International Vaccine Awareness Day

International Vaccine Injury Awareness Day is a to remember those whose lives have been adversely affected by vaccination. Some live under compulsory vaccine policy and others have voluntarily made the choice to vaccinate believing that vaccines are without risk. In some countries there is no state care and support for these families, not even an organization where possible adverse reactions can be reported. In other countries compensation and assistance is available for victims of vaccination. Some countries pay out to only a few cases a year while the US has paid out over $3.6 billion for vaccine injury in the last generation.

In the UK, parents have the choice to vaccinate or not, but the threat of mandatory vaccinations is increasing with newly passed policies in the United States, Australia and Italy who have made vaccines compulsory for children to attend school or are introducing fines.

In contrast, earlier this month Sweden’s Parliament rejected an attempt to introduce mandatory vaccination, stating it would violate human rights and the Swedish Constitution.

People will gather in public places (in streets, town squares or parks) and light candles to remember the suffering or even death of vaccine-injured children and adults. Parents will demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament to raise awareness about the life-altering injuries caused by vaccination. People in cities across 10 other countries will join Britain to protest the injustices surrounding vaccine injury. You can find events on the The Light a Candle website.  The Light a Candle concept was started in the Czech Republic by parents Alice Pelikanova and Václav Hrabák who had experience of vaccine injury and the lack of support from the medical profession and the state. It has been adopted by Poland, Slovenia and Holland, with Italy and Austria already staging demonstrations.

On this day you can share stories of vaccine-injured children and adults and share your experience with others. There are many links on the Stories page. A petition started by the European Forum for Vaccine Vigilance (EFVV), which has branches in 20 different countries throughout Europe now has more than 56,000 signatures. Campaigners will be presenting it to the European Parliament this year. Details about the EFVV can be found www.efvv.e. If you cannot join or arrange this event in your town, light a candle at home and share with friends on social media and in the Gallery.