Vaccinated vs Un-vaccinated Kids: Who is Healthier?

Vaccinated vs Un-vaccinated Kids: Who is Healthier?

They finally have a pilot study to show who is healthier, vaccinated or un-vaccinated children? During many conversations with parents in the clinic about the whether or not to vaccinate their children, I have always taken the approach of giving information. Informed parents can make informed decisions.

The first question I ask is, are vaccinated children healthier than non-vaccinated children? And really shouldn’t this be the most basic question of all when it comes to our children’s health?

Even though Americans are among the most vaccinated people in the world, after decades of vaccinations, we are among the sickest.

There has been research implicating vaccination as one reason for the high rates of chronic disease.  However, no government agency or drug company has ever compared the health of vaccinated and non-vaccinated children to see which group has higher rates of neurological disorders, chronic disease, immunological disease, learning disabilities or autism.  Until now!

A study in the Journal Translational Science, looked at more than 600 children in four states, that aimed 1) to compare vaccinated and unvaccinated children on a broad range of health outcomes, and 2) to determine whether an association found between vaccination and neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD), if any, remained significant after adjustment for other measured factors.

A cross-sectional study of mothers of children educated at home was carried out in collaboration with homeschool organizations in four U.S. states: Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oregon.

Mothers were asked to complete an anonymous online questionnaire on their 6- to 12-year-old biological children with respect to pregnancy-related factors, birth history, vaccinations, physician-diagnosed illnesses, medications used, and health services. NDD, a derived diagnostic measure, was defined as having one or more of the following three closely-related diagnoses: a learning disability, Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The study broke the children up into three categories- unvaccinated children, partially vaccinated children and fully vaccinated children. A sample of 666 children was obtained, of which 261 (39%) were unvaccinated. Then the researchers divided the research up into vaccination status and health outcomes, both acute and chronic conditions. They also looked at partial versus full vaccination and chronic health conditions, chronic conditions and gender among vaccinated children and vaccination status, medication use and health services utilization.

The researchers stated, 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; visited a doctor for a health issue in the previous year, and been hospitalized.

Other interesting results showed-

  • When compared with unvaccinated and fully vaccinated children, partially vaccinated children fell somewhere in the middle.
  • Among the vaccinated (combining partially and fully vaccinated children), boys were more likely than girls to be diagnosed with a chronic conditions.
  • After the researchers adjusted for all other significant factors, those that remained significantly associated with NDD were: vaccination and     preterm birth.
  • Preterm birth itself, however, was not significantly associated with NDD, whereas the combination (interaction) of preterm birth and vaccination was associated with 6.6-fold increased odds of NDD.

The authors shared some scary statistics on what the public is told are safe and effective vacines. 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.

The researchers conclude the study stating, assessment of the long-term effects of the vaccination schedule on morbidity and mortality has been limited. First, additional research is needed to replicate the findings in studies with larger samples and stronger research designs. Second, subject to replication, potentially detrimental factors associated with the vaccination schedule should be identified and addressed and underlying mechanisms better understood. Such studies are essential in order to optimize the impact of vaccination of children’s health.

I agree whole heartedly.

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