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August 16, 2018

The Plausible Connection between Vaccines and SIDS

In a cross-national study published in Health Affairs researchers noted that even though the U.S. spends more on children’s health care per capita than other nations, it is “the most dangerous of wealthy nations for a child to be born into.” U.S. infants are 76% more likely to die before their first birthday and one of the top five causes of infant deaths in the U.S. is sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

The Health Affairs authors propose only that differences in income, education and the social safety net are to blame for the differences between the U.S. and the other studied nations but, there is another “elephant in the room” explanation that the authors studiously ignore:  American infants receive more vaccines in their first year than infants anywhere in the world and many of those vaccines are administered in bundles at well-baby visits around two and four months—exactly when nine out of ten SIDS deaths occur.

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