Vaccine Safety

Note: Vaccines approved for use in Canada are generally the same as those in the US, therefore much of the discussion around safety results from US data and studies.

Is ‘the science’ really settled?  

“Like any medication or supplement (including vitamins), vaccines can cause side effects and reactions. Common vaccine side effects may include:
– a low fever
– being fussy
– being sleepier than usual
– a stiff, slightly swollen or sore arm (or leg) where the needle went in” – Health Canada

While they avoid listing any studies for their claims, they also fail to mention that in addition to common reactions, other reactions such as permanent disability and death are possible from every vaccination.

Health Canada reassures parents saying:

“On average, it takes 10 years of research and development before a vaccine is considered for approval by Health Canada.”

While it may take over a decade to develop a medication, the length of development time has no bearing on its safety or efficacy. Unlike most drugs that undergo many years of safety study through 3 phases of prelicensure testing, vaccines often go through just weeks of safety study with some vaccines being approved after just days of study.  

All pharmaceuticals must undergo the Gold-Standard of safety testing called a Randomized Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Study (RDBPC) in order to prove that they are safe. Vaccines are classified as biologics and are not required to be proven safe using the gold standard of scientific safety testing.

Learn more about the importance of Randomized Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Study for scientifically establishing drug safety. 

Canada does not conduct independent studies for most vaccines, but rather reviews studies from the US and other places and then provides approval. Here is an example of how Fluad Flu vaccine was approved for use.  Since most vaccines licensed in Canada are common to the U.S., reviewing American literature can help inform Canadians on vaccine safety.

review of deaths reported to the American Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), between 1997 and 2013 showed 2,149 deaths following vaccination, 1,469 of which were children. For child death reports, 79.4% received one or more vaccines on the same day. If these were already sick children who looked like they were about to die, why would doctors choose to vaccinate them? 

Myth: Serious vaccine events are rare, “maybe one in a million.”

Moreover, VAERS is a voluntary reporting system that suffers from tremendous under-reporting. A Harvard Study, funded by the U.S. Dept. Of Health and Human Services reported that less than 1% of vaccine adverse events are reported. This means that it’s possible for each adverse event reported there are as many as 100 not reported.

In 2018, 58,381 adverse events were reported, including 412 deaths, 1,237 permanent disabilities and 4,217 hospitalizations. Even assuming 10:1 under-reporting instead of the Harvard Study finding of 100:1, we’re talking about 580,000 adverse events, more than 4,000 deaths, 10,000 permanent disabilities, and 40,000 hospitalizations.

Read: National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act: Vaccine Injury Table

In 2010, Australia suspended flu vaccinations for children under 5 when 1 in 110 experienced febrile seizures following vaccination. The United States is the only country that mandates the Hepatitis B (sexually transmitted disease) vaccine for newborns immediately following birth. More newborns die in the United States on their first day of life than in the rest of the industrialized world combined.

Safety and Pregnancy

Prior to 2004, it was universally understood never to give vaccinations to pregnant women, but then this all changed. Was this change the result of science?

On February 10, 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) admitted that government agencies, including the CDC, are recommending vaccines for pregnant women that have neither been licensed for pregnant mothers by FDA nor tested for safety in clinical trials.

Health Canada recommends pregnant women receive different vaccines based on risk factors but mandates influenza vaccine and TDaP for every pregnancy. As citizens, we put our faith in our Governing bodies that rigorous scientific study has been conducted to prove medical interventions are safe for both the mother and the long term health of the fetus – but is that the case?

“There is no theoretical reason to anticipate adverse events in the fetus or infant following vaccination with inactivated vaccines during pregnancy.” – Health Canada

Rather than science, their recommendations are based on theories which are very reassuring for expectant mothers.

“Active surveillance following influenza vaccination during pregnancy has not shown evidence of harm to the mother or fetus associated with influenza immunization.” – Health Canada

The evidence they’re basing their assumptions on comes from reporting systems like VAERS (US) or CAEFISS (Canada) which according to Government-funded studies may be catching only 1 in 100 adverse events. Rather than basing their recommendations on the rigorous scientific study before licensing a vaccine, they instead test the vaccine on the general population, use inadequate systems to monitor for adverse events, and then categorically state that they are safe based on this inadequate data.

Currently approved Influenza Vaccines for Pregnant Women 

AGRIFLU: Based on reproductive toxicology data in rabbits, AGRIFLU® is not predicted to increase the risk of developmental abnormalities. Limited data are available from vaccinations with AGRIFLU® in pregnant women. 

AFLURIA TETRA: There are no data for AFLURIA® TETRA administered to pregnant women to inform vaccine associated risks in pregnancy. 

FLULAVAL: The safety of FLULAVAL TETRA when administered to pregnant women has not been evaluated. 

FLUVIRAL: The safety of FLUVIRAL when administered to pregnant women has not been evaluated.

FLUZONE QUAD: Animal reproductive studies have not been conducted with FLUZONE® Quadrivalent. It is also not known whether FLUZONE® Quadrivalent can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity. 

