The father of a 29-year-old woman who was permanently injured as a young child by the DPT vaccine, a combination vaccine for diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and tetanus, says if he had to do it all over again, he would still get his daughter vaccinated. The girl, who prior to her second dose of DPT was described as a bright young toddler with the vocabulary of a fifth grader, was diagnosed with mental retardation and stopped speaking entirely after receiving the vaccine. She is now permanently disabled.
“It was a bad lot,” said the girl’s father to My FOX Houston, concerning the damage caused by the vaccine. “A week after (the shot), we noticed Kristen, at 18-months or two years old, her eyes started rolling in the back of her head.”
In addition to losing her ability to speak, Kristen also began having up to 150 seizures a day, many of which are the serious “grand mal” or “tonic-clonic” type that affects the entire brain. According to Dr. Randall Wright, medical director of the Neurovascular Institute at Conroe Regional Medical Center near Houston, Tex., and neurologist at Sadler Clinic in the same area, because such seizures affect the whole brain rather than just portions, they can cause jerking responses throughout the entire body.
The Texas state legislature requires that all school-age children receive multiple doses of the DPT vaccine throughout their school years, unless their parents file proper exemptions. Three- and four-year-olds, for instance, are required to receive four doses of DPT before entering school, in addition to 14 other vaccines.
The DPT vaccine is known to cause neurological and brain damage, as well as sudden infant death syndrome and even death in older children. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other government agencies insist that the risk is small, but numerous children have died as a result of getting the shot, including the case of Lee Ann Manley, a young girl who died just hours after receiving her first DPT vaccine. Manley was one of the first cases to be acknowledged by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program as having died directly as a result of the DPT.