Saturday, June 03, 2023


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Back to the Future: Shalala Takes Away Compensation for DPT Injured Children

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“When a mother takes her child into a doctor’s office to be vaccinated, particularly with DPT, she had better understand that if her child reacts and is injured, there Is no government program to help with medical bills or therapy for her child.” — Kathi Williams, National Vaccine Information Center

Editor’s Note: Between 1995 and 2005 The Vaccine Reaction was published in print form and mailed to supporters of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC). This was the lead article in the first edition published in March 1995, and it is the first in a series of articles written by TVR founder and Executive Editor Barbara Loe Fisher being republished in TVR to provide an historical context to the conversation about vaccination, health and autonomy in the U.S. today.

In a calculated move designed to bolster the federal government’s claim that the DPT vaccine does not kill or injure children, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Donna Shalala and her department published final rules in the Federal Register (Vo. 60, No. 26 – Wed. Feb. 8, 1995) that effectively destroyed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986. HHS’s action makes it impossible for most children injured or killed by DPT vaccine to receive compensation under the no-fault federal vaccine injury compensation program Congress set up nearly a decade ago as a non-adversarial alternative to lawsuits against drug companies and physicians.

“America no longer has a vaccine injury compensation program,” said Kathi Williams, Director of NVIC. “When a mother takes her child into a doctor’s office to be vaccinated, particularly with DPT, she had better understand that if her child reacts and is injured, there Is no government program to help with medical bills or therapy for her child.”

Nobody Will Qualify

As of Mar. 10, 1995, the only adverse events presumed to be associated with DPT vaccination are anaphylaxis occurring within four hours and encephalopathy/encephalitis (brain inflammation) occurring within 72 hours of a DPT vaccination. In order to qualify under HHS’s new definition of encephalopathy, a child would have to exhibit a “significantly decreased level of unconsciousness” (unconsciousness or inability to respond to most stimuli) for more than 24 hours following a DPT shot or be hospitalized.

No longer will a child, who suffers classic pertussis vaccine reaction symptoms such as high pitched screaming, collapse/shock, bulging fontanelle, or seizures within 72 hours of a DPT vaccination and sustains permanent neurological damage, including a residual seizure disorder, be presumed to be eligible for compensation in the federal program.

One lawyer who represents vaccine injured children in the U.S. Court of Claims, commented, “What you have now can be compared to a federal program that will compensate anyone who is in a plane crash in a snow storm within 10 miles of Tahiti. Nobody will ever qualify.”

Vaccine Advisory Commission Protests

The Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines (ACCV), formerly headed by Georges Peter, MD, and now chaired by Curtis Webb, a plaintiff’s lawyer from Twin Falls, Idaho, voted on Mar. 1, 1995 to send a formal request to HHS Secretary Donna Shalala recommending that she “indefinitely postpone” the effective data of the portion of the final rules that removes seizure disorders from the vaccine injury table for DPT vaccine and changes the definition of encephalopathy in the 1986 law. ACCV, which is composed of doctors, lawyers, parents and consumers, had asked HHS to show them the final rules before they were published on Feb. 8, 1995, but HHS refused.

The ACCV vote was split, with three doctors and a vaccine manufacturer representative voting to endorse the new rules and five consumers, parents and lawyers voting to oppose them.

The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act was passed after years of negotiations between the vaccine manufacturers, American Academy of Pediatrics and Dissatisfied Parents Together (DPT). The law set up a compensation program funded by surcharges on each vaccine given (in effect it is a self-insurance program for each individual who is vaccinated) and currently the compensation fund has accumulated more than 825 million dollars in reserves.

HHS actively opposed passage of the vaccine safety and compensation law.

CDC and FDA Officials Defy the Law

In the past seven years during which time the law has been in effect, more than 500 million dollars has been awarded to vaccine victims, most of whom were injured or killed by the whole cell pertussis vaccine in the DPT shot. Unhappy with the fact that so many awards are being given for DPT vaccine injuries and deaths because each award is an acknowledgement that the vaccine can kill and injure, HHS Secretary Donna Shalala and health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been actively working to defy the law and will of Congress by taking actions to weaken the law’s compensation and vaccine safety provisions.

