vaccines and infant death and injury

I was on the radio on the Kirby Wilbur show Friday afternoon. I took a few minutes to discuss some of the problems with vaccine studies and the court procedures, and the fact that a federal court has recently ruled that a vaccine likely caused a death.

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After carefully analyzing and weighing all of the evidence and testimony presented in this case in accordance with the applicable legal standards, the undersigned finds that petitioners have met their legal burden. Petitioners have put forth preponderant evidence that the vaccines J.B. received on September 2, 2011 actually caused or substantially contributed to his death from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Furthermore, respondent has failed to put forth preponderant evidence that J.B.’s death was in fact caused by factors unrelated to the vaccines. Accordingly, petitioners are entitled to compensation.

please note that in order to prevail in federal court, on the topic of vaccine injury or death, the plaintiff must allege a likely mechanism for the vaccine to have the injury or death. Absent that mechanism, the court rules against the plaintiff, no matter what other evidence there may be that the vaccine was a cause or the cause of the injury.

A lot of the young women have reported problems arising at the time of receiving the vaccine re hpv; some are dead or permanently disabled. However by the rules that Congress set up, no claim in federal court can succeed unless and until the plaintiffs can also put forward a plausible mechanism, method or way for the vaccine to have caused the death or injury.

The infant mortality rate (IMR) is one of the most important indicators of the socio-economic well-being and public health conditions of a country. The US childhood immunization schedule specifies 26 vaccine doses for infants aged less than 1 year—the most in the world—yet 33 nations have lower IMRs. Using linear regression, the immunization schedules of these 34 nations were examined and a correlation coefficient of r = 0.70 (p < 0.0001) was found between IMRs and the number of vaccine doses routinely given to infants. Nations were also grouped into five different vaccine dose ranges: 12–14, 15–17, 18–20, 21–23, and 24–26. The mean IMRs of all nations within each group were then calculated. Linear regression analysis of unweighted mean IMRs showed a high statistically significant correlation between increasing number of vaccine doses and increasing infant mortality rates, with r = 0.992 (p = 0.0009).

Yeah, one of those coinky dinks.

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