Elyce Powers

According to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) “The infant mortality rate in the United States showed a consistently downward trend between 1935 and 2000, with the rate declining from 55.7 per 1,000 live births in 1935 to 6.9 in 2000, at an impressive pace of 3.1% per year.”

Meaning, as the number of vaccines on the CDC schedule increased, our Infant Mortality Rate Decreased. Of course, vaccines are not the only advancement to thank for this. I simply want to point out that if vaccines regularly killed babies, we would not expect to see a dramatically lowering infant mortality rate, as we increased the number of vaccines given.

Neonatal and Postneonatal Mortality 

Rates by Race, United States, 1935-2007
Source: HRSA (linked below)

Causes of Infant Mortality 1970 

Source: HRSA (linked below)

Causes of Infant Mortality 2007

Source: HRSA (linked below)
 
Noted Dramatic Declines
Respiratory Distress (from 13% to 3%)
Pneumonia and Influenza (from 8% to 1%)

***Remember, the IMR decreased from 1970 to 2007, so we know that overall the pie chart from 1970 represents far more deaths than the pie chart from 2007. 

 

The decline of Pneumonia, Influenza, and respiratory distress deaths

A 2014 study found that the Influenza Vaccine reduced flu related Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) admissions by 74% (Flu Season 2010-12). Pneumonia is a complication of influenza, in addition to many other vaccine preventable diseases. Children are now routinely vaccinated with the Prevnar 13 immunization, which protects against 13 different strains of Pneumonia causing pneumococcal bacteria. Additionally respiratory distress can be caused by a number of vaccine preventable diseases, such as Pertussis, Measles, and Diphtheria.
Unfortunately some parents still fear the Prevnar 13 vaccine, primarily due to the spread of misinformation.

Are SIDS and Vaccines Related?
No, in fact a 2007 meta-analysis found that immunizations are associated with a halving of the risk of SIDS.


Good Reads: 


Infant Mortality Rates and Vaccines from Vaxopedia

READ THIS: USA Infant Mortality Rate is low, Part 1 & Part 2, from the Vaccines Work Blog

Vaccines and infant mortality rates: A false relationship promoted by the anti-vaccine movement from Science Based Medicine

Vaccines and Infant Mortality Rate from Just the Vax Blog

The CDC Addresses Vaccine Concerns

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