DEVELOPED Nations: MOST Infant Vaccines, HIGHER Childhood Mortality

… a peer-reviewed study published July 20 in Cureus

… vaccines, which are credited with having reduced disease, disability, and death from a variety of infectious diseases

… Yet the study found … that increase childhood mortality

… challenging the idea that more vaccines administered always results in fewer deaths

… “For example, some nations administer hepatitis B and tuberculosis (BCG) vaccines to their infants shortly after birth”

… “nations that require both vaccines had significantly worse infant mortality rates”

… “compared to nations that require neither vaccine.”

… 2019 and 2021 data from the top 50 nations where childhood vaccine doses range from 12 to 26

… the infant mortality rate increased by 0.167 deaths per 1,000 live births for each additional vaccine dose

…  broadened their research to assess the impact of hepatitis and tuberculosis vaccines on mortality rates

…Mortality data and vaccination schedules were compiled from UNICEF

… the World Health Organization

… the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

… and national governments

… neonatal vaccines for hepatitis B and tuberculosis may not contribute to an overall reduction in mortality

… in nations where infants are at low risk of mortality from diseases

… In these nations, infants may actually experience greater risks from vaccination

… a statistically significant difference of 1.28 deaths per 1000 live births

… among nations that did not vaccinate their neonates at all

… and those that required two vaccine doses

… For each reduction of six vaccine doses administered during infancy

… the infant mortality rate improved by approximately one death per 1,000 live births

… vaccines administered during the first year of life had a greater effect on under age 5 mortality rates

… In most nations, more than half of infant deaths occur during the neonatal period