Despite no claims from the manufacturer that their product has been proven safe for pregnant women, the Government strongly recommends all pregnant women be vaccinated for influenza using one of these vaccines. Since women are not actively advised by their Doctors, Pharmacists or the Government that the vaccination they are receiving has not been studied in pregnant women, this is a clear violation of informed consent. 

TDaP (Tetanus, Diptheria, acellular Pertussis) – Recommended in Every Pregnancy

ADACEL: The effect of ADACEL® on the development of the embryo and fetus has not been assessed. 

BOOSTRIX: Safety data from a published prospective observational study where BOOSTRIX was administered to pregnant women during the third trimester (793 pregnancy outcomes).

Again, we have blanket statements of safety based on a very limited study of just 793 pregnancies in one single trimester. The Boostrix monograph relies on three studies to make this claim, study one, study two, and study three. None of which were designed to determine safety but rather demonstrate that vaccinating mothers appears to confer antibodies to infants.  Moreover, BOOSTRIX shows up by name in only one of three studies, which implies other manufacturers’ vaccines were used which should further draw into question the claims of safety made by BOOSTRIX. 

Not one study for vaccines recommended to pregnant women even attempts to study the potential long term effects on the fetus. This is an experiment on pregnant members of the general public. 

Vaccine Damage

Vaccine manufactures are immune to legal liability for their products meaning that they cannot be sued for vaccine injury or death. In the United States, the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has paid out $4.35 billion dollars to victims of vaccine injuries.

Learn more about manufacturers legal immunity on

A review of Compensation payouts published in 2011, found 83 cases that were paid for “encephalopathy” and “residual seizure disorders” which are clinically indistinguishable from severe autism. In 2007, the Government awarded the family of Hannah Polling $20 million dollars for her “autism-like symptoms” that resulted from her being vaccinated. While admitting that in this case her autism “resulted” from the vaccines, they maintain that they did not “cause” her autism, instead vaccines aggravated an underlying condition that resulted in autism. How many other children have underlying conditions which could be aggravated? We do not screen any children before vaccination, they are given to nearly all children regardless of risk factors.

“Then-director of the Centers for Disease Control Julie Gerberding (who is now President of Merck Vaccines) stated: “The government has made absolutely no statement indicating that vaccines are a cause of autism.” CBSNews

Learn more about Autism on

Vaccine Ingredients

A complete list of vaccine ingredients can be found at Government of Canada.

Vaccines typically include:

Adjuvants: Aluminum, phosphates, Squalene

Surfactants: Polysorbate 80

Preservatives: Thimerosal (mercury), phenol, phenoxyethanol, antibiotics, formaldehyde

Other: Aborted fetal tissue, cell culture, egg or yeast proteins, serum, amino acids, enzymes, potassium, lactose, salts, bovine serum albumin, barium, bacteria and viral particles, DNA and RNA particles

Learn more about the risks of common vaccine ingredients at

Proving Vaccines Are Safe

Since vaccines never undergo a true placebo-controlled study unlike nearly every other drug approved for human consumption, it cannot be stated on a scientific basis that they are safe. Instead, Governments attempt to monitor for adverse reactions during “post-licensure observation” which means the general public is the study participants. Using data from inadequate monitoring systems they emphatically claim that all vaccines are universally safe. Even if we proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that one vaccine is safe, that does not automatically mean all vaccines are safe as their manufacturing and ingredients vary wildly. It’s like suggesting that because we understand the safety of Advil, all pain-relieving drugs that exist or might later be developed are equally safe.

Vaccinated Versus Unvaccinated

Children today suffer from more chronic diseases than any other generation in history. Diseases like allergies, asthma, ADHD, autism, autoimmune conditions, diabetes, etc, have become epidemic. Health Officials state that it would be immoral to run true placebo-controlled studies because it would mean the placebo group would not receive the vaccine and therefore might be at risk. At Informed Consent Canada, we believe testing drugs on babies without first proving safety through the Gold Standard of drug safety testing is the epitome of immoral.

Parents of millions of children across the West have consciously decided not to vaccinate after weighing the risks. This means that a study could be conducted which looks at the total health outcomes of children who are vaccinated versus unvaccinated and once and for all prove that vaccines produce improved health. Why isn’t every country and manufacturer of vaccines clamouring to have this study conducted? They could finally prove that vaccines are safe and effective, and that vaccinated children are healthier. Overnight we could end the entire debate about vaccinations by conducting just one single study of the total health outcomes of vaccinated versus unvaccinated children without any questions of morality. 

Demand the study. 


  • Every vaccine has serious potential risks including permanent disability and death.
  • Vaccines do not undergo the same level of safety study required of all other drugs.
  • Vaccines given to pregnant women have never been studied on pregnant women.
  • Receiving a vaccine means you are a test subject for an industry with no legal liability.
  • Claims of “safety” are made based on inadequate reporting systems that may miss 99 out of 100 adverse events.
  • In the United States, $4.35 billion has been paid to victims for vaccine injury and death.
  • Vaccines contain ingredients that are known as neurotoxins and have the ability to cause permanent disabilities.
  • Why won’t they study total health outcomes of vaccinated versus unvaccinated children?


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