Hey, all of you doctors and other vaccine-administering health care employees out there. Ever wonder what will happen if you don’t provide the patient with the federally mandated Vaccine Information Statements?
WHAT? What do you mean, you have no idea what I’m talking about? You hand out vaccines like they’re free samples at the cosmetic counter, and you don’t know what Vaccine Information Statements are. Really?
I’m sure somewhere in the 2-foot high deep pile of papers stacked up on the floor next to the desk in your office is some information about it. Or not. After all, the only information you get about vaccines is from the ex-Sorority girl who majored in “communication studies” who now works for one of the big Pharmaceutical companies. You know, the one you like to talk to because she reminds you of the pretty girl in your algebra class in high school who wouldn’t give you the time of day back then. Since the Vaccine Information Statements aren’t printed up by Merck, she probably doesn’t know what they are either. But you might want to scribble a note to ask her the next time she brings in lunch for the office.
Dr. Mercola (that quack on the Google Box) tells his readers that if you don’t provide the VIS, you’re breaking the law. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/09/04/measles-vaccine-kills-infants.aspx
Well, not to worry. Since you didn’t know about these silly Vaccine Information Statements, http://www2.aap.org/immunization/pediatricians/pdf/ReducingVaccineLiability.pdf, the chances are pretty darn good that your patients don’t know about them either. After all, who really reads those things anyway? It’s not like any of your patients will have any sort of life-changing reactions. And if they or their children do have any reactions, they’ll be so absorbed in seeing to the health care needs of their child or themselves, or embroiled in fighting against the Department of Health and Human Services trying to prove their case, that they won’t worry about pesky papers. (HINT – don’t help them, it’s too time consuming, and you won’t have time to make your vaccine quota for the month.)
Besides, you don’t have any liability if the patient does have a reaction, so what’s the difference? Since the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program pays out to patients who “claim” that they have neurological damage, pain, autoimmune conditions or other pesky little side effects, you don’t have to worry about being sued for damages.
You HAVE heard of “Vaccine Court,” haven’t you? Didn’t Tiffany from Pfizer tell you about that over sandwiches last a few months back? No? Her bad. http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/index.html
Whatever you do, DO NOT report the reaction to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. Remember, it’s your word against the patient. It’s tedious – you have to go on the computer and fill in forms and stuff. How in the world can you make money doing that? It’s not like anybody does anything with that information. http://www.medalerts.org/
If your patient insists on you filling out the report, save time by not putting in details like the lot number, (e.g Recombivax 0691u) otherwise some snoop might find out just how many adverse reactions came from the same lot, however many doses happen to be in one lot.
Also, don’t tell that patient that they can fill out the VAERS themselves. However, if you HAD given them one of these Vaccine Info thingies, that information is on the sheet, right in plain sight.
So, let’s say that you don’t bother to give the patient this sheet before you vaccinate them, and they decide to take action. What will happen?
Well, since they can’t sue you for a vaccine injury, and the pharmaceutical company isn’t liable for any adverse events, they may file a complaint with the State Medical Board.
Hah! I know, funny, right? Here in the state of California, over 1300 complaints are filed against physicians every month. Since the Board is run by physicians, do you really think they’re going to take the time to investigate each and every case and sanction a doctor? Of course not. It will take at least 6 months for the Medical Board to send a canned response to the person who complained, and even then, they’ll back you, stating that you discussed it verbally with the patient previously and didn’t write it down, so there’s no cause for any disciplinary action. It will be your word against theirs.
Given that it will take some months for the patient to determine that the symptoms that they’re having are related to the vaccine, coupled with the wait it takes to get into see a physician and run tests to try to determine the cause of the symptoms, and the glacial speed of the Medical Board to respond, the one-year statute of limitations will have run out.
You’re free and clear. Don’t let paperwork slow you down in reaching that 100% vaccination goal. You can do it.