Among their accomplishments are:

  • distorting scientific information provided by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) on DPT vaccine side effects in order to mislead the public and Congress into believing that the pertussis vaccine almost never causes permanent damage, and that children who die or are brain injured after being vaccinated with DPT are inherently defective and would have died or been brain injured even if no vaccine had been given.
  • subverting Congress’s mandate that HHS provide parents with complete information on vaccine benefits and risks by eliminating most truthful information about vaccine risks from the parent information packet [Vaccine Information Statements];
  • deliberately covering up vaccine injuries and deaths by refusing to follow up on reports of adverse events following vaccination and failing to identify highly reactive lots of vaccine and pull them off the market;
  • successfully fighting almost every vaccine injury claim that is filed using well paid Department of Justice lawyers and HHS sponsored medical witnesses that turn U.S. Court of Claims compensation hearings into court trials, while simultaneously dragging out the bureaucratic process to the point where few lawyers will represent parents in the compensation program because legal costs are too high;
  • offering so little compensation to many vaccine injured children, who are mentally retarded, epileptic and multiply handicapped compared to what the child financially requires for a lifetime of care, that parents are forced to turn down the compensation award because they can’t afford to lose public assistance; and
  • continuing to place newborn babies at increased risk of vaccine injury and death by failing to approve use of the less reactive acellular pertussis vaccine in children under 18 months of age and, at the same time, allowing the drug companies to create new combined vaccines, such as DPT and HIB, using the reactive whole cell pertussis vaccine.

Shalala Takes Vaccine Injured Girl to the Supreme Court

In her zeal to cover up DPT vaccine injuries by denying federal compensation to vaccine injured children, HHS Secretary Donna Shalala has taken DPT vaccine-injured Maggie Whitecotton, now 19 years old, all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Maggie, sitting in her wheelchair with her parents beside her, was in the Supreme Court in Washington, DC on a rainy and cold Feb. 28, 1995 day to witness the Court’s nine justices hearing of oral arguments in the case of Donna E. Shalala, Secretary of Health and Human Services vs. Maggie Whitecotton. Maggie’s parents are fighting for their daughter’s right to receive compensation under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 because Maggie’s DPT vaccine seizure reaction falls within guidelines approved by Congress in 1986.

Government Says Maggie, Not the Vaccine Was to Blame

Maggie was a healthy baby who developed normally, even though her head size at birth was at the low end of the head circumference chart. Within six hours of her third DPT shot, she suffered her first seizure, followed by a series of seizures 30 hours later. After her vaccine reaction, she stopped developing normally and, today, Maggie is severely brain injured with multiple handicaps that make her totally dependent on her parents for daily care.

Shalala, together with HHS doctors and U.S. Department of Justice lawyers, contend that Maggie should not receive federal compensation because her head was smaller than normal at birth and she would have been brain damaged even if she had never gotten a DPT shot. Dissatisfied Parents Together (DPT) which operates the National Vaccine Information Center and the United Cerebral Palsy Association, the National Tuberous Sclerosis Association, and the Center on Disability and Health filed an amici brief in support of Maggie’s right to receive compensation for her vaccine injuries.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, which represents pediatricians in private practice who give children such as Maggie DPT shots everyday [and were shielded from vaccine injury lawsuits in the 1986 law] filed a brief supporting Shalala and her attempt to take compensation away from Maggie.

11 Responses

  1. This is such a horrific story that no parent should have to go through with their child.

    I pray that what is done in secret would be revealed in the Light. Nothing is hidden in the sight of the Lord. May the Lord go before Maggie and her family and let victory be in the name of Jesus! Also, praying for Donna Shalala, pharmaceutical, cdc, FDA and any other entity. May the Lord soften their hearts and give them compassion. I pray and trust God will have the victory in this battle, in Jesus’ mighty name, amen!

  2. So HHS is more interested in protecting big Pharma than human life and welfare; time to shut them down and STOP imposing poisoning on people who don’t want it! Also time to separate the diphtheria, and pertussis from tetanus and administer ONLY what’s needed when it’s needed.

  3. Gee wondering how much did big pharma pay her… hope its enough that she can sleep at night…. oh maybe she’s just right for the job – they have no conscience..

  4. Donna Shalala has been associated with lots of unscrupulous things. She was with HHS under the Clintons and came back to run their Clinton Global Initiative when it was in trouble for accepting donations from foreign governments while Hillary was Sect.of State and running for president. Lots of negative comments as well, when she was president of Uni. of Miami and trying to deny the janitorial workers on strike a raise. Denying vaccine injured children compensation was just the beginning of her sordid actions.

