a result of actually contracting a vpd.
We don't know this, because of the flaws and limitations in the reporting systems, and because doctors are not trained to recognize any serious adverse reactions except for immediate ones, like allergic reaction.
If you have a systemic or autoimmune reaction that takes more than a few hours to appear, or if you have a seizure a week later, most doctors will not realize that the vaccine was the trigger. If they don't realize it, they don't report it.
I posted before how complications from a disease are far, far more likely to be recognized, understood--and reported--than complications from a vaccine.
Those of us who have suffered such reactions, or whose children have suffered them, are getting very frustrated with those who keep insisting that such reactions are extremely rare, because we've had no trouble finding people--THOUSANDS of people--who have had similar reactions, and who, like us, were told that such reactions hardly ever happen.
Funny how those complications from VPDs have been misreported in a way to make you fear the flu (OMG, 36 million people have copmlications from the flu!), while safety/efficacy of the flu shot has also been misreported in a way to keep you from learning that the flu shot is about as effective a s a placebo and at the same time, has a high rate of reported adverse reactions...
Obviously, if someone chooses not to look, they won't see.