I quote this passage as further support for those who hesitate to vaccinate their children against common childhood diseases. As Mr. Wizard points out, the Federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has paid more than $4.2 Billion to people harmed by vaccines, as of Aug. 1, 2019, and the $4.2 Billion was paid for only about 4,400 claims out of more than 20,000 claims filed. So, only roughly 20% of total claims filed have been paid. The government admits that only about 1% of people harmed by vaccines actually file a claim with the government. This means millions have been harmed but didn't file a claim.

"Those who are honored should have shown the courage to stand up for the common good against the forces of greed, corruption, and abuse of power. I'm thinking of people like Cheryl Eckard, who, in 2002, as a quality assurance manager at pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, discovered serious problems at its largest plant — drugs produced in non-sterile environments, a water system contaminated with microorganisms, and medicines made in the wrong doses. After Eckard alerted management, she was fired. She then shared her findings with the Food and Drug Administration, and sued the company. After an eight-year trial, GlaxoSmithKline agreed to pay the government $750 million for manufacturing and selling adulterated drug products. The court also ordered the firm to compensate Eckard for her dismissal and the emotional harm it caused her. "It's difficult to survive this financially, emotionally, you lose all your friends, because all your friends are people you have at work," Eckard said afterwards. "You really do have to understand that it's a very difficult process but very well worth it."

- Robert Reich, The Common Good