  5. Between having our country taken over my people whose only mission on earth is to destroy us, and a government whose only mission it is to destroy us. We are finished as a free people.
    I remember Trump saying he believed Autism was caused by vaccines. What a brave man to say that.
    So many people will not read or believe this if they read it.
    They are totally brain washed.
    I believe that we people over 65, have to be grateful we lived when we did, because what is coming is gonna be some ugly.

  6. So my question is where is Robert Kennedy Junior and what is going on with all the vaccinations stuff that Trump said he was going to turn around… I have tried to get in touch with Kennedy’s office Kennedy’s website any of that and there is no answer no replies so no wonder these things are taking place no one’s doing anything .

  7. This is a nation of popular sovereignty. By that I mean that “while sovereign powers are delegated to the agencies of government, sovereignty itself remains with the people, by whom and for whom all government exists and acts.”
    The authority to change all of this is in the hands of the people for whom the Constitution recognized as the only authority “to execute the Laws of the Union”.
    We should all be opposed to violence, but yet we allow our children to be brutalized by a growing tyranny. When I speak of the method clearly defined in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the obfuscated state statutes, I’m shouted down by those who oppose violence. Yet here we are with who knows how many children’s lives destroyed by big pharma and their co-conspirators in the legislators and the courts.
    As I noted, the Founders created a nation of popular sovereignty yet no one wants to enforce the clearly stated laws.
    My understanding of the law, and I have the backing of constitutional scholars, would stop this madness. I’ve even presented it to police whose reaction was positive.
    So the question we must ask ourselves is whether we write these articles because we are delusional, or we are simply so ignorant that we can’t admit we’re on the wrong track?
    I am always available to debate the topic.

  8. Brittany your prayers are powerful…Thanks.
    All four of my kids, by the Grace of God have not been vaccinated. My oldest son is entering a nursing programming at Lewis University in Illinois. They are saying he has to get all the immunizations by November to do the clinicals. Also, they are requiring the Meningitis shot. I asked him if he really wants to be a nurse. He doesn’t want to work in hospitals. He wants to do research.
    Anyone have input? Going to call the college asst to the Dean of Nursing tomorrow.

  9. Since when does an administrative branch of government tell a court what they can or cannot use as evidence of harm? This is a terrible thing that is being tolerated. I echo all of the comments above. I especially wonder where President Trump is when he said that vaccines cause autism and now one of his administrators is attempting to hide harm by vaccines.

  10. This article just goes to show that, with the benefit of hindsight, the compensation program was a deal with the devil.

    Actually, the whole government vaccine program represents a deal with the devil. It needs to be abolished. We need a separation of vaccines and state.

  11. Yes, we are at the cusp of a turn in our conscious reality…a time where it is indeed brave just to give your heartfelt opinion on vaccines – just remember the over 50 mysterious deaths of Naturopaths,Chiropractors and other Healers within the last 2yrs. (I do disagree with the possibility of Shalala returning to the light. Unfortunately, I agree with Cobra, spokesman for the ‘Light Forces’ (see his site at : Here he points out that due to their history of all_in allegiance to the dark and the feeling they are unforgiveable to normal humans, these beings obstinately refuse any opportunity to return to the light. Accordingly, when they die, as was true of David Rockefellar, Z. Brezinski, their soul is no longer allowed to pass beyond the veil for life reflection/counselling etc… ahead of their next reincarntion. These ultra-psychopathic souls are forcibly escortew by the Light Forces to our central sun for obliteration. He goes on to relate that H. W. Bush, H. Kissinger, and Don Cheney, in this order, will soon follow.
    It’s hard to imagine a person beyond redeemption, but this is probably the truth that has kept humanity perpetually mired in war/strife, scarcity and separateness. Their Satanic, upside down beliefs, interpret our appeals to their humanity as proof that their beliefs of superiority are justfied and true, and their response is “pedal to the metal”. …But not much longer! The current upheaval in the political and international world is symptomatic of the toppling of the underlying “powers that be/were”. Please consider joining Cobra and the rest of us, in our weekly meditations (see for times of mass coordinated meditations. Especially promising is our 8/21 1111am PST eclipse meditatation) for breaking free from our dominating elite cabal.
    ..and yes, their evil vaccines and big-pharmacology attack against our natural health is their most sacrosanct weapon.
    Ray Monteiro

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