In the "Overview of SmartVax Philosopy" section of this website, you learned that rigorous vaccine-safety testing is avoided today by public health officials because of fear that the answer might scare the public away from vaccinating. You were introduced to a new 'SmartVax' approach that can help reduce risks in the short-term and can produce a safer and more-effective vaccine program in the long-term. The rationale of public health officials for avoiding full vaccine-safety testing is that vaccines' benefits outweigh the risks, but the "Weigh The Risks of Vaccination" section provides analysis indicating that the reverse in true: the current USA schedule quantitatively causes far more vaccine-injuries than adverse events from infectious diseases. The USA vaccine program won't change overnight, so the "SmartVax Approach to Vaccines" section provides parents with information necessary to make decisions on an individualized vaccine schedule for their child.
But what actions must be taken to protect the long-term health of USA children? Research indicates that 1 in 13 children develop vaccine-induced asthma. Most vaccines haven’t been studied for autism rates in children who receive versus didn’t receive the vaccine, but one recent study indicated that the Hepatitis B vaccine increases the risk of autism in boys by 3x.  This is a significant increase in risk, since the overall risk of autism in boys is 1 in 58.  It is scientifically plausible that a significant portion of ADHD and allergies are vaccine-induced. If you are concerned, you are in the majority: a 2010 survey found that 54% of parents are concerned about the adverse effects of vaccines and 25% think some vaccines cause autism in healthy children, and a 2010 poll found that 89% of parents rate vaccine safety as the most important topic in children's health research today. A 2011 study found that 8% of physicians reported that ≥10% of parents refused a vaccine, 20% reported that ≥10% of parents requested to spread out vaccines, and 64% of all physicians would agree to spread out vaccines in the primary series at least sometimes.
Beyond the personal impact to individuals and families, the epidemic of vaccine-injuries has enormous implications to the public. A future America will be competitively disadvantaged due to medical costs, lost wages, reallocation of personnel into care-giving roles, and a smaller pool of qualified military recruits. Such a bleak future can be avoided, but it will require the American public to take action. Synergistic research from diverse scientific fields such as toxicology, endocrinology, and immunology could lead to a fundamentally new scientific understanding of how vaccines work and how vaccine injuries occur. This could provide the knowledge of how to design a new vaccination program that is both safer and more effective. But recent history indicates that Max-Vax proponents in the government and public health industry will suppress such science, unless there is a "SmartVax" consumer advocacy movement to protect these researchers from discrimination and encourage elected officials to insist that the CDC and FDA take action to recognize and reduce vaccine-injuries.
At its essence, the SmartVax philosophy is all about being smart with vaccinations: don't over-use them, pursue the science, understand the risks, and ensure that the risks are not hidden from the public. A SmartVax approach will lead to improved children's health by minimizing vaccine-injuries and protecting against infectious diseases. With SmartVax, the future vaccine program will be both safer and more-effective. We encourage you to become a SmartVax consumer advocate for children's health via these steps:
1. Join an advocacy organization with a SmartVax philosophical approach: The consumer advocacy movement for smarter vaccination policy is an informal grassroots movement, with many independent organizations advocating for what we defined as the SmartVax philosophical pillars: a) pursuing scientific research on vaccine-injury and b) strengthening checks-and-balances for vaccine-safety in vaccine policy. First, we recommend that you become involved with The Canary Party, a group of citizens seeking to get mainstream medicine to address the causes of, and find treatments for, the poor health of today's children. The Canary Party is pressuring the political establishment to support the research needed to identify the environmental factors (including, but not limited to, vaccines) that are causing the epidemic of children's chronic illnesses, and advocates for the basic rights of a parent to make decisions regarding their child's health.
In addition to becoming involved in The Canary Party, you could also choose to support an organization whose mission includes a focus on reducing vaccine-injury. The Coalition for SafeMinds, which provides the SmartVax website, is a leading organization advocating for research on vaccine-induced autism. SANE Vax is an organization that focuses on vaccine-injuries in teenage girls and women from the HPV vaccine, with a mission to scientifically prove vaccines safe, affordable, necessary and effective prior to marketing. The National Vaccine Information Center advocates for vaccine-safety and 'free and informed consent' protections in the mass vaccination system, and provides the NVIC Advocacy Portal where you can learn how to work with others in your state to defend the right to make informed and voluntary vaccine choices. For more, see Consumer advocacy organizations that advocate for a smarter vaccination policy.
2. Share the SmartVax concepts: Share this website with friends and colleagues, especially expectant parents who are seeking to make smart decisions on vaccination. In the Follow Us section on the right side of each SmartVax webpage, you can click on icons to follow SmartVax on Facebook and Twitter.
3. Learn to question information from certain "Max-Vax leaning" public health officials on vaccines: It is critical that the public have the straight facts on vaccines. Unfortunately, there are a few Max-Vax activists making statements that appear designed to mislead the public. A prime example is the often-repeated misleading statement that studies have shown that vaccines don't cause autism. In reality, only one of the six vaccines (the HepB vaccine) administered in the first year of life has been studied for autism rates in children who received versus didn't receive the vaccine, and a recent HepB study showed a 3x increased risk of autism from the vaccine. To learn how to recognize some of the common misconceptions, see Vaccine Misconceptions.`
 Gallagher, C. and Goodman M., “Hepatitis B vaccination of male neonates and autism diagnosis, NHIS 1997-2002". Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A, 73:1665–1677, 2010
 MD Kogan et al. Prevalence of Parent-Reported Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder among children in the US, 2007. Pediatrics (doi:10.1542/peds.2009-1522). Published online October 5, 2009.