The Tip of the Iceberg. A small evident part or aspect of something largely hidden.
How often have you heard the phrase, it is just the tip of the iceberg? How relevant is it today regarding the discussion of vaccines, vaccine injury, autism, and disease?
Over a century ago, Captain Edward Smith was at the control of the mightiest transcontinental passenger ship liner, the Titanic. As he and his crew confidently sailed the North Atlantic from England to the United States, little did he know that he was about to succumb to the worst ocean disaster man has ever known. We all have heard the stories, watched the movies and documentaries about that fateful journey.
But have we been paying attention to the iceberg that we, in current times, have encountered?
Our government, the pharmaceutical industry, and the modern medical establishment have us believe that what we see as vaccine injury is very rare. Just a blip on the horizon, a very small speed bump.
Do you know how many vaccine injured persons filed petitions in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP)? Only 501 petitions for the fiscal year 2013 ending September 30, 2013. How many have been filed for this current fiscal year? 89. And if you project that figure out as to estimate the entire fiscal year 2014, the number will be approximately 534. In 2012, the number of petitions filed was 400, in 2011 it was 386. We see a trend increasing each year. The largest number of petitions filed in the history of the NVICP was 2,592 for the year 2003.
But we really do not know how many petitions “could be” filed if the NVICP was promoted by the Secretary of the Health and Human Services (HHS) as mandated by law. The Tip of the Iceberg can be defined as the part that is evident of something largely hidden. So what is the hidden number of injuries that could be filed as petitions?
There have been discussions to create public awareness campaigns, only to be squelched by HHS officials. In 2010, a public awareness campaign was shelved. Banyan Communications received a $ 300,000.00 contract to develop a public awareness campaign. Discussions held in meetings of the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines (ACCV) centered on determining who will be the primary targets of the campaigns. Should the focus should be on the general public or a specific group such as pediatric doctors?
And the details of the Banyan contract which determined goals and actions plans for the Secretary of HHS Kathleen Sebelius to implement were never put in place. My FOIA’s (Freedom of Information Act) to examine the Banyan contract, to determine which budget paid for the contract, why was the proposed awareness campaign stopped, and who said no, have gone unanswered?
So the question of how many petitions could be filed is very difficult to determine. Several factors artificially keep the level of petitions to a minimum are a lack of public awareness, difficulty in finding an attorney and medical experts, medical practitioners that deny vaccine injury can happen, the aggressive screening of potential clients by attorneys, and parents who are too emotionally drained just trying to find and maintain medical care services for their children.
It has been argued that the number of vaccine injuries report to VAERS each year only represents a small percentage of the total number of vaccine injuries that are incurred by children and adults. Some figures have been placed forward stating that 1%, 5% or even 10% of vaccine injuries actually get reported to VAERS.
Using a very conservative percentage of 10%, applying that to the current figure of petitions filed, imagine the shock and the fear of knowing that instead of 500 petitions have been filed, 5000 could be the number.
Would the media start to question the often used but never questioned statement that vaccine injury is very rare? Would the medical establishment start to question themselves about the probability that vaccines can cause injury, more often than what we have been told?
And would Congress start looking into a program that often times, provides cover and deception of the true horror of vaccine injury. This is just another reason why we need Congress to investigate the program known as the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program and the many tentacles that continue to keep the secrets of vaccine injury buried or hidden in the dark.
Wallace Hartley was the band leader that continued to lead his orchestra in playing music to calm the fears of the passengers while the Titanic was sinking, and he perished along with hundreds of other passengers.
Maybe the Secretary of HHS needs to stop listening to the music that her agency is playing.
Wayne Rohde is father to twin boys, one with autism. He is also the author of upcoming book, The Vaccine Court: The Dark Truth of America’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program – SkyHorse Publishing