After the Centers for Disease Control announced that they would not conduct research on unvaccinated children to compare their long-term health to vaccinated kids, other research organizations have stepped in to start measuring the differences and help ensure that vaccines are in fact “safe”. A professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at Jackson State University and colleagues collected data on the health of 405 vaccinated and 262 unvaccinated children ages 6 to 12 from four different states and found some startling results about common childhood health problems. Although the study is a pilot study, these conclusions certainly point to a need for more research on this important topic. Findings state:

  • Vaccinated children were 30 times more likely to suffer from nasal allergies
  • Vaccinated children were 4 times more likely to suffer ear infections and were 6 times more likely to catch pneumonia*

*These results are especially shocking since two of the childhood vaccines are designed to be preventions against ear infections and pneumonia (Hib and Pneumococcal).

But even more concerning were the rates of neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) found in the two groups:

  • ADHD and other Learning Disorders were 4 to 5 times more common in the vaccinated group compared to kids who did not receive vaccines
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder was also 4 times more common in the vaccinated group

The data also surprisingly showed that partial vaccination did not prevent these negative effects; the findings were similar whether a child was fully vaccinated or just partially vaccinated, so even limited or delayed vaccine schedules may not be safer.

Finally, the study demonstrated a significant negative impact of vaccination on the long-term intellectual and neurological health of children who were born prematurely and received the CDC-recommended vaccine schedule:

  • 32% of vaccinated preemies developed an NDD, whereas none of the unvaccinated preemies had a neurodevelopmental disorder

The study concludes that “further research involving larger, independent samples and stronger research designs is needed to verify and understand these unexpected findings in order to optimize the impact of vaccines on children’s health.” And the more important question should be, why isn’t it already happening?

UPDATE: Interestingly, by the time of publishing, this study has been forced offline and some links to it have been de-activated. Some have even falsely claimed the study has been retracted. It hasn’t, but perhaps some believe the results were a little too shocking? You can read the study (and a separate cross-sectional study of the same data) here:

Pilot comparative study on the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated 6- to 12-year old U.S. children, Mawson AR, et al, Journal of Translational Science Apr 24, 2017

Preterm birth, vaccination and neurodevelopmental disorders: a cross-sectional study of 6- to 12-year-old vaccinated and unvaccinated children, Mawson AR, et al, Journal of Translational Science Apr 24, 2017