Biostatisticians from the University of Mississippi interviewed the parents of 666 grade school students about the overall health of their children. The questionaire was anonymous and unverified (they did not attempt to check actual medical records). Everything was based on parental recall. Thus this should be interpretted lightly, not as any strong “proof” of anything.
Vaccines are among the greatest achievements of biomedical science and one of the most effective public health interventions of the 20th century. Among U.S. children born between 1995 and 2013, vaccination is estimated to have prevented … 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 premature deaths.. . About 95% of U.S. children of kindergarten age receive all of the recommended vaccines as a requirement for school and daycare attendance.
But there are few long term safety studies, or studies that look at the cummulative risk of 48 vaccinations on a broad range of parameters.
Although short-term immunologic and safety testing is performed on vaccines prior to their approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the long-term effects of individual vaccines and of the vaccination program itself remain unknown . Vaccines are acknowledged to carry risks of severe acute and chronic adverse effects, such as neurological complications and even death , but such risks are considered so rare that the vaccination program is believed to be safe and effective for virtually all children.
There are very few randomized trials on any existing vaccine recommended for children in terms of morbidity and mortality, in part because of ethical concerns involving withholding vaccines from children assigned to a control group.
The vaccine’s value is presumed to be self-evident and overwhelming, without study. [The history of medicine has shown this to be a terrible approach!]
A major challenge in comparing vaccinated and unvaccinated children has been to identify an accessible pool of unvaccinated children, since the vast majority of children in the U.S. are vaccinated. Children educated at home (“homeschool children”) are suitable for such studies as a higher proportion are unvaccinated compared to public school children.
Demographic between the vaccinated and unvaccinated home-schooled kids were similar with home schoolers tending to be white, upper-middle class and with slightly higher educational levels.
Vaccinated children were significantly more likely than the unvaccinated to have been diagnosed with the following:
- allergic rhinitis (10.4% vs. 0.4%),
- other allergies (22.2% vs. 6.9%),
- eczema/atopic dermatitis (9.5% vs. 3.6%),
- a learning disability (5.7% vs. 1.2%),
- ADHD (4.7% vs. 1.0%),
- ASD –Autism- (4.7% vs. 1.0%),
- any neurodevelopmental disorder (i.e., learning disability, ADHD or ASD) (10.5% vs. 3.1%, ) and
- any chronic illness (44.0% vs. 25.0%).
With regard to acute and chronic conditions, vaccinated children were significantly less likely than the unvaccinated to have had chickenpox and pertussis but, contrary to expectation, were significantly more likely to have been diagnosed with otitis media, pneumonia, allergic rhinitis, eczema, and NDD. The vaccinated were also more likely to have used antibiotics, allergy and fever medications; to have been fitted with ventilation ear tubes [myringotomy tubes for persistent otitis media]; visited a doctor for a health issue in the previous year, and been hospitalized. The reason for hospitalization and the age of the child at the time were not determined, but the latter finding appears consistent with a study of 38,801 reports to the VAERS of infants who were hospitalized or had died after receiving vaccinations. The study reported a linear relationship between the number of vaccine doses administered at one time and the rate of hospitalization and death; moreover, the younger the infant at the time of vaccination, the higher was the rate of hospitalization and death . The hospitalization rate increased from 11% for 2 vaccine doses to 23.5% for 8 doses (r2 = 0.91), while the case fatality rate increased significantly from 3.6% for those receiving from 1-4 doses to 5.4 % for those receiving from 5-8 doses.
It will be very surprising to most of us traditional MD/DO doctors that the occurance of pneumonia and otitis media was HIGHER in the vaccinated group. The vaccines against Hemophilus Influenza Type B (HIB) and pneumococcus intitially reduced these common respiratory pathogens which were the leading causes of pneumonia and otitis media in children. Alas, other species (like Moraxella catarrhalis and Hemophilus Influenza type A) and strains seem to have filled the void left by the abscense of these big two. (Much documentation of this effect).
You will also recognize that this list is the list of conditions mediated by the Th2 arm of the immune system. This returns us to the topic of the Th1/Th2 imbalance.
Perhaps it is reasonable to study the overall health effects of vaccinations?