Appendix C1 – Vaccines and SIDSa

    • Before vaccination programs were started in the 1960s, “Crib Death” was so infrequent in the United States that it was not included in infant mortality statistics. (excess fluid) of the lungs making it difficult to breath, and inflammatory changes in the respiratory system.
    • In a 1979 Wyeth internal memo regarding SIDS cases following DPT vaccination in Tennessee, the manufacturer reveals a new plan going forward, to distribute vaccines from the greatest number of lots possible per organization/locale, prohibiting distribution of more than 2,000 vials per purchase from any one lot. (
    • By 1980 SIDS became the leading cause of death in the United States for children from 28 days to 1 year old.
    • A survey of 34 industrialized nations found that as the number of doses increased, so did the SIDS rate.
      • The United States gives 26 doses of vaccines to infants in the first year, the most doses of all the countries surveyed. The United States, which ranks 34th, has the highest SIDs rate of 6.22 deaths per 1,000 live births. (The United States also spends more on health care than any of the other nations.)
      • By contrast, Israel which gives 18 vaccine doses is ranked number 14, with a SIDS rate of 4.22 deaths per 1,000 live births.

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