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Study: 75% of SIDS Cases Occur within 3 Days of Vaccination

The cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)—also called “crib death” or “cot death”—is considered somewhat of a mystery in mainstream thinking. Nevertheless, a few researchers consider vaccination to be a contributing factor.

Credit to Steve Kirsch’s article and interview with a former copper who claims “50% of SIDS cases happened within 48 hours of a vaccine administration”.

In this article, Kirsch mentions a paper published on 24 June 2021 titled “Vaccines and sudden infant death: An analysis of the VAERS database 1990–2019 and review of the medical literature” by N.Z. Miller which “found that a substantial proportion of infant deaths and SIDS cases occurred in temporal proximity to vaccine administration”.

On a related note, if the name Miller seems familiar, that’s because he co-authored another paper which found that more vaccines lead to more infant deaths.

But back to this study: this 12-page paper begins with a short history lesson spanning approximately two pages. The content in this section should, figuratively or literally, raise eyebrows.

There are apparently 130 official causes of death for an infant published in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD).

In fact, previous versions of the ICD listed “prophylactic inoculation and vaccination” as a separate cause-of-death category, with subcategories for deaths caused by specific vaccines. However, when the ICD was revised in 1979—and in subsequent updates to the ICD—all cause-of-death classifications associated with vaccination were eliminated.

The author then reviews some history regarding SIDS, including the fact that this was rare before the introduction of organized vaccination programs for infants. As SIDS continued to rise, a campaign was introduced in the 1990s to have babies sleep in a supine rather than prone position (“Back to Sleep”).

The number of SIDS then dropped. However, this was at least partly due to bias in classification.

Sudden, unexplained infant deaths that were classified as SIDS prior to the “Back to Sleep” campaign were now being classified as deaths due to suffocation in bed.

For example:

The trend toward reclassifying sudden infant deaths under alternate ICD codes is an ongoing concern. From 1999 through 2015, the U.S. SIDS rate declined 35.8 % while infant deaths due to accidental suffocation increased 183.8 %.

For the analysis, the author looked at the VAERS database for infants (<1 year of age) who died within 60 days of vaccination from 1990 through 2019, for both all-cause mortality and SIDS.

Of the 2605 infant deaths [all-cause mortality], 58 % clustered within 3 days post vaccination and 78.3 % within 7 days post-vaccination.
Of the 1048 SIDS cases, 51 % clustered within 3 days post vaccination and 75.5 % within 7 days post-vaccination.

There is clearly an excess in mortality during the few days post-vaccination. For both categories: the male-female ratio is approximately 60%:40%, over 85% are less than 6 months old and over 50% are between 0 to 3 months old.

Figure 2: Clustering of SIDS cases and all infant mortality post-vaccination. (VAERS 1990–2019, Miller 2021)
Figure 2: Clustering of SIDS cases and all infant mortality post-vaccination. (VAERS 1990–2019, Miller 2021)

The remaining eight pages of the paper are the discussion in which the author reviews other studies and observations from 1970s onwards which are somewhat similar to the findings of this study. For example:

In 2011, a European hexavalent vaccine manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), produced a confidential report on SIDS. (The report was made publicly available by the Italian Court.) Sudden deaths that occurred within 20 days after hexavalent vaccination were tabulated. The manufacturer concluded that the number of sudden deaths reported after receipt of its hexavalent vaccine did not exceed the background incidence or expected number of cases. However, despite the manufacturer’s conclusion that its hexavalent vaccine does not increase the risk of sudden death, Table 36 on page 249 of the confidential report shows that 62.7 % of these deaths clustered within 3 days post-vaccination and 89.6 % occurred within 7 days post-vaccination. Perhaps more significantly, 97 % (65 of the 67 reported infant deaths) occurred in the first 10 days post-vaccination while just 3% (2 of the 67 infant deaths) occurred in the next 10 days.

In another GSK report submitted to European vaccine regulators in 2015:

Table 6 on page 445 of the report shows that 52.5 % of these deaths clustered within 3 days post-vaccination and 82.2 % occurred within 7 days post-vaccination, remarkably similar to the main findings in this current paper.

SIDS cases in which babies stopped breathing can be attributed to vaccination:

In 1991, Scheibner and Karlsson presented evidence at the 2nd National Immunisation Conference in Canberra, Australia on an association between DPT injections and cot death (SIDS). Karlsson, a biomedical engineer, developed a sophisticated microprocessor, Cotwatch, that was placed under infants’ mattresses to precisely measure their breathing patterns before and after vaccination. The Cotwatch breathing monitor generated computer printouts in integrals of a weighted apnea (cessation of breathing) and hypopnea (abnormally shallow breathing) density (WAHD). The data revealed that pertussis vaccination caused an inordinate increase in episodes where breathing either nearly ceased or stopped completely (Fig. 4). These episodes continued for several weeks post-vaccination.
When adverse reactions or deaths occur several days or weeks after vaccination, it is difficult to associate them with the vaccine. Yet, the Cotwatch computer printouts showed that increased stress levels in breathing continued for more than 6 weeks after vaccination. According to Scheibner, “babies experience flare-ups of stressed breathing after DPT and oral polio vaccines. These days are critical days.” Although preliminary data by Torch in 1982 showed that two-thirds of SIDS babies had been vaccinated within 21 days prior to death, Scheibner’s data indicated that “the recipients of a vaccine such as DPT and oral polio may react for more than 21 days after the vaccines are administered.”

Figure 4: The pertussis vaccine, stress-induced breathing, and risk of SIDS. (Scheibner, 1993)
Figure 4: The pertussis vaccine, stress-induced breathing, and risk of SIDS. (Scheibner, 1993)
Table 5: Onset interval of sudden infant deaths post-vaccination: comparison of studies.
Table 5: Onset interval of sudden infant deaths post-vaccination: comparison of studies.

There are other implications, such as wrongfully blaming parents for child abuse:

Some infant fatalities that occur shortly after vaccinations are incorrectly classified as shaken baby syndrome. However, retinal and subdural bleeding can result from an adult that shook the baby or from vaccine damage. Some parents have been wrongly convicted of killing their own baby when vaccines were the actual cause. According to Dr. Michael Innis, hematologist and expert on shaken baby syndrome, it is a frequent misdiagnosis: “Vaccines administered within 4 weeks of the onset of symptoms are the most common cause.” This is another example showing how the true cause of death can be reclassified or hidden within the death tables. [Emphasis original.]

One of the limitations is that there is no comparison to a baseline, that is, SIDS cases in unvaccinated children. This is almost impossible in recent decades because of infant vaccination programs. Nonetheless, the author makes the following conclusion:

While this paper does not prove an association between infant vaccines and sudden infant deaths, it reveals unusual patterns and safety signals highly suggestive of a causal relationship.

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